2.6" Milky, Candle Quartz Crystal - Inner Mongolia

This is a beautiful, milky quartz crystal with calcite, collected from the Huanggang Mine of Inner Mongolia, China. This quartz is commonly referred to as "candle quartz" due to its waxy candle-like appearance. It's partially covered in secondary quartz crystals that exhibit a glowing orange fluorescence under shortwave ultraviolet light. This fluorescence can likely be attributed to aragonite beneath the secondary quartz crystals.

The "Huanggang Mine" is a complex of seven somewhat interconnected mines located near Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, China. Incredible mineral specimens started coming out of this mining complex around 2009. However, the location provided for the specimens was a long ways away from the actual site. This is a practice commonly performed by dealers and miners following a new discovery to try and preserve the mineral site's true location, and/or for political purposes.

As the site's popularity increased, more and more fascinating specimens were popping up on the market. Some of the earlier minerals included world-class ilvaite crystals, pink fluorite octahedrons, hedenbergite-included quartz (many of which were discarded at first), and arsenopyrite. Over the following years, garnets, pink manganoan calcite, gorgeous fluorites, sphalerite, löllingite, borcarite, scheelite, and a variety of other minerals began to surface on the market. To this day, new mineral discoveries are often made in these mines.

A brief description of the mine and minerals from the Huanggang Deposit.

Quartz & Calcite
Huanggang Mine, Kèshíkèténg Qí, Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China
2.6 x 2.2"