4.8" Stunning Scalenohedral Calcite Crystal Cluster - Wenshan Mine

This is a beautiful cluster of scalenohedral calcite crystals with secondary calcite growths that protrude outward from the largest crystals. It is part of a new find at the Wenshan zinc mines in the Yunnan Province of China. The specimen is accompanied by an acrylic display stand.

Under short-wave ultraviolet light, the calcite crystals exhibit a stunning white fluorescence.

Cave calcite is not actually calcite but is formed from aragonite crystals. Calcite and aragonite are both carbonates with the same chemical formula (CaCO3), but different crystal structures and symmetries. Cave calcite forms underground due to groundwater deposition. While it often forms stalactites and stalagmites it can also form unique, branching, tree-like structures. These beautiful formations are sometimes known as ‘floss ferri’ (flowers of iron) and frostwork.
FOR SALE
$295
DETAILS
SPECIES
Calcite
LOCATION
Wenshan Zinc Mine, Wenshan City, Yunnan, China
SIZE
Entire Specimen: 4.8 x 4"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#223575