Hot Pink Manganoan Calcite, China
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia A.R., China
This is one of the few really large pink calcites recovered in good condition, that we are aware of. Most were small, or big and damaged. This is so different from any other calcite style we have seen - an intense pink cluster composed of intergrown "wheat sheaves" of elongated manganoan calcite crystals, with an intense pink coloration to them (stronger , richer pink color in fluorescent light as opposed to halogen light, under which these photos were shot). The specimen here is complete all around the display face and sides, with only some contacts in back. This is from a series of pockets which produced such pieces in mid-2011. We believe these will be remembered as a contemporary classic, as well as for their beauty. The pink, manganoan-rich calcite is fluorescent orange-red under UV light. It displays dramatically either vertically or horizontally. Note also that the pink color saturation seems to be volumetric - in other words, these bigger pieces are actually a slightly more rich pink, in normal lighting. For the sheer color impact, this one is hard to beat. Also, this piece has a dramatic form to it that looks almost organic. It is a beautiful piece with many display angles, and complete all around most sides. This beautiful specimen came out about 2 years ago, and have not been found since in this mine district despite further exploration. Mass is 2.2 kilos (about 5 pounds!).
Measures 18.8 x 14.2 x 10.3 cm