April 2022,  New Mineral Edition

 

We have added a good selection of the new find of Calcites coming from the Zhudi mine. The Zhudi mine is located in the Zhudi Village, in the Liancheng County (China), where we picked up very nice specimens some weeks ago. The Zhudi mine is a lead-zinc deposit, currently exhausted. The mine's owners were recovering some Calcites for collection purposes. 

 

The Calcites are lining the walls of huge cavities inside the mine as you can see on the video below. The Calcites are forming groups and clusters of well formed flattened prismatic crystals with hexagonal shapes and a marked zoning. These Calcites are known as "sandwich Calcites" for the miners. The tabular crystals have a translucent zone sandwiched between two milky white zones. Some pieces also show pink hues. Under long wave UV light this form of Calcite is highly fluorescent with a beautiful orange glow.

 

Beside these new Calcites we have added a selection of other minerals of very good quality. Not everyone likes the Calcites :)

 

Please, don't hesitate to contact us for any inquiry or question, by email to mch@mchminerals.com or through the Contact Section

Note: Photos taken using white light lamps and videos in conditions of natural light. 

 

Click on the photos for a better visualization of the pieces.

 

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BQ01 - Calcite.  Zhudi lead-zinc mine, Zhudi Village, Liancheng County, Longyan Prefecture, Fujian province, China.

Sandwich Calcite China
Sandwich Calcite China
Calcite China
Calcite China

Group of well formed flattened prismatic crystals of Calcite with hexagonal shapes and a marked zoning, these Calcites are known as "sandwich Calcites". Disposed on matrix of dark grey limestone. The tabular crystals have a translucent zone sandwiched between two milky white zones. Under long wave UV light this form of Calcite is highly fluorescent with a beautiful rich orange glow. Excellent Calcite from a new discovery in China. Aesthetic specimen in very good condition

 

Specimen size: 9.5 cm x 6.5 cm

 

Price: 250€ Available

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BQ02 - Calcite.  Zhudi lead-zinc mine, Zhudi Village, Liancheng County, Longyan Prefecture, Fujian province, China.

Sandwich Calcite China
Sandwich Calcite China
Calcite China
Calcite China

Well formed flattened prismatic crystals of Calcite with hexagonal shapes and a marked zoning, these Calcites are known as "sandwich Calcites". Disposed on matrix of dark grey limestone. The tabular crystals have a translucent zone sandwiched between two milky white zones. Under long wave UV light this form of Calcite is highly fluorescent with a beautiful rich orange glow. Very nice Calcite from a new discovery in China. The condition is excellent.

 

Specimen size: 8 cm x 4 cm

 

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BQ03 - Calcite.  Zhudi lead-zinc mine, Zhudi Village, Liancheng County, Longyan Prefecture, Fujian province, China.

Sandwich Calcite China
Sandwich Calcite China
Sandwich Calcite China
Sandwich Calcite China
Calcite China
Calcite China
Calcite China
Calcite China

Excellent specimen composed of groups of well formed flattened prismatic crystals of Calcite with hexagonal shapes and a marked zoning, these Calcites are known as "sandwich Calcites". The tabular crystals have a translucent zone sandwiched between two milky white zones. Under long wave UV light this form of Calcite is highly fluorescent with a beautiful rich orange glow. Disposed on matrix of dark grey limestone. Nice Calcite from a new discovery in China. The condition is excellent. 

 

Specimen size: 11.5 cm x 8 cm

 

Price: 520€

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BQ04 - Calcite.  Zhudi lead-zinc mine, Zhudi Village, Liancheng County, Longyan Prefecture, Fujian province, China.

Sandwich Calcite China
Sandwich Calcite China
Calcite China
Calcite China

Group of well defined flattened prismatic crystals of Calcite with hexagonal shapes and a marked zoning, these Calcites are known as "sandwich Calcites". The tabular crystals have a translucent zone sandwiched between two milky white zones. Under long wave UV light this form of Calcite is highly fluorescent with a beautiful rich orange glow. Disposed on matrix of dark grey limestone. Aesthetic Calcite from a new discovery in China. In excellent condition, no damage.

 

Specimen size: 8 cm x 5 cm

 

Not available

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BQ05- Calcite.  Zhudi lead-zinc mine, Zhudi Village, Liancheng County, Longyan Prefecture, Fujian province, China.

Sandwich Calcite China
Sandwich Calcite China
Sandwich Calcite China
Calcite China
Calcite China
Calcite China

Well formed flattened prismatic crystals of Calcite with hexagonal shapes and a marked zoning, these Calcites are known as "sandwich Calcites". The tabular crystals have a translucent zone sandwiched between two milky white zones. Under long wave UV light this form of Calcite is highly fluorescent with a beautiful rich orange glow. Excellent Calcite from a new discovery in China. The condition is very good as seen. Disposed on matrix of dark grey limestone.

 

Specimen size: 9 cm x 7 cm

 

Price: 270€ Available

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BQ06- Calcite.  Zhudi lead-zinc mine, Zhudi Village, Liancheng County, Longyan Prefecture, Fujian province, China.

Sandwich Calcite China
Sandwich Calcite China
Calcite China
Calcite China

Large main well formed flattened crystal of Calcite accompanied by other smaller prismatic crystals. Disposed on matrix of dark grey limestone. The crystals show hexagonal shapes and a marked zoning, these Calcites are known as "sandwich Calcites". The tabular crystals have a translucent zone sandwiched between two milky white zones. Under long wave UV light this form of Calcite is highly fluorescent with a beautiful rich orange glow. Excellent Calcite from a new discovery in China. No damage. Better in person.

 

Specimen size: 9 cm x 8 cm

Main crystal size: 4 cm x 2 cm

 

Price: 220€ Available

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BQ07- Calcite.  Zhudi lead-zinc mine, Zhudi Village, Liancheng County, Longyan Prefecture, Fujian province, China.

Sandwich Calcite China
Sandwich Calcite China
Calcite China
Calcite China

Very nice group of well formed flattened prismatic crystals of Calcite with hexagonal shapes and a marked zoning, these Calcites are known as "sandwich Calcites". The tabular crystals have a translucent zone sandwiched between two milky white zones. Under long wave UV light this form of Calcite is highly fluorescent with a beautiful rich orange glow. Excellent Calcite from a new discovery in China. The condition is very good as seen. Disposed on matrix of dark grey limestone.

 

Specimen size: 8 cm x 6 cm

 

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BQ08- Calcite.  Zhudi lead-zinc mine, Zhudi Village, Liancheng County, Longyan Prefecture, Fujian province, China.

Sandwich Calcite China
Sandwich Calcite China
Calcite China
Calcite China

Very nice new find from China. It is composed of  well formed flattened prismatic crystals of Calcite with hexagonal shapes and a marked zoning. Disposed on matrix of dark grey limestone. These Calcites are known as "sandwich Calcites". The tabular crystals have a translucent zone sandwiched between two milky white zones. Under long wave UV light this form of Calcite is highly fluorescent with a beautiful rich orange glow. Nice Calcite from a new discovery in China. In excellent condition

 

Specimen size: 9 cm x 6 cm

 

Price: 150€ Available

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BQ09- Calcite.  Zhudi lead-zinc mine, Zhudi Village, Liancheng County, Longyan Prefecture, Fujian province, China.

Sandwich Calcite China
Sandwich Calcite China
Calcite China
Calcite China

Excellent new Calcite. It is composed of two main large flattened prismatic crystals of Calcite with hexagonal shapes and a marked zoning. The main crystal measures 4 cm x 3.5 cm. On matrix of dark grey limestone. These Calcites are known as "sandwich Calcites". The tabular crystals have a translucent zone sandwiched between two milky white zones. Under long wave UV light this form of Calcite is highly fluorescent with a beautiful rich orange glow. Very nice Calcite from a new discovery in China. The condition is excellent, no damage. Better in person.

 

Specimen size: 6.5 cm x 4 cm

 

Price: 260€ Available

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BQ10- Calcite.  Zhudi lead-zinc mine, Zhudi Village, Liancheng County, Longyan Prefecture, Fujian province, China.

Sandwich Calcite China
Sandwich Calcite China
Calcite China
Calcite China

Aerial flattened prismatic crystals of Calcite with hexagonal shapes and a marked zoning, on matrix of dark grey limestone. These Calcites are known as "sandwich Calcites". The tabular crystals have a translucent zone sandwiched between two milky white zones. Under long wave UV light this form of Calcite is highly fluorescent with a beautiful rich orange glow. Excellent Calcite from a new discovery in China. No damage.

 

Specimen size: 3.5 cm cm x 3 cm

 

Not Available

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BQ11- Calcite.  Zhudi lead-zinc mine, Zhudi Village, Liancheng County, Longyan Prefecture, Fujian province, China.

Sandwich Calcite China
Calcite China

Very large crystal of Calcite disposed on matrix of dark grey limestone. The crystal has a hexagonal shape and a marked zoning, these Calcites are known as "sandwich Calcites". The tabular crystals have a translucent zone sandwiched between two milky white zones. Under long wave UV light this form of Calcite is highly fluorescent with a beautiful rich orange glow. Excellent Calcite from a new discovery in China. No damage.

 

Specimen size: 11 cm x 5 cm

Crystal size: 5.5 cm x 3 cm

 

Price: 160€ Available

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BQ12- Calcite.  Zhudi lead-zinc mine, Zhudi Village, Liancheng County, Longyan Prefecture, Fujian province, China.

Sandwich Calcite China
Sandwich Calcite China
Calcite China
Calcite China

Cute Calcite specimen. Group of aerial crystals of Calcite with hexagonal shapes and a marked zoning, these Calcites are known as "sandwich Calcites". The tabular crystals have a translucent zone sandwiched between two milky white zones. On matrix of dark grey limestone. Under long wave UV light this form of Calcite is highly fluorescent with a beautiful rich orange glow. Excellent Calcite from a new discovery in China.  

 

Specimen size: 3.8 cm x 2.6 cm

 

Not available

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BQ13- Aquamarine on Feldspar. Shigar Valley, Gilgit- Baltistan, Pakistan.

Aquamarine,Pakistan
Aquamarine,Pakistan
Aquamarine,Pakistan
Aquamarine,Pakistan

Aerial crystal of Aquamarine disposed on matrix of Feldspar with a Muscovite rosette. The Aquamarine is transparent with very nice sky blue color and good brightness. No damage. Very good Aquamarine specimen from the Shigar Valley.

 

Specimen size: 7 cm x 6.5 cm

 

Price: 380€ Available

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BQ14 - Elbaite with Cleavelandite. Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Gilt-Baltistan, Pakistan.

Elbaite, Stak Nala
Elbaite, Stak Nala
Elbaite, stak Nala
Elbaite, stak Nala

Very well defined Elbaite crystals, translucent, bright, with transparent terminations, and very well defined color zoning. On matrix of white laminar Albite (Cleavelandite variety) crystals. No damage.

 

Specimen size: 5 cm x 4 cm

 

Not available

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BQ15 - Fluorite. Xianghualing, Linwu County, Chenzhou, Hunan, China.

Fluorite China
Fluorite China
Fluorite

Group of well formed octahedral crystals of Fluorite with polycrystalline growths on the faces. The crystals show an intense green color and are between translucent and transparent. With coatings of white Calcite. No damage. 

 

Specimen size: 7.5 cm x 5 cm

 

Price: 200€ Available

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BQ16 -  Amethyste with Hyalite Opal. Amatitlán, Eduardo Neri Municipality, Guerrero, Mexico.

Amethyste Guerrero
Amethyste Guerrero
Guerrero Amethyste
Guerrero Amethyste

Some of the best Amethysts in the world came from the far region of Amatlitán, Guerrero in Mexico. The crystals from Guerrero are larger around the lower and middle part, tapering towards the ends, a good way to generally distinguish them from the locality of Veracruz, also in Mexico. The main large crystal is disposed on matrix accompanied by other Amethyst crystal and Hyalite opal. The colour is a deep reddish purple. The crystals show an excellent clarity with phantoms of color along the prisms and with reflecting fluid inclusions. The cause of that colour is those Fe3+ atoms substituting for some silicon atoms. No damage. 

 

Specimen size:  6.5 cm x 5.5 cm

 

Not available

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BQ17 -  Amethyste Quartz. Amatitlán, Eduardo Neri Municipality, Guerrero, Mexico.

 

Amethyste Guerrero
Guerrero Amethyste

Sharp crystal of Amethyst accompanied by other smaller crystals in parallel growth. With deep and vivid violet color and very good transparency. The Amethysts from Amatitlán are different from those from Las Vigas, they are becoming harder and harder to find and are highly valued by collectors. This one is a very nice Guerrero Amethyst. It is in very good condition. 

 

Specimen size:  4.7 cm x 1.5 cm

 

Price: 170€ Available

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BQ18 -  Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite. Pingwu mine, Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, China.

Pink Apatite
Pink Apatite
Pink Apatite
Pink Apatite

A specimen from the 2004 find in the Pingwu area, China.  The Pingwu mine was famous for Scheelite and Cassiterite, the pink Fluorapatites were very scarce. This one is a superb example of the gem clear pink Fluorapatites from the Xuebaoding mountain find of 2004. The Fluorapatite crystal measures 2.2 cm and is nestled on a bed of well crystalized Muscovite. With a transparent crystal of Quartz with very well defined faces and edges. Overall a very aesthetic presentation, damage free. These Apatites are also vividly fluorescent.

 

Specimen size:  9 cm x  5.5 cm

 

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BQ19 -  Fluorapatite with Muscovite. Pingwu mine, Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, China.

Pink Apatite
Pink Apatite
Pink Apatite
Pink Apatite

A specimen from the 2004 find in the Pingwu area, China.  The Pingwu mine is famous for Scheelite and Cassiterite, the pink Fluorapatites are really very scarce. This one is a superb example of the gem clear pink Fluorapatites from the Xuebaoding mountain find of 2004. It is composed of a group of crystallized Fluorapatites disposed on a bed of Muscovite. Aesthetic specimen in excellent condition. The Apatites are also vividly fluorescent.

 

Specimen size:  5 cm x  3 cm

 

Price: 280€ Reserved

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BQ20 -  Sphalerite with Dolomite. Las Mánforas, Aliva, Cantabria, Spain

Las Manforas Sphalerite
Las Manforas Sphalerite
Aliva Sphalerite
Aliva Sphalerite

Complex Sphalerite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, with an intense and uniform honey color, food transparency and on a matrix with white Dolomite crystals. The specimens from Las Mánforas, increasingly hard to get, are already a Spanish mineralogical classic. This one is a great example in excellent condition and very good size.

 

Specimen size:  13 cm x  10 cm

 

Not available

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BQ21 -  Bournonite with Pyrite. Canutillos mine, Machacamarca District, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí, Bolivia.

Bournonite
Bournonite
Bournonite
Bournonite

Metalic silver crystal of Bournonite forming a complet cyclic twin with very well formed faces and edges and displaying the classic cogwheel shape. It is disposed on a matrix with small lustrous crystals of Pyrite and Quartz. The piece is in excellent condition. No damage.

 

Specimen size:  7 cm x  6.5 cm


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BQ22 -  Fluorapatite with Chalcopyrite and Siderite. Panasqueira mine, Barroca Grande, Covilha, Portugal.

Blue Panasqueira Apatite
Blue Panasqueira Apatite
Blue Panasqueira Fluorapatite
Blue Panasqueira Fluorapatite

Aerial prismatic crystal of Fluorapatite with good transparency,  an intense purple blue color and very bright. It is settled on a well formed Chalcopyrite crystal, also with Siderite crystals. It is in excellent condition. This one is an old specimen, it was extracted circa 1990 and was part of the MChMinerals' collection.

 

Specimen size:  5 cm x  3 cm

 

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BQ23 -  Spessartine Garnet with Feldspar and Muscovite. Tongbei, Yunxiao, Fujian Province, China.

Gemmy garnet
Gemmy garnet
Gemmy garnet
Gemmy garnet

Gemmy crystal of Spessartine Garnet with very well defined faces and edges and growths patterns, it is aesthetically disposed on matrix of Albite and Muscovite. The Spessartine has an excellent color, high luster and very good transparency. 

 

 

Specimen size:  4.5 cm x 4 cm

 

Price: 180€ Available

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BQ24 -  Spessartine Garnet with Quartz and Feldspar. Tongbei, Yunxiao, Fujian Province, China.

Gemmy garnet
Gemmy garnet
Gemmy garnet
Gemmy garnet

Sharp trapezohedral Spessartine crystals with very well developed faces and edges and very well defined growth patterns. The crystals are transparent, they are very bright and with a very intense and vivid color. On Microcline Feldspar and with smoky Quartz crystals. These samples from this mine are increasingly difficult to obtain. In excellent condition.

 

Specimen size:  4.5 cm x  3.5 cm

 

Price: 160€ Available

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