Stalactitic Calcite "Flower" Crystals
Dimension: 7cm x 6.4cm x 2.7cm
Locality: Wenshan Mine, Wenshan Co., Wenshan, Yunnan, China
An amazingly sculptural Stalactitic Calcite "flower" from this well-known Wenshan zinc mine famous for deep blue hemimorphites, excellent aragonites and striking cave calcite forms.
The striking crystal flowers consist of glassy, translucent scalenohedrons attached to calcite stalks growing on a matrix. Strikingly, the outer layer of the crystals are colourless with the core having a contrasting white colour. In great condition given the harsh geological environments of the Wenshan cave!