Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China

    Some things don't change no matter where you are on the planet. When beautiful, light pink Manganocalcite specimens first started to hit the market in the 1990s, Chinese dealers and middle men immediately deployed the "smoke & mirrors" approach to locality information. This fine group of pastel pink stacked crystals comes with a label asserting that it is from "Hunan, China," which is about as enlightening as listing a specimen as being from "Nevada" or "Minas Gerais." The situation has not markedly improved with these babies since. The locality has now been pinned down to Chenzhou Prefecture in Hunan, so you can't say there isn't progress. In appearance, it is a fine example of the type showing a variegated mix of pale pink tabular Manganocalcite crystals of glassy luster, from which stubby stalagmites with a more neutral coloration protrude. All of the Manganocalcites are razor-sharp and exceptionally well formed. The matrix is a light gray and white block of massive limestone bearing a light coat of the same Manganocalcite in small, glistening crystals lightly scattered over the matrix. The condition of the piece is excellent with the only nicks occurring at the edges or bottom of the piece. The specimen shows wild orange-red fluorescence under SW UV.
    Overall Measurements: 8.25 x 7.75 x 4.75 inches (20.96 x 19.69 x 12.07 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: Keith Proctor [Hoppel #D1962]

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    May, 2014
    4th Sunday
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