New Calcite Update 06 October 2020

6 October 2020

Rather than a specific locality, this week we are concentrating on Calcite, a common mineral but one that takes on the greatest number of habits and countless mineral associations. Calcite is a much-loved species by most collectors because of its exquisite crystal forms and variations in colour.

It is difficult to choose which to showcase first, but an old favourite is Calcite from Joplin in the Tri-State District of Missouri. Two large Calcite crystals sit on a plate of massive brassy-golden Chalcopyrite, whose underside is encrusted with semi-hemispherical druses of Pyrite to over 1 cm diameter. From Uranium Mine No. 21 at Příbram in the Czech Republic we have stubby scalenohedral Calcite crystals forming a small miniature cluster which is almost completely hidden by a continuous covering of micro-crystals of iridescent brassy Pyrite. And from the Mashamba West Mine at Kolwezi in the Dem. Rep. of Congo, a beautiful bright pink Cobaltoan Calcite with Kolwezite.

Among our British Calcites we have specimens from Sidmouth in Devon, Wheal Wrey in Cornwall, Pallaflat mine in west Cumbria and Levant mine in Cornwall. The localities for all of today’s update are as varied as the specimens themselves. We hope you enjoy the selection and find something you really like.

                    

Can't find what you're looking for? Contact us at orders@crystalclassics.co.uk for any enquiries.

Weekend viewings at our showroom in Somerset are currently available for customers, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Following the recent changes in the government guidelines we have started to receive visitors again. To allow customers the chance to view our extensive range of fine minerals we offer them the chance to visit our showroom during more convenient ‘out of work’ hours. We are allowing just one appointment at a time in the showroom, but this can be for a party of up to 6 people. If you would like to pay us a visit please contact debbie@crystalclassics.co.uk to arrange an appointment.

We also offer an additional service that enables you, as our customer, to contact us via orders@crystalclassics.co.uk with your mineral wish list to enhance your current collection, but are unable to find the right specimens on our website.  We have 1000's of specimens in our general stock that do not appear online.  

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Author: JH
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