• Calcite on Quartz with Hematite
  • Calcite on Quartz with Hematite

Calcite on Quartz with Hematite

ID: CC13134
This typical west Cumbrian Calcite specimen is attractive for its gemmy, iron stained scalenohedral crystals and an interesting history.  It is accompanied with two old, entirely handwritten labels, one of which is footed “Birkett, Dec/82”.  This would appear to be John Birkett (ca.1836-ca.1897) of Market Place, Keswick, a large town in the English Lake District, and east of the West Cumbrian iron mines (see The Mineralogical Record Biographical Archive).  The other label has written on it crystallographic indexing notation, possibly in the hand of John Graves, although this is an educated guess.  The Calcite crystals range between 0.3 and 1.3 cm tall, are transparent and predominantly gemmy with a brilliant glassy lustre and tinged delicate shades of red and pink by the underlying minor Quartz and banded Hematite matrix.  An interesting and historic specimen from the Cleator Moor mines, north of Egremont in west Cumbria.

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5.0 × 8.7 × 3.5 cm
Calcite, Oxides and Hydroxides, Quartz and Agate
Cleator Moor, West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumbria, England

Minerals on Specimen

Minerals on specimen
Calcite, Hematite, Quartz

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