A top collectible Calcite Cluster. This specimen is in excellent condition with little or no damage. Featuring many sharply terminated crystals clustered together. This piece has come from a collection and will no doubt go straight back into one. Calcite in its many shapes and colours is a very popular mineral. A super piece, my photos don’t do it justice.
Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
17cm x 13cm x 7.5cm, 1905g
A very common and widespread mineral with highly variable forms and colours. Calcite is best recognized by its relatively low Mohs hardness (3) and its high reactivity with even weak acids, such as vinegar, plus its prominent cleavage in most varieties.
Named as a mineral by Gaius Plinius Secundus (Pliny the elder) in 79 from Calx, Latin for Lime.