It is the principal component of chalk, marble, limestone and stalactites and stalagmites. Calcite is a calcium carbonate, which has been crystallized in hexagonal form. The name calcite comes from the Latin word calx, meaning'lime. Calcite is extremely soft - it rates as only a 3 on the hardness scale.
Therefore it is not seen much in jewelry, though it is faceted for collectors, usually given step cuts. More often, calcite is used for its many ornamental, commercial, and industrial uses.It is used as limestone to make fertilizers, cement and building blocks. Calcite is also used as marble to make sculptures, floor tiles, countertops, and lithographs, and was once used for making microscopes created to study rocks. Calcite is usually found in variations of white. It can also be found in various shades of gray, yellow, pink, brown, green, black, and blue.
Some stones turn beautiful colors when placed under ultraviolet light. Some calcite is translucent and some is opaque. Translucent stones have a luster that ranges from vitreous to iridescent. Iceland Spar is a transparent and colorless variety of calcite that is cut en cabochon and displays a beautiful pink cat's eye effect.
A calcite crystal displays a pearly luster on the sides, and a vitreous luster on the front. It is found as large transparent colorless complex crystals, or as rhombohedral prismatic crystals often twinned or intergrown with other minerals.Give us the following information and then we will get back to you with the wholesale price in about 12-24 hours. Open a request or case. We will definitely give you a solution within 24 hours. Thank you very much for visiting & enjoy! This item is in the category "Collectibles\Rocks, Fossils & Minerals\Crystals & Mineral Specimens\Crystals". The seller is "elegantstones" and is located in this country: CN. This item can be shipped worldwide.