11.8" Beam Calcite Crystal Cluster with Phantoms - Morocco

This is a beautiful, honey colored beam calcite crystal cluster that's part of a new find from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. It features a bed of sharp calcite crystals that contain phantoms. The terminations of the crystals are filled to the brim with sparkling inclusions that gathered near the end of the crystals formation. Sharply terminated crystals stab wildly from the center mass and offer a fascinating glimpse into the formation of the specimen. The relatively abrupt transition between the light and dark crystals presents a juxtaposition that is visually exhilarating.

The entire specimen measures 11.8" by 9.1" and has a relatively flat base that allows for aesthetic presentation of without the need for a display stand.

Calcite, CaCO3, is a carbonate mineral and the most stable polymorph of calcium carbonate. The other polymorphs are the minerals aragonite and vaterite. Calcite crystals are trigonal-rhombohedral, though actual calcite rhombohedra are rare as natural crystals. However, they show a remarkable variety of habits including acute to obtuse rhombohedra, tabular forms, and prisms. Calcite exhibits several twinning types adding to the variety of observed forms. It may occur as fibrous, granular, lamellar, or compact. Cleavage is usually in three directions parallel to the rhombohedron form.
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
11.8 x 9.1"