3.8" Calcite Crystals on Druzy Quartz - China

This is a beautiful association of calcite crystals that formed over druzy quartz crystals, collected from china. This appears to be the end of a stalactite-like formation that was encrusted in druzy quartz/chalcedony and later calcite.

Comes with an acrylic 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.

Silicon Dioxide, also known as SiO2 or Quartz, is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Quartz crystals generally grow in silica-rich, hot watery solutions called hydrothermal environments, at temperatures between 100°C and 450°C, and usually under very high pressure. Quartz veins are formed when open fissures are filled with hot water during the closing stages of mountains forming, and can be hundreds of millions of years old.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Calcite & Quartz
LOCATION
China
SIZE
3.8 x 2.9"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#163253