5.5" Yellow Calcite Crystals - Shangbao Mine, China

This is a cluster of large calcite crystals that were collected from the Shangbao Mine in Hunan, China. The largest calcite crystal is 1.9" wide and the entire specimen is 5.5 x 3.7".

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.
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang Co., Hengyang, Hunan, China
5.5 x 3.7"