This is a gorgeous razor-sharp, glassy, twinned calcite crystal with light-golden colour. Super transparency for its size – at several angles one can see right through this crystal. The twinning is pronounced, with prominent re-entrant faces.
In excellent condition! The bottom tip is contacted (as displayed, depending on your preference, it’s either at the bottom or behind on the righ hand side, and in either case not relevant). There are tiny chips along the upper edge, which faces more toward the back as displayed – not distracting, not even particularly easy to see. Under the lights, this crystal glows. Stunning!
About These Elmwood Calcites
First opened in the 1970s, the Elmwood Mine (the Elmwood-Gordonsville-Cumberland mining complex) has produced some of the world’s finest calcite crystals, many of which are twinned. Over the years, the miners referred to the large orange Elmwood calcite crystals as “footballs”, and they referred to the clear gemmy calcites in this update as “jewels”. These are from a pocket found in late 2014. Most specimens were damaged and these are exceptional – the handful of high-quality specimens in this update are the result of a quest through about 50 flats of specimens.
Highly dependent upon global metal prices and given the low price of zinc, the Elmwood Mine was unfortunately closed in December, 2015. Metal price fluctuations are cyclical and this is not the first time this has happened – the Elmwood Mine has closed and reopened under new ownership in the past. For now, the mine has been placed on care and maintenance with an uncertain future ahead. Hopefully at some point in the future it may be profitable for someone to reopen it.