A super twinned calcite crystal, with deep, prominent re-entrant faces. The crystal is sharp, with bright glassy lustre and great transparency. It is slightly more golden than a champagne hue. In excellent condition, no damage. There is a contact on the backside of the right-hand termination, and an interesting little hollow under the left-hand side, where limestone interacted with the crystal (seen in the fifth photo). This is a great piece!
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 a few years ago. Most specimens were damaged and these are exceptional – the handful of high-quality specimens in this update are the result of a quest through many flats of specimens.