This specimen features a sharp, glassy, light golden calcite crystal with great transparency. The crystal is beautifully twinned, with prominent re-entrant faces. In excellent condition – tiny cleave at the right-hand termination, you have to be looking for it to notice. Sits perfectly for display in two orientations, I can’t decide which one I prefer. A beautiful display 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.