An elegant group of three calcite crystals – sharp, with top glassy lustre and good transparency. The crystals are prominently twinned. In excellent condition, tiny cleave at the back of the tip of the crystal on the right (clean and hard to see unless one is examining for it) and a contact under the specimen. Sits perfectly for display as photographed. This is a beautiful 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.