A lustrous, sharp, transparent calcite crystal on a thin plate of limestone. The crystal is beautifully twinned, with prominent re-entrant faces. In excellent condition, no damage. There is a small contact with one face – it is not an indent, essentially flush to the face, and is minor in relation to the specimen overall. This is a gorgeous crystal.
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.