Museum: Calcite and associated
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amateurs de calcite
For lovers of calcite only
These calcites are
from a rare and now closed Belgium locality:
The last specimen on the page is from the famous Mont-sur-Marchiennes quarry, now also, unfortunately closed
The story of these is that only
two people ever were allowed to collect at Solvay. The crystals on this
page were collected by one of these lucky fellows,
Armand, a vegetable seller
who provided extra fine vegetables for
the wife of the mine manager.
A good friend of mine Jacques, a mining engineer who had helped Armand in the past (and who is fortunately a fluorite collector and not a calcite collector) recently went to this vegetable and calcite seller's "garage sale" and sent me these specimens.
Why don't I find garage sales like this in Minnesota?!
The specimens are
shown in multiple
pictures from slightly different angles. This gives you some sense of
glow from inside these wonderful crystals. Notice the well defined
planes on some, particularly on the last specimen of the page.
||A 6 cm twin on a bed of small calcites, on limestone.|
|A 10 cm twin.|
|What a place to climb! The final assault on the summit of this little known mountain near Brussels, Belgium, require rappelling nearly straight up 300 meters of solid calcite. Shown in the pale light of dawn.|
||Gemmy little 2 - 3.5 crystals on matrix. They glow.|
|Perpendicular crystals, 6.5 and 10 cm long|
|The Millennium Falcon I call this one. 10.5 X 7 cm, capable of multiples of light speed. The small picture (center picture, below) shows the device charging it's main drive (large glowing structure in the back).|
|Nice, gemmy 5 cm twin. Note the well-defined twinning line around the middle.|
|Rare as it
gets. Note the interesting
re-start of the double termination. Perfect and undamaged.
I take it out in the sun and enjoy it. Unlike fluorite, it doesn't bleach!