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Cumbrian Calcites

Famous Cumbrian calcites show a variety of forms, from simple rhombohedra to scalenohodera to hexagonal prisms with rhombohedral and flat basal pinacoids; and all of the preceding in complex combinations.

Most treasured are the "butterfly" and "heart-shaped" twins collected during the 19th Century, such as those shown here.
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A fine Victorian 45 mm calcite heart-shaped twin, Egremont, Cumberland. Ex Chas. W. Velte jr (1914-1987).
A fine Victorian 45 mm calcite heart-shaped twin, Egremont, Cumberland. Ex Chas. W. Velte jr (1914-1987).
Calcite heart twin, Egremont, Cumbria, 85 mm.
Calcite heart twin, Egremont, Cumbria, 85 mm.
Calcite heart twin, Cumbria, 95 mm. ex Jefferis, ex Barstow.
Calcite heart twin, Cumbria, 95 mm. ex Jefferis, ex Barstow.
Calcite crystals with hematite-stained phantoms, Bigrigg Mines, Egremont, Cumbria. Crystals to 2 cm in 85 mm group.
Calcite crystals with hematite-stained phantoms, Bigrigg Mines, Egremont, Cumbria. Crystals to 2 cm in 85 mm group.
14 cm group of calcite crystals to 3 cm, Egremont, Cumbria.
14 cm group of calcite crystals to 3 cm, Egremont, Cumbria.
Calcite, lustrous transparent crystals to 25 mm in 85 mm group. Bigrigg Mine, Egremont, West Cumbria, England.
Calcite, lustrous transparent crystals to 25 mm in 85 mm group. Bigrigg Mine, Egremont, West Cumbria, England.
Transparent colourless calcite crystal (53 mm) showing steep scalenohedral faces, Egremont, Cumbria. 19th Century specimen.
Transparent colourless calcite crystal (53 mm) showing steep scalenohedral faces, Egremont, Cumbria. 19th Century specimen.
Transparent colourless calcite crystal (40 mm) showing steep scalenohedral faces, Egremont, Cumbria. 19th Century specimen.
Transparent colourless calcite crystal (40 mm) showing steep scalenohedral faces, Egremont, Cumbria. 19th Century specimen.
Transparent colourless calcite crystal 3 cm long, Bigrigg, Cumbria.
Transparent colourless calcite crystal 3 cm long, Bigrigg, Cumbria.
Two transparent lustrous calcite crystals, 39 mm long, in parallel growth. Antique German label states Kalkspat, Egremont.
Two transparent lustrous calcite crystals, 39 mm long, in parallel growth. Antique German label states "Kalkspat, Egremont."
45 mm calcite prism, Egremont, Cumbria with 19th Century label. Originally attached to hematite at the base.
45 mm calcite prism, Egremont, Cumbria with 19th Century label. Originally attached to hematite at the base.
Calcite, lustrous transparent crystals to 20 mm in 75 mm group. Frizington, West Cumbria, England. The main crystal is twinned.
Calcite, lustrous transparent crystals to 20 mm in 75 mm group. Frizington, West Cumbria, England. The main crystal is twinned.
Prismatic calcite crystals to 15 mm with flat rhombohedral terminations. Rodderup Mine, Alston, Cumbria.
Prismatic calcite crystals to 15 mm with flat rhombohedral terminations. Rodderup Mine, Alston, Cumbria.
Calcite crystals from Rotherhope Fell, Cumbria, UK. 67mm specimen found 1922.
Calcite crystals from Rotherhope Fell, Cumbria, UK. 67mm specimen found 1922.
Prismatic calcite crystals to 17 mm with rhombohedral terminations on 10 cm matrix. Banana Slide, Cumbria.
Prismatic calcite crystals to 17 mm with rhombohedral terminations on 10 cm matrix. Banana Slide, Cumbria.
Doubly terminated calcite crystals to 22 mm on sphalerite, Jug Vein, Brownley Hill Mine, Cumbria. Ex Lindsay Greenbank.
Doubly terminated calcite crystals to 22 mm on sphalerite, Jug Vein, Brownley Hill Mine, Cumbria. Ex Lindsay Greenbank.
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