Published January 2015  •  Updated February 2024  •  Read Time: 5 minutes
Pale yellowish Calcites are a common mineral found around the world, but vibrant Orange Calcite is rare.  It is mined and polished in both China and India and the two countries are major trading partners.  As a result, this semi-precious stone is more difficult to track along a supply chain.  Calcite’s metaphysical traditions aren’t very old.  In fact, the energies of specific colors like Orange Calcite were first described in the 21st century.  Energetically, it is a stone of happiness and hope.  If we are stuck in a rut, it can help us break free.  It is a wonderful choice for anyone who wants to follow their bliss and see where the adventure takes them.

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Orange Calcite Healing Energy

Spiritual Healing Properties

Orange Calcite is a vibrant spiritual stone which encourages us to move beyond dreaming ideals and into actual living action. It is particularly good for anyone who is feeling “spiritually stuck” or needs to speed up their spiritual development. Orange Calcite gives us courage to actively command our will towards our Highest Good and away from the mundane. It reminds us that we are meant to do Great Things, each in our own unique way.

Metaphysical Properties Orange Calcite
Chakra Sacral and Solar Plexus
Element Fire
Numerology 8
Zodiac Cancer

Emotional Healing Properties

Orange Calcite brings feelings of positivity and stability. It helps us to balance out extreme emotions and encourages us to be more self-confident and self-sufficient. Orange Calcite brings a gentle courage which allows us to better trust ourselves to do what is necessary for our own health and happiness. It combats depression and a tendency to isolate ourselves. Orange Calcite also reveals to us the importance of maintaining a good social support system and reveals ways in which we can build or strengthen our relationships with people.

Mental Healing Properties

Orange Calcite combats laziness – particularly mental laziness. It forces us to face the truth about ourselves and the situations we find ourselves in. Orange Calcite helps us to be more discerning in our thinking. It is particularly helpful for differentiating between “can’t”, “won’t,” and “don’t.” Each of these words has a vastly different meaning and it is important to know which word is actually true for each situation. Standing in truth, we can then move forward in our lives with confidence and integrity. Orange Calcite is especially good for entrepreneurs or anyone in a leadership role who is required to be industrious and energetic and above all moving in the right direction.

Physical Healing Properties

Orange Calcite is said to encourage the healing and strengthening of bones and is said to be particularly good for fortifying the body against osteoporosis. It is most often used to stimulate the metabolism and fortify the immune system. It is also used to treat the sexual organs and digestive system.

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Geology of Orange Calcite

Where does Orange Calcite come from?

Calcite is found worldwide in every color.  Some of the more notable deposits for Orange Calcite are China, India, Namibia and the United States.

Mining and Treatments

Calcite is a principal crystal extracted in commercial Limestone mines. It is mined in shallow pits at the primary deposit where the Calcite still has its original relationship with the host rock. After being extracted, Calcite is sorted into different grades depending on color. From a commercial viewpoint, the best variety is pure white, which can be pulverized into a powder and used to make rubber, paint, cement, textile goods, and especially ceramics. Collectors prefer vividly-colored stones, which are typically mined in small scale mines.

All Calcite is natural, enhanced only by cutting and polishing.

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Mineral Family

Calcite is a Carbonate mineral. Carbonates are an important part of the Earth’s crust and are found in sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. Carbonates are minerals which contain the carbonate group CO3 as their basic structural unit. They form in a trigonal system with one carbon atom centrally located between 3 oxygen atoms. While there are over 70 types of Carbonate minerals, one of the most common is Calcite.

Orange Calcite’s energy works well with its family – other Carbonite minerals.  Try it in combination with Aragonite, Azurite, Magnesite, Rhodochrosite, and Stichtite. It also blends perfectly with other types of Calcite such as Blue, Gold, Green, Pink, and White.

Orange Calcite Formation and Crystal Associates

Calcite is formed when liquid calcium, shell, coral, and algal debris settle onto the muddy bottom of a saltwater ocean or lake. From there they are gradually solidified into a single mass during diagenesis, the process of transforming loose sediment into a sedimentary rock. The resulting rock is typically Limestone, which is richly laced with small Calcite minerals. Later on, if the Limestone is subjected to heat and pressure, it can become Marble, a metamorphic rock. The heat and pressure of the metamorphic process causes larger Calcite crystals to grow. In rare cases, Calcite may be found as an accessory mineral in igneous rocks alongside calcium-rich Feldspar.

Orange Calcite’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Fluorite

Mineralogy Orange Calcite
Chemical Formula Ca[CO3]
Cleavage Perfect, rhombohedral
Color Orange
Crystal System Hexagonal/triagonal
Form/Habit Scalenohedral, rhombohedral
Fracture Subconchoidal, brittle
Hardness – Mohs Scale 3
Luminescence Pink, strong (long wave) / Blue, strong (short wave)
Luster Vitreous
Mineral Family Carbonites
Specific Gravity 2.69-2.71
Streak White
Transparency Transparent to opaque

History of Orange Calcite

Calcite was “discovered” relatively recently by the metaphysical community and so it was not included in any early lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. Calcite is an extremely common and soft mineral which makes it an excellent choice for carving, both in ancient times and today. It is certainly possible that many of the carvings had healing and spiritual purposes.  Most Calcites are found in Limestone. In fact, the word “Calcite” comes from the Greek word chalix, meaning lime.

Most Calcite is colorless or a dull neutral color.  Dull yellow-orange Calcite is not particularly unusual, but translucent crystals with a bright orange color tend to be rare.  Orange Calcite is found in both China and India.  These two countries are responsible for polishing much of the world’s crystals, including many of the healing stones sold in metaphysical stores.  Since both countries mine and polish the stone, it is difficult to track the supply chain as a 3rd party observer.  Those mined in India, come from Maharashtra on the western side of the peninsula.  Those mined in China may come from the central Chinese provinces of Hubei and Hunan, or from farther south in Guangxi.

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