Mineralogy of Blue Calcite
Raw Blue Calcite, Berta quarry and mine, Barcelona, Spain
Mineral Family: Carbonates
Luster: Vitreous (glassy)
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Cleavage: Perfect, rhombohedral
Fracture: Subconchoidal, brittle
Color of Streak: White
Chemical System: Trigonal
Chemical Composition: Ca[CO3]
Location: Calcite is found in virtually every country. The most important source for Blue Calcite is in Madagascar.
Mineral Family: Blue 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, the most common are Dolomite, Siderite, and Calcite.
Formation: 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.
Mining: 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.
Enhancements: All Blue Calcite is natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
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Photos: Raw Blue Calcite
History of Blue Calcite
Blue 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.
Healing Properties of Blue Calcite
Spiritual: Blue Calcite brings confidence and integrity to our spiritual practices. It is a wonderful stone for strengthening affirmations, especially when they are spoken aloud. Blue Calcite enhances clairvoyance, telepathy, and intuition. It is also particularly well suited for enhancing the visual aspect of internal spiritual journeys. It is attuned to the Throat (5th) and Third Eye (6th) Chakras; is linked to the astrological sign of Cancer and the elements of Wind and Fire; and vibrates to the number 8.
Emotional: Blue Calcite has a very calming effect on the emotional body and helps us to see reality clearly. With clear sight, we can accept what is, and also have more opportunities to create positive and lasting change. Blue Calcite encourages us to be happy and at peace, knowing that we will choose actions that will serve the Highest Good. Blue Calcite is particularly helpful for anyone who tends towards a fatalistic outlook or victim mentality. It shakes us up out of our emotional lethargy and encourages us to be the masters of our own fate.
Mental: Blue Calcite is a fabulous stone for anyone who is actively “re-wiring” their brain. It helps us to stop obsessive or negative thinking and instead focus on those thoughts which bring us peace and prosperity. Blue Calcite is also a wonderful muse for inspiring creativity and thinking “outside of the box.” It helps us to take our creative images and put them into words, making this a particularly good stone for writers or abstract artists.
Physical: Blue Calcite is said be a healing and strengthening stone for the lungs. It is often used by metaphysical healers to treat headaches and for simple eye conditions such as cataracts.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Earth to Pocket
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These Blue Calcite were mined in various locations worldwide and tumbled in South Africa.
I met the owner of the South African tumbling company at the 2014 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. This company only sells tumbled stones twice a year, once at the Tucson show and later at the Sainte Marie Aux Mines International Mineral and Gem Expo in Provence, France. They offer the largest selection of high quality tumbled stones in the industry and are one of my favorite suppliers.
It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Blue Calcite for you.
This price is for one stone.
You can buy a single Blue Calcite or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Blue Calcite measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and has a unique rounded shape with soft edges. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.
The stone I choose for you will be smooth and free of chips and a soft, pale blue. If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.
With their beautiful color and clean energies, these Blue Calcite are perfect for crystal healing. Add them to a medicine bag, place them on an altar, use them in a crystal elixir, fashion them into jewelry, or simply carry them in your pocket.