Mineralogy of Orange Calcite
Raw Orange Calcite, Prospect Park Quarry, New Jersey, USA
Mineral Family: Carbonates
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Mohs’ Hardness: 3
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 Orange Calcite is in Mexico.
Mineral Family: Orange 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 Orange Calcite is natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
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Photos: Raw Orange Calcite
History of Orange Calcite
Orange 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 Orange Calcite
Spiritual: 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. Orange Calcite is attuned to the Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras, linked to Cancer, and the element of fire and vibrates to the number 8.
Emotional: 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: 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: 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.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Earth to Pocket
Earth to Pocket is the Moonrise Crystal business mission. It’s the promise that any stones purchased here will be consciously sourced and the journey of the stone, from the Earth and into your Pocket, will be as transparent as possible.
These Orange Calcites were mined in Mexico and tumbled in the United States.
I originally found the US wholesale company while searching for a source for Fire Agate and Nephrite Jade. After making an initial purchase, I was immediately impressed by their quality. This company provides wonderful customer service and I often call them to ask questions about various minerals, or even to share with them things which I have learned! The combination of high quality stones, affordable prices, and knowledgeable staff makes me happy to do business with them.
It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Orange Calcite for you.
You can buy a single Orange Calcite or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Orange 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 bright orange. 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 Orange 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.
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