Calcite on Sphalerite #3
HISTORY, NAME, LOCALITIES: Although known since antiquity, calcite’s many confusing crystal habits precluded recognition as a species until 1845. Its name stems from the Greek chalx, meaning “lime.” Calcite is found worldwide; notable collecting localities are in England, Iceland, Germany, India, and the United States (Tennessee, Missouri, Michigan, New Jersey).
According to metaphysical practitioners, calcite enhances learning abilities, reduces fear and stress, removes negative energies, and promotes creativity and imagination.
COLLECTORS’ INFORMATION: Calcite specimens are widely sought by collectors for their remarkable variety of crystal habits and colors, unusual size, affordability, excellent crystal development, and, in composite specimens, interesting associations with many other minerals.
Metaphysical practitioners believe that sphalerite balances the masculine and feminine aspects of personality, assists in changing vocations, and enhances introspection.
COLLECTORS’ INFORMATION: Sphalerite is collected both as individual and composite specimens, the latter in association with such minerals as galena, quartz, and calcite.