ETYMOLOGY: The name comes from the latin word calx meaning lime.
CRYSTAL SYSTEM: Trigonal, hexagonal.
PRINCIPLE OF FORMATION: Secundary.
MINERAL CLASS: Carbonates.
CHEMICAL FORMULA MINERAL ELEMENTS: CaCO3.
Hardness: 3 on the Mohs scale.
FIEDS: Brazil, Iceland, Romania, Belgium, Czech Republic, USA, Great Britain.
MINEROLOGY: Among the varieties of calcium carbonate is the most stable mineral. The calcite is a carbonate alocromático pure state is colorless, but depending on the different substances involved in its formation can be discolored or another, may contain iron, chromium, copper, vanadium or magnesium.
MYTHOLOGY: The calcite is one of the most abundant minerals on the planet and usually occurs in large quantities. The easy water solubility of calcium carbonate often makes calcite is washed leaving holes in the rock, or suffering pseudomorphosis eg smithsonite or hematite, copper, pyrite, quartz, galena, marcasite or pyrolusite. Because calcite is a very common mineral, and their varied forms, also has a very different use. The Romans dominated the art of cooking lime and mortar manufacturing. As calcium, calcite is used since ancient times as a folk medicine, it has been used in dressings for diseases of the skin: ulcers, warts, wounds etc.
READ MORE: The pseudomorphosis is the phenomenon by which a given mineral form is replaced, maintaining its shape, other mineral different chemical composition (eg is azurite Malachite pseudomorph).
PROPERTIES: It promotes the spiritual, inner growth, brings speed and security for thinking and acting, white mineral favor the self-knowledge.
ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio.
USES: Jewellery, collection, meditation, cement, ceramics, obtaining lime, cargo, chemical industry, as a flux in metal ores.