Pink calcite (calcite with manganese)
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, UK.
MINEROLOGY: Calcite originates from solutions containing calcium. In hydrothermal veins large crystals are formed, but is more common than the calcite is formed by sedimentation (the process by which the moving sediment is deposited weathered solutions.) The pink color was generated by natural exposure to ionizing radiation.
MYTHOLOGY: 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. 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 centuries dominated cooking technique and lime mortar manufacturing.
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 is a stone of pardon, freed from fear and heartache that keep us anchored to the past giving us unconditional love, it is said that this stone prevents nightmares, makes us more friendly and open to others.
ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio.
USES: Jewellery, collection, meditation, for cements, ceramics, obtaining lime, cargo, chemical industry, as a flux in metal ores.