Sea shells are made of calcite, as is marble. Alabaster is a very fine, translucent form of calcite. A soft malleable stone, large pieces of calcite sometimes have a powdery feel.

Calcite is very delicate and susceptible to both acid and abrasion. It also absorbs oils easily.


Calcite has been used to make jewelry and beads since ancient Egyptian times.


US States

Alabama: marble, official state rock
Colorado: Yule marble, official state rock
Tennessee: limestone, official state rock
Vermont: marble, official state rock

See also

alabastercoral and mother of pearl

calcite penguins

mangano (pink) calcite sphere

naturally-formed pink calcite crystals

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