Measurements in CM: 10 x 5.5
Height in CM: 3.5
Weight KG: 0.23
Price in AU$: 80.00
Warning: Last items in stock!
Sometimes referred to as Mariposa Calcite (although there is ongoing debate as to whether this is because the inclusions look like the Mariposa butterfly or because this is the name of the mine where this type of Calcite comes from). We call it Phantom Calcite to describe the reddish ore which appears to be inside the calcite. Calcite has grown over the ore and occasionally the internal crystal protrudes.
In the grottos where the calcite has grown, Goethite will sometimes cover the crystals. During mining, if the Goethite is thin, it splintered away from the phantom calcite but thicker layers will remain.11 years ago Rene luckily had the foresight to stock up on Phantom calcite when on a buying trip in Mexico. Rene and his guide Hector tirelessly searched the village of Santa Eulalia for phantom calcite. Time and time again being told by the locals that they had sold out the day before to some Japanese buyers. At the end of the day when Rene and Hector had just about given up hope, a small boy approached and said "Mr. Do you want to buy some Phantom Calcite". It was music to their ears. The boy guided Rene and Hector to a house where boxes of stunning Phantom calcite specimens had been hidden under a bed. There were over 100 specimens and Rene bought the lot!
The price of Phantom Calcite has recently gone through the roof. This is due to the mine becoming completely flooded, which in turn stops miners from unearthing this amazing mineral for ever.
FREIGHT COSTS FOR PHANTOM CALCITES MAY VARY DUE TO DIFFERENT WEIGHTS, PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE YOU ORDER