Calcite is a beautiful and impressive form of calcite mined exclusively in the state of Utah. Honeycomb Calcite, much like
onyx and marble (in general characteristics) can provide a colorful replacement or dramatic accent stone for architectural
and artistic applications. The name "Honeycomb Calcite" comes from the remarkable honeycomb appearance when viewing a polished
surface. The "honeycomb look" is formed by the growth of long fibrous or tubular cells and crystals of honey-yellow calcite
outlined by white membranes surrounding each cell. These cells grow in needle-like bundles. This "bundling" adds strength
and stability to the stone enabling larger pieces to be mined and processed.
that set this stone apart form other forms of calcite are its color, patterns, translucency, transparency, its ability to
accept a high polish and the fact it does not fade as readily in sunlight as other forms of calcite. The color ranges from a soft, pale sunshine lemon yellow to a deep rich honey golden amber depending upon
the thickness of the stone. The coloring of the stone is attributed to sulphur
deposits at the time of formation. The patterns change depending upon the point
of origin of the cell growth-ranging from a tight “honey sugar” look of small hexagonal cells grouped close together
to large cell areas that give the appearance of “petrified honey” where cells are at their maximum growth and
minimum cell walls appear.
of the stone is transparent and translucent offering a luminous glow when accentuated by artificial, natural, direct or indirect
lighting. Honeycomb Calcite is ideal for cutting, carving, polishing, or any decorative stone application. We have tested
the stone to find it does not flouresce.