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My calcite formation after cleaning, your opinion sought.

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My calcite crystal that I thought was green is actually light brown to clear, the calcite had clear lacquer sprayed on it 18 years ago when discovered, this had turned greenish over the years, I have removed the lacquer and found a different colour & now you can clearly see the striation shapes, is this colour common to calcite and are the striations common or rare for this type of crystal.alt text

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asked Jan 14, 2015 by John Cross (280 points)

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Wow - what a difference. The color looks much more natural now, and certainly looks more like calcite. Calcite occurs in almost every color - but this style is certainly more common than your previous post with the lacquer coating. And striations are often seen in calcite, so although this crystal is heavily striated, calcite would still make sense.

Glad you removed the lacquer - its much better to have the minerals in a more natural state like this.

answered Jan 15, 2015 by hershel (52,800 points)

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