Owl Gemstone Carving

$139.50
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SKU
i-c-157-DS
Quick Overview

Amazing gemstone carving sitting on an acrylic base stand. A gemmy piece of sky-blue calcite has been delicately carved into an owl, and it is perched on a rough chunk of pink tourmaline in quartz. The bird detatches from the tourmaline/quartz and inserts into the base stone on metal posts. The thought and detail that went into this carving are truly astounding.

Location: Calcite- Argentina / Pink Tourmaline and Quartz- Brazil 

Measurements: ~3-3/4" tall x 1-1/4" wide x 2" deep 

More Information

Calcite is one of the most common minerals which grows in a wide variety of different shapes, colors and translucencies. The mineral itself actually belongs to a calcite group of "related carbonates" that are "isomorphous" with each other. All members of the group crystalize in triangular formations, have perfect rhombohedron cleavages, and in transparent rhombohedrons, display strong double refractions. Aragonite and Calcite are similar in chemical composition (polymorphs) but are structured differently, with Calcite forming triangular crystallization and Aragonite forming orthorhombic crystals (three axes planes, at unequal lengths, and all three axes 90 degrees to one another. Unique Calcite formations are created inside the caves where calcium rich water penetrates the cavern's limestone enclosure and slowly drips and flows on top of itself, allowing for the formation of unique stalactite and other globular formations to be created. In this slow process, other minerals can intermix with each other, adding to the interest and forming unusual specimens, such as the one displayed.

Elbaite, also known as Tourmaline, is a group of mixed crystals with the following major members, Elbaite, Dravite, Schorl, Buergerite, Tsilaisite, and Uvite. The general color range of the mineral's family are colorless, pink, green, blue, yellow, brown, and black. What distinguishes tourmalines are the three-sided cross sections that are different than any other mineral.