Calcite is a transparent or translucent natural stone that can be found in both crystalline and massive forms, such as a stone slab. Although crystals of calcite are usually translucent or colorless, they can at times exhibit a wide variety of hues depending on the crystal’s chemical makeup. Calcites can have soft veins of light blue, green and other light colors, in addition to clear, sparkling crystals throughout the material.

Aria Stone Gallery's Iceberg Blue Calcite Bathroom
Aria Stone Gallery’s Iceberg Blue Calcite Bathroom. Image Courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

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Where Does Calcite Come From?

Calcite is formed in many parts of the Earth, from underground caves and quarries, to hot springs, even coral reefs. Without it, in fact, many of Earth’s creatures could not exist. Many marine organisms use calcite minerals to construct their shells and skeletons. Calcite is such a wonderful addition to Aria’s collection of natural stones because it is an example of how stone can be a helping hand in the creation of life – as well as a beautiful art form!

Calcite crystals found in a coral reef
Calcite crystals found in a coral reef. Photographer unknown.

How durable is Calcite?

Calcite is a softer stone – more comparable to marble in terms of hardness, ranking about a 3 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. They can scratch, etch and stain just like marble can if not sealed or cared for properly. Calcites are generally better suited for a bathroom environment, because it is a low-traffic area that won’t take as much of a beating from day-to-day activities.

Aria Stone Gallery's 3cm Mont Blanc Leathered Calcite ABH720
Aria Stone Gallery’s 3cm Mont Blanc Leathered Calcite ABH720. Image Courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

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Should I use Calcite in my next project?

Calcite slabs are not new to the stone industry, but lately have become a focus of many stone suppliers. As the demand for light colored stones has increased over the years, the amount of calcite being quarried has increased. Because of their unique backstory, colors and patterns, calcite slabs will always be in high demand – making for interesting, modern and beautiful stone projects.

Aria Stone Gallery's Iceberg Blue Calcite Bathroom
Aria Stone Gallery’s Iceberg Blue Calcite Bathroom. Image Courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

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