Cobaltocalcite refers to a stunning pink-red to slightly purplish-red cobalt-rich calcite mineral. Another name for this stone is cobaltoan calcite. Crystals often form as drusy masses and when faceted, gems are rarely seen in sizes greater than 2 carats but can be exceed 8 carats. Gem quality stones come from Spain and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Notable specimens come from the Bou Azzer Mine, Morocco and the Mashamba West Mine and Mindingi Mine, Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
LWUV: Weak purplish pink to moderate orangy pink
Spherocobaltite, Aphrodite Stone
Countries of Origin
Russian Federation; Angola; Romania; United States of America; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Switzerland; Congo; India; Spain; Canada; Sweden; Morocco; Unknown; Italy; Mexico; Slovakia; Australia; France; Peru; Germany
Cobaltocalcite is very soft, so be mindful of scratching. It is easily attacked and dissolved by acids such as vinegar. Avoid abrasives, ultrasonic, solvents and heat. Cobaltocalcite is generally unsuitable for jewelry.