Crystal Calcite is a versatile, natural mineral used to create many types of inlay.
Calcite can be used as is or dyed to emulate a variety of luxurious gem stones such as sapphire blue, ruby red, jade green and more. Other materials can be mixed in to enhance its appearance as well, such as metal filings, Mother-of-Pearl or pearlescent pigments that add a shimmering translucent chatoyance effect.
On the Mohs Hardness Scale, Calcite has a hardness of three and is easily sanded using silicon carbide (carborundum) or aluminium oxide (corundum) sand paper, which has a hardness of nine.
It is durable and provides an excellent surface to polish and/or finish. Note that these products are made from nature: there may be variations in colour and minor impurities which add to the overall natural aesthetic.
- Easy to work with, versatile, a natural mineral used for any inlay project.
- Coarse crystals can be ground to a finer grit.
- Saves grinding and crushing time.
- Saves money: can be dyed to a variety of colours and emulate rubies, sapphires, emeralds, malachite, turquoise, etc.
- Can be used dry with CA glue or wet with resins like Epoxy; easy to sand.