Stone World

California sculptor offering carved pieces of newly discovered stone

July 1, 2008


Carved pieces of a newly discovered stone called Honeycomb calcite are now being offered by California sculptor, T Barny. Honeycomb calcite is an impressive and unique form of onyx. It is a translucent, luminous stone, which is mined exclusively in the state of Utah. Its glowing appeal is ideal for T Barny’s curvilinear, mobius and super ellipsoid designs.

The discovery of the stone came about completely by accident, according to T Barny. A group of miners were working at a site in Eastern Utah. They had been removing topsoil and were preparing to leave for the day when they noticed a pile of overburden glowing in the afternoon sun. The sunlight refracted through the crystals causing the stone to “glow.” The group removed samples of the stone to have it tested and classified. It was a new form of calcite. According to the sculptor, it differs from the other 700 forms of calcite because of its strength, stability, luminous qualities and color, which color ranges from a soft, sunshine yellow to a deep honey amber depending upon the thickness of the stone.