There are generally three patterns of honeycomb calcite: translucent, honeycomb and opaque. Although they are all the same mineral, they have distinct characteristics. Often, a stone will have combinations of these patterns.
Nearly clear, resembling amber or honey. Sometimes has white "crackle" lines throughout.
Resembling a bee's honeycomb. A cross-section shows individual cells surrounded by white membranes, and the side view shows the length of the cells, reminiscent of feathers or wings. The first stone that was discovered had a honeycomb look, hence the name.
These stones have a “honey sugar” look. The color can range from whitish in daylight, to a reddish color when illuminated. Sometimes containing layered lines, and sometimes resembling onyx..