Dims: 2.0 x 0.7 x 0.6" (5.1 x 1.8 x 1.5 cm)
Wt: 25.4 g w/ stand
Ellsworth, Ohio, U.S.A.
This small Selenite specimen looks much like those twinned, double-terminated crystals that we get from the Willow Creek locality in Alberta, Canada. Actually, it is almost exactly like them. It has the same excellent monoclinic prismatic form, and though it does show some noticeable damage, this damage is minimal, and does not really affect the crystal's form. Its edges are well-defined and its faces are clean, showing a pearly luster. The crystal is colorless, transparent, and quite clear, though it does contain many visible internal fractures, several of which contain impurities. Under longwave ultraviolet light, it shows the same glowing "quadrants" that the Canadian specimens do (see the close-up image). It is affixed to a rather old-looking stand that is painted black. Unfortunately, the painter did a sloppy job and got paint on the crystal. I did not want to risk breaking the specimen by trying to remove it and clean off the paint.