Dims: 2.0 x 1.4 x 0.7" (5.1 x 3.5 x 1.7 cm)
Wt: 19 g
Carson Hill Mine, Calaveras County, California, U.S.A.
At least 20 sharp Ankerite blades rest on the crystalline quartz base of this small hand specimen. The crystals do not generally exceed 0.5" (1.3 cm) in diameter or 0.1" (3 mm) in thickness and are in good condition- a few are cleaved, but most are intact. Their trigonal bladed form is somewhat warped- though some faces are well-defined, their outlines are usually odd and not hexagonal in shape. All have a pale cream coloration with a yellow tinge and a bright pearly luster, and are cloudy and dimly transparent at best. The base on which they rest is made up of many small, intergrown quartz crystals that are in very good condition and have excellent form.