Dims: 3.59x2.32x0.74" (9.11x5.90x1.88cm)
Wt: 3.50oz (99.3g)
Artinite Pit, San Benito County, California, USA
This artinite specimen is a little unusual, in that many of the sprays of white, acicular artinite crystals appear to originate in the air - we see them from the bottom. Of course, they really formed in a crevice in the serpentine host rock, and when the "top" slab of serpentine was removed, these stayed attached to the other side. This does give us a chance to examine the growth of these crystals more closely than normal. The other side of the host serpentine also is covered with sprays of artinite, although these are generally flattened, and some of that host is present as well. Lastly, on one side of the specimen is a nearly solid greenish-white sheet with a matt like appearance. A loupe reveals this to be densely intergrown artinite - the individual acicular crystals may be seen along some of the edges.