Dims: 2.5" x 1.4" x 0.7" (6.4 x 3.8 x 1.8 cm)
Wt: 28.4 g
Artinite Pit, Clear Creek Drainage, San Benito County, California, U.S.A.
There are portions of over 10 separate clusters visible on this specimen. All of these are heavily intergrown and make up almost all of its mass. As this piece appears to consist of a portion of a crust of intergrown Artinite clusters, most of the clusters along the specimen's edges (about 5 of them) are incomplete, and one is lightly damaged. However, this allows one to easily study their cross-sections (see the close-up image) and see their fibrous, radial habit. The crystals do not exceed 0.4" (1.0 cm) in length and are far to thin for one to effectively study their monoclinic form without magnification. They show a bright pearly luster, and individually, they are colorless and transparent. However, they are essentially translucent and have a white color while clustered into their compact, radial orbs. There is only a very small amount of what appears to be a micaceous serpentine host rock present.