Dims: 2.95x2.64x1.46" (7.9x6.7x3.7cm)
Wt: 15.5oz. (439g)
Masif de belle donne, Isere, France
This heavy hand specimen has over 100 cerussite crystals are scattered over the surface of black crystalline mass of axinite (per the documentation I received). The cerussite crystals are well formed, and are essentially colorless and transparent, although many of the crystals appear milky from some angles. The ferro-axinite (if that is accurate) is opaque, vitreous, and exhibits a variety of crystal shapes, including melanite garnet shapes. Some of the crystals are heavily striated, and none have the bladed appearance I usually associate with axinite. Perhaps I should call it a mystery mineral! Some limonite is also present, mostly on the bottom.