Dims: 1.32x0.90x0.88" (3.35x2.30x2.25 cm)
Wt: 1.22 oz. (34.5g)
Mt. Malosa, Malawi, Africa
This thumbnail specimen of parisite, though incomplete and heavily damaged, is translucent to transparent in areas. Its brown color is excellent for the specie. The crystal shows a hexagonal cross section, tapered towards the top. One interesting effect - when viewed from the top, the crystal has a reflective sheen from all faces, een the tapered sides. At first, I thought that this was simply reflections from parallel (basal) growth lines along the crystal top and taper, but I cannot detect any trace of such facets with a loupe. I suspect that this is an optical effect due to inclusions (like chatoyancy).