Dims: 1.1 x 1.1 x 0.7" (2.8 x 2.8 x 1.8 cm)
Wt: 21.6 g w/ base
Mount Saint Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
At least 20 Siderite crystals are clustered together to make up this thumbnail specimen. They range in size from 1 x 1 x 1 mm up to 0.6 x 0.4 x 0.4" (1.5 x 1.0 x 1.0 cm). All are in surprisingly good condition- there are several areas of obvious breakage, but close examination will show that partial healing had begun on all of them before the piece was mined. Their rhombohedral form is very good, showing well-defined edges and generally clean faces that possess the standard pearly luster. All have a moderately dark brown coloration and are dimly translucent under normal light, though some of the smaller crystals are nearly transparent. A tiny, flat spray of quartz crystals rests upon one of the crystals, but this is the only other material present on the piece, which is hot-glued onto a flat, square acrylic base.