Dims: 1.6 x 1.2 x 0.9" (4.1 x 3.0 x 2.3 cm)
Wt: 2.02 oz. (57.5 g)
Mount Saint Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
This specimen consists primarily of 7 or 8 intergrown Siderite crystals. These crystals range in size from less than 0.1" (3 mm) along each axis up to 1.3 x 1.1 x 0.9" (3.3 x 2.8 x 2.3 cm) and are generally in excellent condition- only one or two of the smaller crystals are visibly damaged. All have excellent trigonal-based rhombohedral form, with well-defined edges and clean faces that possess a pearly luster. They have a moderately dark brown coloration with a hint of yellow, and all but the smallest crystals are essentially opaque under normal light. Though there is no actual host rock present, several small clusters of 2 different white minerals are present; there are many tiny, well-formed albites that are partly intergrown with what look like sprays of equally small and well-formed natrolite blades. Many of these small crystals are damaged or crushed, but a few clusters are in good condition.