Dims: 1.8 x 1.5 x 1.1" (4.6 x 3.8 x 2.8 cm)
Wt: 1.17 oz. (33.3 g)
Alma Mine, Hardin County, Illinois, U.S.A.
This small thumbnail specimen contains the finest Witherite crystal that I have seen in my travels. This crystal measures 1.0" (2.5 cm) long and 0.6" (1.5 cm) in diameter and shows no damage that I can see. It has the best hexagonal prismatic form that I have seen in Witherite, and is topped with a steep hexagonal pyramidal termination that is almost perfectly symmetrical. It has a milky-white coloration and a dull pearly-to-vitreous luster, and is very dimly transparent. There is a much smaller crystal laying about 4 mm from the larger one. It is the same in all respects except for its form, which is basically that of a hexagonal bipyramid. The host rock is amorphous and contains shards of a few small, violet fluorite cubes.