Dims: 1.3 x 1.1 x 0.7" (3.4 x 2.9 x 1.8 cm)
Wt: 21 g
Malyshevo Mine, Ekaterinberg, former Sverdlowsk State, middle Urals, Russia
This large thumbnail specimen consists of two pseudohexagonal Alexandrite crystals extending from a schist matrix. The larger crystal has dimensions of 0.4 x 0.3 x 0.1" (1.0 x 0.7 x 0.3 cm), and the smaller measures about 0.1" (3 mm) in each dimension- both are damaged, though the larger crystal is much more complete. Only the large crystal is complete enough to show its crystal form, which appears to be good. Under a bright halogen light, it appears to have a patchy violet color, but under fluorescent light, it is forest-green. It is transparent and dimly clear, containing many internal flaws and some inclusions, and has a pearly luster. It is possible that there are other small crystals buried in the matrix.