Dims: 3.3" x 0.7" x 0.7" (8.4 x 1.8 x 1.8 cm)
Wt: 1.24 oz. (35.4 g)
Gelannoe, Ural Mountains, Russia
This rather simple hand specimen consists of a single long, slender, hexagonal prismatic Citrine crystal. It is unusual in the fact that most Citrine occurs as a druse of stubby crystals that line the interior of a geode, and usually consist of no more than a hexagonal pyramidal termination. The crystal is in excellent condition, showing almost no human-induced damage, and has very good form, with well-defined edges and flat faces that show a vitreous luster. All of the termination faces, however, show more of a pearly luster due to a pale brown, opaque impurity that is embedded in them. The crystal is transparent and shows excellent clarity, with few internal flaws, and has a rather odd yellow coloration that has a very subtle hint of green to it. It is also rather unusual that this crystal shows noticeable phantom lines of smoky color near its termination. It is a really strange but beautiful specimen.