Dims: 0.9 x 0.7 x 0.3" (2.3 x 1.7 x 0.7 cm)
Wt: 3 g
A misshapen piece of Iolite makes up this thumbnail specimen. There is no visible crystal shape, and though fresh damage is visible, revealing its vitreous luster, most of its surfaces are weathered and pearly. Its color ranges from a pale blue violet to a deep violet to a pale beige, depending on the angle from which it is viewed. The piece is transparent and rather clear, though it does contain a few large internal fractures. There is no host rock present.