Dims: 2.2" x 1.7" x 1.2" (5.6 x 4.3 x 3.0 cm)
Wt: 3.46 oz. (98.1 g)
El Azabache Mine, Lazaro Cardenas, Chihuahua, Mexico
This small specimen consists of a cluster of intergrown Melanite crystals that show excellent form and only a small amount ofdamage away from the specimen's edges. They occur as dodecahedrons, but due to their heavy intergrowth, are incomplete. Size estimates from visible faces place their diameters in a range from 0.2 - 0.5" (0.5 - 1.3 cm). All have clean edges and faces that show growth patterns that are aligned with them. They have a black color with dark brown highlights and a bright, vitreous luster, and are opaque. Besides a small amount of a chalky, cream-colored host rock, there is no other material.