Dims: 2.4" x 2.2" x 1.9" (6.1 x 5.6 x 4.8 cm)
Wt: 5.74 oz. (164.2 g)
Stewart Mine, Pala, California, U.S.A.
A single, large Morganite crystal rests in the quartz/albite host of this hand specimen. The crystal has dimensions of 1.3 x 1.0 x 0.9" (3.3 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm) and is incomplete due to substantial damage to its exposed termination. It shows reasonably good hexagonal prismatic form, otherwise, and one can more or less make out its flattened hexagonal cross-section amid the damage. Its visible edges are straight and well-defined and its faces are smooth and show a luster that ranges from vitreous to almost waxy. The breakage surfaces also have a vitreous luster and show the conchoidal texture that one expects from this material. The crystal has a pale pink coloration and is transparent and very clear, though it contains many internal fractures. A natural fissure extends down into the crystal along its length, and bits of black tourmaline rest at its bottom. More of this tourmaline is partly embedded in the albite that makes up part of the host material; it shows almost no crystal form. Elsewhere on the host rock is embedded a 1" (2.5 cm)-long section of a greenish-blue crystal with a hexagonal prismatic form. It could possibly be an aquamarine, but I am relatively certain that it is an elbaite. At least 2 of its prism faces are exposed, and it shows a noticeable vitreous luster and patches of transparence. It was broken into sections and "cemented" back together prior to the specimen's mining. The quartz that contributes to the host material shows a noticeable crystal form in some areas, but is damaged and incomplete.