Dims: 2.1" x 1.7" x 1.5" (5.3 x 4.3 x 3.8 cm)
Wt: 3.82 oz. (108.3 g)
Stewart Mine, Pala, California, U.S.A.
One or two very small Morganite crystals rest on this specimen. They do not exceed 0.3" (8mm) in any dimension and are in very good condition. The largest crystal is partially embedded in the pegmatite host rock, and about half of it is exposed (see the close-up image). It is on its side, so that both of its basal terminations are partially visible. It shows excellent hexagonal form, though its dimensions suggest that it is more tabular than prismatic in its habit. It is nearly colorless, and so could almost be considered a goshenite. Its exposed faces are well-formed but show an unusually dull pearly-to-waxy luster. It appears to be transparent and quite clear, though a white inclusion is visible just under the surface of the topmost prism face. There is also a small elbaite crystal whose termination is partly intergrown with the Morganite, and very many others scattered on the host's face around it. These have a moderate green coloration and show reasonably good trigonal prismatic form, though their small size makes them somewhat difficult to study. There also seems to be evidence of some lepidolite on the face, though whatever crystals that are present are definitely microscopic in size! There are a few random smatterings of minerals elsewhere on the pegmatite base's surface, but these are broken and small, and almost impossible to identify by sight.