Dims: 2.4" x 2.2" x 1.7" (6.1 x 5.8 x 4.3 cm)
Wt: 5.40 oz. (153.2 g)
Stewart Mine, Pala, California, U.S.A.
This small hand specimen consists of a single, rather long Morganite crystal that is partially embedded in a pegmatite host. It has dimensions of 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.2", and is in moderate condition due to breakage. The entire specimen has been broken into 3 pieces that were then glued back together. This repair work is easily visible, though only through some close inspection. The Morganite crystal itself was broken in half through the breakage, and one can easily see the glue that was used to repair it. It's cross-section shows a noticeable hexagonal outline, though only one prism face is visible. The rest are either intergrown with the host rock, missing due to intergrowth with other adjacent formations, or covered by a tangle of tiny, partially intergrown elbaite crystals and lepidolite clusters. There is a small amount of one definable termiation at one end, but this is mostly intergrown with the host rock. The other end of the crystal shows a flat but slightly uneven basal breakage plane that may have undergone some subtle healing. The pegmatite host in which the Morganite rests is made up of albite that contains substantial amounts of broken lepidolite and elbaite crystals, and two large portions of a broken schorl.