Dims: 1.22x0.98x0.71" (3.1x2.5x1.8cm)
Wt: 0.73oz (20.8g)
Pala, San Diego County, California, USA
This beryl crystal has just enough pink color to qualify as a morganite. It has a distorted 6-sided shape, and a very good basal termination. The crystal has several black inclusions, but the only significant one is several millimeters across, is black with a a metallic or vitrous luster, and is buried just beneath the center of the face of the morganite. I do not know what mineral it is, although it looks a bit like molybdenite, or possibly hematite. The morganite is transparent, although there are quite a few internal fractures, and the bottom and sides are mostly opaque due to the roughness of the surfaces. In addition to the transparent face of the crystal, one other side is smooth and undamaged, although it has a frosted appearance, and a fracture just beneath its surface renders it essentially opaque.