Dims: 2.4" x 1.4" x 1.3" (6.1 x 3.6 x 3.3 cm)
Wt: 2.82 oz. (79.9 g)
Stewart Mine, Pala, California, U.S.A.
This small hand specimen consists of a complete, intact pale pink Morganite crystal erupting from a host rock consisting of albite, muscovite, quartz, and lepidolite, suffused with rubellite tourmaline crystals. The Morganite has visible dimensions of 0.6 x 0.6 x 0.4" (1.5 x 1.5 x 1.0 cm), and has excellent hexagonal prismatic form and a basal termination that is truncated by a few secondary faces. One of the faces appears to be damaged, but it is merely malformed due to the presence of another crystal that was tangent to it and since removed. It has well-defined edges and clean faces, some of which show a vitreous luster. A few of them show a duller, pearly-to-waxy luster. The crystal is transparent and quite clear, though it is heavily internally fractured and appears to be rather delicate. There are several rubellite tourmalines that accompany it; many of these are surprisingly undamaged! They tend to have a deep raspberry-red color and are transparent, clear, and only moderately internally fractured. I think that they really add to the specimen!