Dims: 1.7" x 1.4" x 1.2" (4.3 x 3.6 x 3.0 cm)
Wt: 1.73 oz. (49.2 g)
Stewart Mine, Pala, California, U.S.A.
This small specimen consists of part of a Morganite crystal. It is difficult to align the specimen so as to determine which visible face represents the primary termination face, or if it is even present. It shows considerable damage in the form of one large breakage surface, but what form is intact is good, showing well-defined edges and flat faces whose luster ranges from pearly to vitreous. It has a pale pink coloration and is transparent and quite clear, though there are very many internal fractures and flaws to block one's view. There is a hexagonal hole in one of the faces that extends completely through the piece and is visible from several of the other faces (see the close-up image). It is filled with a cream-colored material that is deceptively hard, but may have originally contained a large rutile crystal that has mostly moldered away. There are several broken bits of albite embedded in the piece that have spoiled the crystal's formation where they made contact.