Dims: 5.4" x 3.7" x 2.8" (13.7 x 9.4 x 7.1 cm)
Wt: 2 lbs., 9.4 oz. (1.173 kg)
Mount Ida, Arkansas, U.S.A.
This large hand specimen consists of 2 partially intergrown Quartz crystals, one of which makes up the bulk of the specimen. The larger crystal shows excellent hexagonal prismatic form and is capped on either end by double hexagonal pyramidal terminations. One of these terminations was obviously formed through healing after it broke off of its base; its termination faces are heavily striated and slightly curved, and separate at its tip into several smaller, uneven termainations. The other termination is obviously the original, as its faces are flat and cleaner than those of the healed termination, and they taper to a single point. The smaller crystal has a slightly warped, flattened form and shows one complete termination, which is also somewhat warped. It does show evidence of double-termination, but the second termination is missing due to a large, uneven conchoidal area of damage. This large area is surprisingly clean, though, and I thought at first that it was a naturally-created surface. Both crystals are colorless and have a bright, vitreous luster. They are transparent and tend to be clear towards their early terminations, but cloud up significantly towards their base-oriented terminations.