Dims: 8.86x5.83x2.99" (22.5x14.8x7.6cm)
Wt: 6¾lbs (3kg)
Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA
This large cabinet specimen of halite is a beautifully patterned blue color. The blue splotches appear nearly random from most angles, but are clearly layered from some viewpoints. Other than the blue color zones, the halite is transparent, colorless, and very transparent. There do not appear to be any original crystal surfaces - rather, most surfaces are cleavage, with some obvious fracture surfaces breaking the symmetry of the orthogonal cleavage planes. There are some very interesting patterns visible on the surface. The overall appearance is a deep and pretty blue. This specimen shows well when backlit. However, it is halite, and should be kept in a dry cabinet OR shuld be constantly illuminated (via a warm light source) to keep its temperature slightly above ambient to prevent humidity from pitting the surface.