Dims: 2.4 x 1.7 x 1.1" (6.0 x 4.2 x 2.7 cm)
Wt: 2.6 oz. (73 g)
Silver Crater Mine, Bancroft, Ontario, Canada
Three intergrown Betafite crystals rest on the calcite base of this small cabinet piece. The largest of these crystals is much larger than the other two, and has dimensions of 0.9 x 0.9 x 0.9" (2.4 x 2.3 x 2.3 cm). The next in size is less than half that large, and the third does not exceed 0.2" (4 mm) along any axis. All are in excellent condition, showing very little damage, though the cluster as a whole was separated from the base and then re-attached. All have excellent isometric dodecahedral form and the standard black color, though they are all rust-stained. Their luster is dull, and all are certainly opaque. The calcite base is also rust-stained and contains a few more broken, incomplete Betafites.