Dims: 0.8 x 0.5 x 0.5" (2.0 x 1.3 x 1.3 cm)
Wt: 8.5 g w/ base
Oka, Quebec, Canada
At least one complete Pyrochlore crystal rests in the complex host rock of this small thumbnail specimen. The crystal is quite small, not exceeding 0.3" (8 mm) along any axis, but has somewhat warped but good octahedral form- its edges are well-defined and its faces are clean, possessing a slightly dull, submetallic luster. Its color is brownish-black and it is completely opaque in halogen light. The host rock in which it is embedded appears to be made up of compact, granular quartz with random pseudohexagonal biotite "books" that are in surprisingly good condition. The piece is hot-glued onto an acrylic base.