Dims: 1.5" x 1.2" x 0.6" (3.8 x 3.0 x 1.5 cm)
Wt: 15.5 g
Lake County, New Mexico, U.S.A.
This small specimen consists of 2 intergrown sprays of orthorhombic Ramsdellite crystals. These crystals are the largest that I have seen for this mineral, topping off at 1.5" (3.8 cm) in length. Though their form is not easily definable, their crystalline shape is certainly easy to see and their faces and edges are visible, though somewhat uneven. They have a dark gray color and a dull metallic luster. Interestingly, the sprays radiate towards each other from almost perfectly opposite directions. There is a single crystal on the specimen that does not belong to either spray of crystals, as it has intersected a few crystals in a random direction. There is no host rock visible on the specimen, but there is an oddity that I should bring to light- on one of the longer crystals rest several tiny hexagonal prismatic crystals of an unknown mineral. They have excellent form and what appears to be a red-brown coloration. They appear to be transparent and have a vitreous luster. As their faces are not striated, I think that they could be apatites or possibly vanadinites.