Dims: 1.1" x 1.0" x 0.7" (2.8 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm)
Wt: 12.2 g
Kertch, Krym Peninsula, Crimea, Ukraine
This attractive little thumbnail consists of a small amount of a rust-stained host rock on which rest at least 4 distinct Anapaite clusters. These clusters are very small, not exceeding 0.4" (1.0 cm) in any dimension, but show only minor damage. They appear to be made up of many tiny, intergrown blades, and have a beautiful green color that reminds me of that of chrysoprase. The clusters show a sparkle that suggests a vitreous luster and are translucent but appear to be nearly transparent. They rest in a very smoothly-surfaced hollow that was once part of a clam shell's interior, and are accompanied by 3 or 4 clusters of a mineral with a dull, pale orange color. It occurs in clusters with a shape similar to that of the Anapaite's, but its crystals appear to be sharper and more needle-like. I have no idea what this mineral is, and can only guess that it may be calcite or ankerite.