Dims: 0.9" x 0.9" x 0.8" (2.3 x 2.3 x 2.0 cm)
Wt: 9.2 g
Kertch, Krym Peninsula, Crimea, Ukraine
Five small clusters of warped Anapaite crystals are growing off of a few shards of a broken fossilized clam shell on this specimen. The clusters do not exceed 0.3" (8 mm) in any dimension and are in excellent condition, showing no damage. They have a pale blue-green coloration and show a bright pearly-to-vitreous luster. The crystals that make up these clusters are so heavily intergrown that their only integral parts are their terminations, and one needs at least 20 or 30-power magnification to be able to study them properly. The clusters show a surprising amount of transparence, though the striations that are caused by the outer crystals make this a bit difficult to determine. The host rock is dull and brown, and may contain a substantial amount of iron or tin. Though the fossil shells are broken, one can see visible detail in the striations on their outer surfaces. The specimen is hot-glued onto a small, square acrylic base.