Dims: 1.0 x 0.8 x 0.6" (2.5 x 2.0 x 1.5 cm)
Wt: 7.9 g
Sabsir, Rondu District, Gilgit-Skardu Rd., Northern Areas, Pakistan
I count at least 5 discernable Herderite crystals on the pale, dull pink base of this specimen. However, only 2 of these crystals exceed 2 mm in length, so I will concentrate on them. Both are in excellent condition, showing no damage whatsoever; the larger crystal measures 0.4" (9 mm) and the smaller measures 0.2" (6 mm) in length. Their monoclinic prismatic form is likewise excellent, with sharp edges and relatively clean faces whose luster ranges from waxy to pearly. Their color is a pale green, and both are transparent and impressively clear. They rest on a base of what appears to be several intergrown pseudohexagonal muscovite "books" that have been covered with a pale, dull pink crust of muscovite that has an unusual pattern. Pieces of a broken quartz and a broken schorl crystal are also partly embedded in the host.