Dims: 1.86x1.61x0.49" (4.72x4.08x1.23cm)
Wt: 1.04oz (29.4g)
Sandamap Mine, Usakos, Namibia
There are indications that this specimen may be mostly purpurite, and not just a common crust over a host rock. What is clearly purpurite is, of course, purple in color, and has generally a dull appearance, but when the light strikes it a certain way, it reflects well, suggesting a sub-metalic luster. At least one crystal appears to run the length of the specimen, and while its fresh surfaces are clearly purpurite, the remainder has a dull dirty-gray (hint of green) appearance of the rest of the specimen, making me think that perhaps most of the specimen is just weathered purpurite.