Dims: 0.7" x 0.5" x 0.5" (1.8 x 1.3 x 1.3 cm)
Wt: 5.7 g
Kola Peninsula, Russia
This thumbnail specimen consists of a small piece of Purpurite. It shows no definable crystal form, and thus it is difficult to assess the amount of damage, if any, that the piece has. It possess the standard violet color with a hint of red and a dull, almost silky luster. Like other Purpurite specimens that we have had, it has a powdery consistency wherein a thin layer of violet powder will rub off when the piece is touched. There is a small amount of muscovite or some other mica attached to the piece, but no discernable host rock.