Dims: 1.7 x 1.1 x 1.0" (4.3 x 2.8 x 2.5 cm)
Wt: 26.6 g
BB #7 Quarry, Norway, Oxford County, Maine, U.S.A.
This specimen is the first that I have seen wherein Purpurite "crystals" are embedded in a host rock. Actually, one can use the term "crystals", because these formations are as close to crystalline Purpurite that I have yet seen. Though all of them show some damage and many of the faces are uneven and edges are rounded, there do seem to be some definite crystalline faces and edges on them. When viewed at certain angles in the light, several of the faces show a bright, almost vitreous luster that I have never before seen on Purpurite; usually, it has a very dull, almost silky luster. These formations have the standard violet coloration and powdery consistency of Purpurite, and are embedded in a brown matrix rock that appears to be some type of conglomerate- there are tiny pieces of a variety of different materials trapped in it. I also believe that this northeastern U.S. locality is not very well-known for this mineral.