Dims: 1.9 x 1.6 x 1.1" (4.8 x 4.1 x 2.8 cm)
Wt: 1.70 oz. (48.3 g)
Tchenomorskiy Mine, Kertch, Krym Peninsula, Crimea, Ukraine
Several radiating sprays of Vivianite crystals fill a hollow in the dull, brown host rock of this thumbnail specimen. These crystals do not exceed 0.8" (2.0 cm) in length but are generally in excellent condition due to the protective nature of their surroundings- only the most exposed crystals are broken or damaged. Their monoclinic prismatic form is somewhat disseminated because of their cramped growing conditions, but is still discernable. The most exposed intact crystal has a rather dull brown coloration and is moderately to dimly translucent, whereas the other crystals are too sheltered to effectively study with respect to clarity. The brown host rock in which they rest contains many nodules and looks very much like bauxite.