Dims: 3.2 x 1.2 x 0.8" (8.1 x 3.0 x 2.0 cm)
Wt: 2.3 oz. (64.5 g)
Zomba Malawi, South Africa
A "parallel association" of heavily-intergrown Aegirine crystals make up the bulk of this specimen. As they are so intergrown, I will speak of them as a single unit. The crystal is in very good condition, as it shows only a small amount of damage besides the breakage surface at its base. Its monoclinic prismatic form is fair due to its heavy intergrowth and a large patch of partly-healed damage that envelops almost an entire face. Its termination is natural but heavily disseminated and warped, with portions covered by a thin, dull, brown coating. Its intact edges, however, are well-defined, and most of its faces are clean and possess a vitreous luster. The Aegirine has a black coloration and is completely opaque, even in halogen light. There is no host rock present on the piece, but there are several small albite crystals that are partly embedded along its prism length. These do not exceed 0.4" (1.0 cm) in any dimension, and have the standard milky-white coloration and pearly luster. Though several of them are damaged, most are intact and have excellent monoclinic prismatic form, with sharp edges and clean, smooth faces.