Dims: 1.1 x 1.0 x 0.6" (2.8 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm)
Wt: 13.2 g w/ base
Capelinha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Several small Albite crystals are intergrown to form 2 clusters on this thumbnail specimen. These crystals reach maximum dimensions of 0.6 x 0.5 x 0.5" (1.5 x 1.3 x 1.3 cm) and are in excellent condition, showing no visible damage. Though the largest crystal appears to be warped due to intergrowth, all have exceptional monoclinic prismatic form with well-defined edges and clean faces. They have an unusually bright, white coloration, are translucent, and have a luster that ranges from pearly to nearly matte from face to face. The Albites are accompanied by many small sphenes that are heavily intergrown but have good monoclinic form. All are transparent but heavily internally fractured and have the classic olive-green coloration and adamantine luster. The base on which these crystals rest is made up of either tiny crystals or granules of both Albite and sphene, and the piece is hot-glued onto a flat, square acrylic base.