Dims: 3.1 x 1.7 x 1.2" (7.9 x 4.3 x 3.0 cm)
Wt: 2.55 oz. (72.4 g)
Capelinha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
At least 30 discernable Albite crystals rest on the sparse green base of this specimen. These Albites are generally in very good condition- most of the visible damage occurred prior to mining. The largest of these crystals has dimensions of 0.9 x 0.5 x 0.5" (2.3 x 1.3 x 1.3 cm). Though several are badly warped due to changes in growing conditions, most have exceptional triclinic prismatic form, with very well-defined edges and clean faces. Their color is nearly pure white and their luster ranges from waxy to pearly, and all are translucent. They are accompanied by a few visible sphene crystals that have excellent form, an olive-green color and the standard adamantine luster. The base on which these crystals rest appears to me made up of either fine, intergrown crystals or granular bits of more sphene, though there is likely a quantity of chlorite present.