Dims: 3.3 x 2.6 x 1.2" (8.4 x 6.6 x 3.1 cm)
Wt: 6.55 oz. (185.8 g)
Kola Peninsula, Khibine, Russia
This hand specimen consists of a chunk of white syenite host rock that is permeated with at least one Astrophyllite cluster and many blades. Some of these blades are quite large, reaching lengths of 1.9" (4.7 cm). All have the standard red-brown coloration with golden highlights and a pearly, almost metallic luster. They appear to have a nearly micaceous separation and may be translucent or even transparent.