Dims: 1.5" x 1.1" x 0.9"(3.8 x 2.8 x 1.8 cm)
Wt: 17.6 g
Saranpaul, Polar Urals, Siberia, Russia
Several brown, tabular bladed crystals of Axinite are intergrown on this specimen. All have a vitreous luster and are transparent with patches of cloudy inclusions and remarkable clarity. Their edges show bits of conchoidal chipping but are in good condition, and their faces are striated but clean. The largest of these blades is quite exposed and measures about 1 x 1 x 0.2"(2.5 x 2.5 x 0.5 cm). The smallest blades are no less than 0.3"(8 mm) long, and many of them are twinned. A few thin bits of what appear to be bladed calcite crystals are embedded in the underside of this cluster, but there is no other material. I really like this specimen because the crystals are large and their form is quite easy to determine.