Dims: 1.5" x 0.8" x 0.6" (3.8 x 2.0 x 1.5 cm)
Wt: 8.6 g
Dallas Gem Mine, San Benito County, California, U.S.A.
Though there are less than 10 Benitoite crystals on this specimen, and less than half of those are complete, those that are intact are excellent in size and physical condition. Two of the crystals in particular are the most noticeable. Each has dimensions equaling or exceeding 0.3 x 0.2 x 0.2" (0.8 x 0.5 x 0.5 cm) and shows no visible human-induced damage. Their nearly hexagonal tabular shape is excellent, with well-defined edges and smooth, flat faces that have an unusually dull, matte luster, possibly due to a very thin coating of some other mineral. All have a deep, sapphire-blue coloration and appear to be quite transparent, though they show considerable internal fracturing. All are partially enveloped by a crust of natrolite that seems to be covering a few more crystals. I don't know how to remove this crust, but if one did, there may be at least one or two more crystals exposed.