Dims: 1.5" x 0.7" x 0.5" (3.8 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm)
Wt: 3.6 g
Gem Mine, San Benito County, California, U.S.A.
At least 10 minute Benitoite crystals rest on the natrolite host rock of this small specimen. All are in excellent condition, showing no human-induced damage, and have good trigonal tabular form that is only slightly warped due to their intergrowth. The largest of these crystals has visible dimensions of 0.3 x 0.2 x 0.1" (0.8 x 0.6 x 0.2 cm) and, like all of the others, has a moderate to deep blue coloration and a bright vitreous luster. All are transparent and show areas of clarity, though the larger crystals are mostly clouded with veil-like inclusions. They glow a beautiful, bright blue under shortwave UV light.