Dims: 4.0" x 2.2" x 1.8"(10.2 x 5.6 x 4.6 cm)
Wt: 7.24 oz.(205.3 g)
Violet Claim, Wah Wah Mts., Beaver Co., Utah, U.S.A.
This specimen contains the finest Red Beryl crystal that I have seen for its size. It is at least 50% exposed, and rests parallel to the white host rock's surface. The visible portion is undamaged and has near-perfect hexagonal prismatic form with a basal termination on each end. The faces and edges are clean, showing a vitreous luster. The crystal's color is a deep red with a violet tinge that is deepest at the center of its prism length, fading towards both terminations. It is transparent and shows good clarity that is uniform throughout the crystal, though internal fractures are visible and are especially concentrated near one of the terminations. There is one other crystal, only a small part of which is visible, that is waiting for somebody to expose it. Parts of two prism faces and one termination face are visible, with a tiny, conchoidal chip in the termination. Judging by the large size of the host rock, there may well be other crystals buried in this mass. It is a fine specimen.