Dims: 7/16" x 3/16" x 3/16"
Wt: 0.6 g
Violet Claim, Wah Wah Mts., Beaver Co., Utah, U.S.A.
Another example of the rarest variety of Beryl, this crystal from the famous Violet Claim has almost perfect form. Its hexagonal prismatic form is most common for beryls, and it has clean sides and a basal termination, with 5 tiny secondary termination faces. One is missing due to a very small amount of damage that actually looks like it occurred prior to its discovery! Its color is a deep red with a violet hint, and is uniform, except for slight fading at the termination area. It is translucent, and has many visible fractures along one angle of its hexagon that run its length. These probably are related to the damaged secondary termination face, and all of this imperfection is likely caused by the formation of a much-fractured "core" of beryl that is visible when one looks straight down at the basal face.