Dims: 2.5" x 1.9" x 0.5"(6.4 x 4.8 x 1.3 cm)
Wt: 1.03 oz.(29.3 g
Violet Claim, Wah Wah Mts., Beaver Co., Utah, U.S.A.
A single hexagonal prismatic Red Beryl crystal is laying parallel to and embedded in the white host rock of this specimen. The visible portion measures 0.5 x 0.3"(1.3 x 0.8 cm), and judging from the thinness of the matrix that it is in, the crystal may not be complete. What is visible does have excellent crystal form, however, with clean prism faces and edges, and an intact basal termination that is mostly buried. Its color is deep red with a hint of violet and its luster is vitreous. Though it is heavily internally fractured and has many veil-like inclusions towards its base, the material near its termination is transparent and surprisingly clear, with only a few thin veils visible. I doubt that there are other crystals hidden in the thin white host rock, which almost reminds me of concrete. I believe that it is a pegmatite of some sort.