Dims: 3.9" x 2.4" x 1.2"(9.9 x 6.1 x 3.0 cm)
Wt: 4.03 oz.(114.3 g)
Violet Claim, Wah Wah Mts., Beaver Co., Utah, U.S.A.
This specimen is made up of a large but definitely incomplete red Beryl crystal that is partially embedded in a white, cement-like host rock. Estimates put its dimensions at 0.6"(1.5 cm) long and 0.3"(0.8 cm) in diameter. The visible parts of the crystal have excellent hexagonal prismatic form with a definable basal termination. Its color is a deep red tinged with violet and it has a vitreous luster. The color is deepest towards the center of the prism, so it is my guess that this crystal grew out in both directions from the center. The end that has the visible termination seems to be transparent, though clarity is interrupted by many veil-like inclusions and a few internal fractures. It rests on the end of a rather sizable chunk of host rock- there is a chance that other crystals could be found inside this rock. I would personally use a dilute hydrochloric acid on it.