Dims: 0.6 x 0.4 x 0.2" (1.5 x 1.0 x 0.5 cm)
Wt: 9.7 g w/ specimen box
Mount Saint Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
This small thumbnail specimen basically consists of a single Catapleiite crystal to which is attached a small amount of associated host rock. The crystal appears to be in excellent condition, showing very little damage, and has excellent hexagonal bladed form. Its edges are well-defined and its faces are generally clean, except where it intersects with the sparse host material. The crystal is colorless, transparent and quite clear, and has a pearly luster. Some of the surrounding material has the appearance of albite or another feldspar, whereas the black material that is present makes me think of nepheline. The piece is affixed inside of a plastic specimen box with an adhesive putty.