Dims: 0.9" x 0.7" x 0.4" (2.3 x 1.8 x 1.0 cm)
Wt: 2.5 g
Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Though extremely small, this is one of the most attractive Elbaite specimens that I have seen in months! It consists of one crystal that is much larger than the others (0.8 x 0.2 x 0.2" or 2.0 x 0.5 x 0.5 cm) from which grow at least 5 other crystals. All have excellent trigonal prismatic form and show almost no damage. They all show a rather dull olive-green coloration and are transparent and moderately clear, containing many basal-oriented internal fractures. The largest crystal's color is deeper than the others, so a bright light is needed to see its transparence. Also attached to this crystal is a short, stubby quartz crystal. This crystal intersects the Elbaite at its midsection, and at almost a 90-degree angle. It has excellent hexagonal prismatic form that shows off its vitreous luster. It is colorless, transparent, and very clear, though it does contain a few visible inclusions. I have affixed it to the inside of a domed thimble box with a removable putty.