Dims: 4.0" x 2.6" x 2.0" (10.2 x 6.6 x 5.1 cm)
Wt: 12.5 oz. (355 g)
Minas Gerais, Brazil
This hand specimen consists of at least 8 Elbaite crystals that are partially embedded in a crystalline quartz host. These crystals reach lengths of up to 1.4" (3.6 cm) and show moderate to heavy damage. They have a reasonably good trigonal prismatic form where intact, but only one of them has a discernable shallow pyramidal termination. All have a moderate red coloration with a slight hint of violet and a vitreous luster. They are transparent and partially clear, but all are moderately to intensely internally-fractured. The quartz base rock shows evidence of two opposing crystal faces, but its hexagonal prismatic form is spoiled due to the Elbaite's intergrowth and that of many broken albite blades.