Dims: 5.3 x 4.3 x 2.6" (13.5 x 10.9 x 6.6 cm)
Wt: 2 lbs., 6.2 oz. (1.083 kg)
Minas Gerais, Brazil
A few dozen Elbaite prisms are embedded in the pegmatite matrix of this specimen. All of the visible crystals are either heavily weathered or broken, but most still have intact portions which show definable trigonal prismatic form. Portions of well-defined edges and clean faces are also visible- these clean faces possess a bright pearly-to-vitreous luster, whereas the damaged areas show a duller, pearly-to-waxy luster. Their color is usually a dark green, though a few pink Elbaites are evident, and several watermelon crystals are present. The host rock in which they are embedded is made up of quartz and albite, and is also either badly broken or heavily weathered.