Dims: 3.2 x 1.7 x 1.4" (8.1 x 4.3 x 3.6 cm)
Wt: 6.1 oz. (172 g)
Minas Gerais, Brazil
Portions of 8 different Elbaite crystals are embedded in the quartz matrix of this hand specimen. All are broken and incomplete, but one is in markedly better condition than the rest- it nearly has a termination and is intact throughout its length of 1.3" (3.3 cm). Its skin is a dark olive-green color, and like most of the other crystals on the piece, this skin surrounds a "core" of material with a different color. However, the color of this core material appears to be a pale blue-green, unlike those of the other crystals, which are pink in color. A few bits of purely green crystals are also present. All have a dull, pearly-to-vitreous luster where intact and range in clarity from dimly transparent to essentially opaque. The quartz base shows no definite crystal form.