Dims: 1.19" x 0.56" x 0.44"(3.0 x 1.4 x 1.1 cm)
Wt: 6.3 g
Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, California, U.S.A.
This lovely little thumbnail consists of a single crystal of bicolored Elbaite. It has a complex trigonal prismatic shape due to some growth-related oddities and a pale, pastel-pink coloration along its terminations that fades to a pale green. It has heavy striations along its prism faces and a complex variation of a shallow trigonal pyramidal termination, with several small terminations that end in spots along the prism. The main faces of the largest termination have a waxy luster, whereas all other faces on the crystal have a vitreous luster. There are two odd little "tunnels" tha stab down through the main termination into the crystal about 1/2"(1 cm). The crystal itself is quite clear, enabling one to see a few tiny inclusions or internal fractures inside. It is, however, a gem-quality specimen out of which one could conceivably cut a stone or two.