Dims: 1.5 x 0.7 x 0.6" (3.8 x 1.8 x 1.5 cm)
Wt: 11.6 g
This small thumbnail specimen consists of a "parallel association" that is made up of 2 large intergrown Epidote crystals, and about 4 or 5 smaller Epidotes. The specimen is in excellent condition, as there is almost no human-induced damage visible. The two intergrown crystals are nearly identical in size and form, and measure about 1.3" (3.3 cm) in length. They have excellent form, with well-defined edges and clean, smooth faces that possess a bright vitreous luster. They have a brownish-green coloration that is so deep that both crystals are opaque even in bright halogen light. The smaller crystals show translucence or even moderately good transparence depending on their size. The 2,largest crystals have an odd trait, however; as I was studying them under a halogen light, I noticed tiny, fibrous needles of some sort trapped just under the surface of one prism face on each crystal. I do not know what the material is made of. These prism faces both point in the same direction and are right next to each other. There is no host rock present.