Dims: 1.2 x 0.7 x 0.3" (3.0 x 1.8 x 0.8 cm)
Wt: 8.3 g w/ base
Hashupa, Shigar Valley, Baltistan, N.A., Pakistan
This small Epidote specimen is one of the more impressive ones that I have seen. It consists of two intersecting linear clusters of nearly parallel Epidote crystals. The two clusters intersect each other at nearly a 45-degree angle and are in excellent condition, showing almost no damage. Each crystal has excellent monoclinic prismatic form- all edges are very well-defined, and all faces are clean and possess a vitreous luster. Their color is a uniform, deep olive-green with a hint of brown, and all are transparent and impressively clear, containing few internal fractures and inclusions. There is no host rock present, and the piece is attached to an acrylic base with a removable adhesive putty.