Dims: 2.2" x 2.0" x 1.2" (5.6 x 5.1 x 3.0 cm)
Wt: 2.69 oz. (76.3 g)
Castro Vireyna, Huancavelica, Peru
Several monoclinic prismatic Epidote crystals rest on the crystalline quartz base of this small hand specimen. These crystals do not exceed 1.3" (3.3 cm) in length, and many of them are damaged. However, those that are intact have excellent form, possessing well-defined edges and clean faces that show a bright vitreous luster. Their color is brownish-green, and all are translucent but have some areas of transparence. The base on which they rest consists of two partly intergrown quartz crystals that are incomplete due to both damage and intergrowth with crystals that have been since removed. They have a milky white color and a rather dull vitreous luster, and are moderately to dimly transparent. The base of these crystals shows some very interesting traits; a few bits of broken crystals project beyond its edges, and these look suspiciously like bits of andradite garnet. There are also small brownish crusts that coat small potions of the quartz's base, and broken bits of Epidote rest on top of them. This makes me think of some andradite specimens that I have seen in which the andradite forms a crust, underneath which rest tiny, incomplete Epidotes. Besides that, there are also several hexagonal "books" of hematite platelets gathered in one area, some of which appear to be complete!