Dims: 3.1 x 1.6 x 1.2" (7.9 x 4.1 x 3.0 cm)
Wt: 1.35 oz. (38.5 g)
Poona, Maharashtra State, India
This small hand specimen consists of two intersecting sprays of Mesolite needles, the larger of which is partly intergrown with a cluster of apophyllites. The smaller cluster does not exceed 0.5" (1.3 cm) in length, and is made up of only a few crystals. However, the larger cluster contains dozens of crystals, one of which exceeds 3" (7.6 cm). The cluster is in moderately good condition, as many crystals are broken, but those that are intact are in excellent shape. Their monoclinic form is excellent and is topped by shallow domed terminations. All have well-defined edges and striated but clean faces that possess a pearly luster. They are colorless, transparent and quite clear at their terminations, though they tend to cloud to a translucent white at their bases. The accompanying apophyllites are both broken and badly warped, so that their tetragonal form is almost undefinable. There is no base rock present.