Dims: 1.8 x 1.6 x 1.3" (4.6 x 4.1 x 3.3 cm)
Wt: 1.7 oz. (49.3 g)
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, U.S.A.
This large thumbnail specimen consists of a mass of warped, damaged, and heavily intergrown prismatic Neptunite crystals. These crystals have a few discernable edges and faces, but cannot be considered as individuals. All are missing terminations due either to weathering or damage, and their faces and edges, though definable, are slightly worn and noticeably curved- however, they still possess a noticeable pearly-to-vitreous luster. All have a deep black-brown coloration where they are least weathered, but have a paler, reddish-brown coloration where weathering is most severe. Needless to say, all are completely opaque. The dull, pale gray host rock on which they rest is also highly weathered.