Dims: 4.5 x 3.0 x 2.4" (11.4 x 7.6 x 6.1 cm)
Wt: 1 lb., 11.9 oz. (792 g)
Broken Hill Mine, New South Wales, Australia
This hand specimen consists mostly of a seemingly amorphous chunk of massive Rhodonite. Though a heavy crack runs through a portion of it, the piece seems to be in good condition. One portion shows what almost appears to be a crystalline structure, but the presence of such a crystal is highly unlikely. It has the standard moderately pale pink coloration and a dull waxy luster, and is opaque. Several patches of yellow-to-dark-brown willemite are present in the Rhodonite- portions of these patches glow a bright green under shortwave ultraviolet light. One patch in particular constitutes a nearly complete crystal, though the aforementioned heavy crack runs through it. It appears to have a definite trigonal prismatic form with a hexagonal cross-section, though there is no termination to speak of.