Dims: 3.9" x 1.6" x 1.6" (9.9 x 4.1 x 4.1 cm)
Wt: 8.49 oz. (240.7 g)
Minas Gerais, Brazil
One of the more beautiful Schorl specimens that I have seen, this piece consists of a single crystal. It has a rough trigonal cross-section, and is in the form of a tapered prism with almost stalactitic formations hugging its sides! It does not have any flat crystal faces or angles, and the formations have a satiny luster. It would appear that each of these formations is made up of hundreds of tiny needle-like crystals that grow outwards at an almost parallel angle to the main prism. There seem to be a few patches of crushed needles on the prism, but the only spot that could be construed as definite breakage is on a small basal face at the tip of the crystal. Even so, it does not strike me as being human-induced damage. The crystal has the obligatory black color of Schorl and is, of course, opaque. It can be stood up on its base, and is one of the most beautiful Schorl specimens that I have seen. It is a personal favorite of Steve's.