Dims: 3.0 x 2.9 x 1.2" (7.6 x 7.4 x 3.0 cm)
Wt: 5.71 oz. (162.1 g)
Several Schorl crystals are scattered about the crystalline quartz host rock of this hand specimen. The crystals occur individually and in sprays and are generally in good condition, though there are several areas which show obvious breakage. The largest of these sprays consist of crystals that measure up to 1.1" (2.8 cm) in length. All have a rather indistinct form that borders on being plumose- no definite faces or edges are visible, and all have a silky luster. Their color is the standard black for the species, and every one of them is completely opaque. The crystals rest upon a bed of tiny hexagonal quartz crystals that are colorless and transparent, but are mostly covered by a dull, white crust. These quartzes extend from a base of what appears to be quartzite or granular, massive quartz. The underside of the specimen is quite interesting, as it is covered with a thick layer of more intergrown Schorl and quartz crystals.