Dims: 1.2 x 0.4 x 0.4" (3.0 x 10.1 x 0.9 cm)
Wt: 4.0 g
Gilgit, Northern Areas, Pakistan
At least 8 flat, bladed Sphene crystals make up this large thumbnail specimen. The largest crystal is twinned in the classic form for this locality, and resembles a deflated American football. It is noticeably damaged at one end, but the smaller crystals are in excellent condition. All have the standard monoclinic form, and I believe that at least one other crystal is twinned- these smaller crytals are partly intergrown with the larger one. All have an olive-green color that is darkened to near opacity by chlorite inclusions, and their normally adamantine luster is dulled to greasy or pearly, also probably due to the chlorite. There is no host rock present.