Dims: 1.5" x 1.4" x 0.9" (3.8 x 3.6 x 2.3 cm)
Wt: 1.02 oz. (28.9 g)
A single Topaz crystal dominates this large thumbnail specimen. It measures 1.4 x 0.5 x 0.5" (3.6 x 1.3 x 1.3 cm) and was naturally exposed along at least half of its length; the other half was not exposed before it was harvested, and shows a pattern of interaction with the base material that covered it. Its sides are clean and very smooth, and its edges are well-defined, accentuating its shiny, vitreous luster. It has a nearly flawless orthorombic prismatic form with a complex, domed termination. Its color is a very pale tan and it is transparent and incredibly clear- only two very visible internal fractures and a few tiny bubbles represent its internal flaws where it was naturally exposed. The material that was below the surface is rife with internal fractures that substantially reduce its clarity. The host rock appears to be made up of at least 3 incomplete hexagonal prismatic quartz crystals. Two of them have a heavy coating of a pale brown material, though, and may actually be other Topaz crystals. They are relatively colorless and transparent from what I can see, and have a vitreous luster on some faces and a duller, pearly-to-waxy luster on others. On their substantial breakage surfaces are a few bits of black, triangular crystals that may represent cross-sections of schorl tourmaline, but there is not an actual "host rock" present. It is a very pretty specimen, with one of the best forms that I have seen on a naturally-colored Topaz crystal.