Dims: 2.0" x 1.2" x 0.5" (5.1 x 3.0 x 1.3 cm)
Wt: 1.58 oz. (44.8 g)
Sarany, Ural Mountains, Russia
Scores of tiny Uvarovite crystals partially coat one side of the flat, gray host rock of this specimen. Most are less than 1 mm in diameter, but one can see individual crystal faces that are at least that long. These faces correspond to the crystals' dodecahedral form, though it is quite difficult to determine their individual shapes due to their tiny size and their heavy intergrowth. All have beautiful moderately deep green color that approaches that of emerald, and all are at least translucent; the brightness of their color may be caused by tiny internal fractures in each crystal. The dark gray host rock on which they rest has a flat face cut into its underside. It is a very pretty specimen.