Dims: 1.2x0.5x1.5" (3.0x1.9x3.8 cm)
Wt: 0.42 oz. (11.9g)
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
This thumbnail of vesuvianite has a very pale brown color, nearly colorless. The specimen is composed of hundreds of tiny and well-formed crystals which are individually specular and reflect light very well. The crystals are striated, which is very apparent in the light reflected from their crystal faces. Examination with a loupe reveals that the crystals are two colors - some are pale green, and some are pale purple - it is merely the overall appearance that looks pale brown.