Dims: 2.7x1.7x1.5" (6.9x4.3x3.9 cm)
Wt: 3.6 oz. (100.5g)
Mount Yukspor, Khibiny Mountains, Kola Peninsula, Russia
This small hand specimen is mostly a radial cluster of extremely fine yuksporite crystals. They are a beige to pink color with an overall fibrous appearance. Under a loupe, the dull surface resolves to a silky luster from the tiny crystals which remain too small to see. In fact, the yuksporite formations are intricate and quite pretty on this scale. The outside of the specimen is covered with several minerals, including calcite, what I believe to be shorl, and likely several other minerals. There are several crevasses towards the center of the yuksporite, giving the appearance that the crystals grew in towards the center, rather than out from it.