Dims: 2.0 x 1.3 x 0.9" (5.1 x 3.3 x 2.3 cm)
Wt: 2.58 oz. (73.0 g)
Toussit, Oudja, Morocco
There are likely no more than 10 Anglesite crystals resting on the galena base of this large thumbnail specimen. However, the most exposed of these crystals are exceptional, both in size and quality. The largest of them has dimensions of 0.8 x 0.7 x 0.2" (2.0 x 1.8 x 0.5 cm) and is in pristine condition, showing no visible damage. One other crystal is only slightly smaller, and though it has the most damage of all the intact crystals on the piece, it is still in good condition. Their orthorhombic bladed form is excellent, with well-defined edges and striated but clean faces that possess a bright, almost adamantine luster. Their color is a pale, watery yellow, and all are transparent and very clear, containing only a few veil-like inclusions and the occasional internal fracture as interference. There are a few larger crystals on the piece, but these are broken and mostly incomplete. The base is not just made up of galena- there is also a white, powdery material on it that may be some type of lead oxide.