Dims: 5.1" x 3.3" x 1.4" (13.0 x 8.4 x 3.6 cm)
Wt: 14.8 oz. (420 g)
Specimens such as this may be known to some as "Chrysanthemum Stones". I can assure you that they are not fossilized flowers! This specimen consists of a radiating cluster of Celestite prisms that have been trapped in a brown matrix rock that I believe is made of limestone. The limestone has been ground down enough so that a cross-section of the cluster is visible. According to their visible dimensions, the Celestites do not exceed 1.2" (3.0 cm) in length and 0.1" (0.3 cm) in diameter. All appear to have a white coloration, but their luster and clarity cannot be accurately determined. The quality of their orthorhombic prismatic form is also questionable, but one can at least see that their outlines are more or less regular. Except for the area that encompasses the cluster and a small, cut surface that acts as a "base", the entire surface of the host rock has been coated with a shiny lacquer.