Dims: 1.8" x 1.7" x 1.7" (4.6 x 4.3 x 4.3 cm)
Wt: 1.60 oz. (45.4 g)
Red Lead Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia
This delicate specimen contains scores of monoclinic, needlelike Crocoite crystals, many of which are very much exposed. These crystals do not exceed 0.4" (1.0 cm) in length or 2 mm in diameter. They are in generally good condition for their exposure, though many crystals appear to be missing natural terminations. All have the bright, red-orange coloration and vitreous luster that is common for this mineral, and are either translucent or transparent. Their brown-black host rock appears to be made of goethite or some other iron mineral. The high visibility of the crystals on this specimen make it an attractive, though very delicate, piece.