Dims: 1.7" x 1.5" x 1.4" (4.3 x 3.8 x 3.6 cm)
Wt: 2.90 oz. (82.3 g)
Pasto Bueno Mine, Ancash, Peru
The intergrown quartz-crystal matrix of this specimen hold together at least 9 Huebnerite crystals. These crystals do not exceed 1.3" (3.3 cm) in length and are all in excellent condition, showing no human-induced damage. Their monoclinic bladed form is not very well defined, but is very good with respect to Huebnerite crystals in general. Their edges have moderately good definition and their visible faces are striated but clean, and possess a bright, nearly adamantine luster. All have a rich, wine-red coloration that is so deep that a dim translucence is visible only at their edges. The intergrown quartz crystals that hold the Huebnerites together are mostly damaged and broken. Those that are intact, though, show excellent hexagonal prismatic form, a vitreous luster, and transparence and excellent clarity. They do not exceed 0.5" (1.3 cm) in length.