Dims: 2.7 x 2.2 x 2.1" (6.9 x 5.6 x 5.3 cm)
Wt: 3.2 oz. (90.9 g)
Pingwu, Sichuan Province, China
Maybe I should have classified this specimen as a "beryl". It consists of a single octahedral Scheelite crystal that is intergrown with 2 of the 3 hexagonal tabular beryl crystals that are present. The Scheelite has visible dimensions of 0.6 x 0.6 x 0.5" (1.5 x 1.5 x 1.3 cm) and is in excellent condition, showing no human-induced damage. Its form is moderately good, but is mostly obscured by one of the beryls; its edges are slightly rounded but somewhat well-defined, and its faces are relatively clean, possessing an adamantine luster. The Scheelite's color is a moderately dull orange with golden highlights, and it is dimly transparent, containing many internal fractures. The accompanying beryls are rather large in comparison- the largest has dimensions of 1.5 x 1.0 x 0.6" (3.8 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm), and the others are not much smaller. All are in excellent condition, showing almost no human-induced damage, and their almost tabular form is very good, with well-defined edges and clean faces that possess the vitreous luster. All are transparent and moderately clear, as they contain many noticeable cloudy inclusions and internal fractures. They are not quite colorless- all have a faint tinge of pale blue, though I would not call them aquamarines. All of these crystals are attached to a crust made up of both crystalline and massive muscovite.