Dims: 2.0" x 1.7" x 1.0" (5.1 x 4.3 x 2.5 cm)
Wt: 2.42 oz. (68.6 g)
Shi Meng Mine, Shi Meng County, Hunan Province, China
At least 20 different crystals are clustered together in this specimen; there are probably many more than that, but most of them are so intergrown that they could be collectively regarded as a few, larger crystals. As it is, at least 5 crystals make up the bulk of the piece, reaching dimensions of up to 2.0 x 1.0 x 0.4" (5.1 x 2.5 x 1.0 cm). Many smaller crystals partly protrude from these larger ones, including some very tiny ones whose visible dimensions do not exceed 2 mm. Their intense intergrowth makes it difficult for one to effectively isolate individual crystals and determine their monoclinic bladed/prismatic form, but a few small ones show some individuality. The larger intergrown "associations" show definite wedge-shaped terminations, and could, in effect, be called "double-terminated". All have the deep, crimson-red coloration that is the hallmark of this mineral, and their bright, nearly adamantine luster is pervasive. Again, their intergrowth makes it difficult for one to determine their clarity, but most of the crystals are definitely transparent. There is no host rock or other material on the specimen.