Dims: 2.1 x 1.4 x 1.3" (5.3 x 3.6 x 3.3 cm)
Wt: 2.3 oz. (65.5 g)
Mashamba Mine, Kolwezi, Zaire
Many small trigonal "dogtooth" Sphaerocobaltite crystals line the hollow in the host rock of this specimen. These crystals reach lengths of nearly 0.5" (1.3 cm), and are generally in excellent condition, as only the most exposed crystals show any damage. Their form is excellent, with well-defined edges and clean faces that possess a moderate-to-dull pearly luster. They have the standard pale pink coloration and are transparent and dimly to moderately clear- the largest crystal appears to contain a small spheroid that is likely made of malachite. The host rock on which they rest appears to be made up of a disorganized mixture of shale and calcite, and likely contains a small amount of amorphous cuprite.