Dims: 1.7 x 1.6 x 1.5" (4.4 x 4.0 x 3.8 cm)
Wt: 3.7 oz. (105 g)
Silver Crater Mine, Bancroft, Ontario, Canada
This excellent hand specimen consists of two Betafite crystals- one partial, one complete- that are partly embedded in two intersecting, incomplete apatite prisms. The complete crystal measures nearly 1" (2.5 cm) in diameter and is in perfect condition, as it does not show even minor damage. Its dodecahedral form is excellent, though a few rhombic faces are slightly modified to a hexagonal shape. Its color is a dull red-brown and its luster is dull. It is, of course, completely opaque. The apatites that form the base show excellent trigonal form but are heavily damaged and missing their terminations. There is no other material present.