Dims: 1.19x0.87x0.70" (3.03x2.22x1.77cm)
Wt: 0.46oz (13.0g)
Big Fish River, Yukon, Canada
This is a specimen of the rare phosphate mineral gormanite. The gormanite crystals are organized in small randomly arrayed tufts of acicular crystals, which individually are transparent, display a vitreous luster and a lovely blue-green. In the aggregate, the small size of the individual crystals lends a rather dull appearance, and the transparency is not visible, either, except that it makes the blue-green color somewhat more intense. This is one of those specimens that looks interesting to the unaided eye, but looks really good under magnification.