Dims: 1.3 x 1.0 x 0.9" (3.3 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm)
Wt: 20.2 g
BB #7 Quarry, Norway, Oxford County, Maine, U.S.A.
Several intergrown "crystals" of Purpurite make up the bulk of this thumbnail specimen. These bits are likely not actual crystals of the material, as they really do not show any regular form. The do not show any fresh damage, either, and so are in good condition. The Purpurite has the classic violet color with a red tinge and the dull, silky luster that suggests its slightly powdery texture. It is, of course, opaque, and shows cracks and crevices in many places. There are a few tiny muscovite blades present, along with a dull brown material that strongly resembles limonite.