Dims: 0.8 x 0.6 x 0.4" (1.9 x 1.4 x 1.0 cm)
Wt: 5.7 g
Kola Peninsula, Russia
This small Purpurite specimen does not necessarily show a crystal form, but its general shape shows rather flat, clean surfaces that I believe are natural in occurrence. It has the standard violet coloration with a red tinge, and shows a dull, silky luster. The material has a powdery consistency; such a powder will rub off if the specimen is touched or lightly abraded. It is, of course, opaque. There appears to be a small amount of a pale brown, muscovite-laden host rock attached to one face of the piece.