Dims: 2.0" x 1.5" x 1.1" (5.1 x 3.8 x 2.8 cm)
Wt: 1.93 oz. (54.9 g)
Soholovskoje, Dzezkazgan region, Kazakhstan
This small hand specimen consists of 5 separate and distinct clusters of Stellerite crystals on a calcite-and-pyrite host rock. Four of the clusters are nearly similar in size, having diameters of about 0.5" (1.3 cm), but the other cluster is much smaller, with a diameter of only 0.3" (8 mm). Three of the larger clusters show visible damage; on the surface of each one is a single, small area of crushing damage. All have a pale orange color and a bright, pearly luster on their termination surfaces, and are translucent. The crystals that make up the smallest cluster are much more loosely arranged than those of the larger, and are easy to study as individuals. There is some crystal form evident in the calcite and pyrite that makes up the host rock, but most of this consists of random faces amidst the damaged and shapeless intergrown mass.