Dims: 1.9 x 1.2 x 1.0" (4.8 x 3.0 x 2.5 cm)
Wt: 23.9 g w/ base
This thumbnail specimen consists of at least 6 clusters of radiating orthorhombic Stellerite crystals. Two of the clusters are separate and distinct, but the rest are partly intergrown. All are in very good condition, as only a small amount of damage is visible, and the largest cluster has dimensions of 0.6 x 0.5 x 0.4" (1.5 x 1.3 x 1.0 cm), suggesting crystals that are 0.3" (8 mm) long. The crystals, though mostly obscured in their clusters, show good orthorhombic prismatic form, though I personally think that each crystal is actually a "sheaf" of several thin, bladed crystals that are stacked together. All have a uniform dull-orange coloration and a bright pearly luster, and are moderately to dimly translucent in normal light. None of the clusters is completely round due to their intergrowth with the calcite base. This base is made up of both crystalline and stalactitic calcite and is coated with a fine druse of more tiny, transparent calcites (see the close-up image). It is affixed to a square acrylic base with a hot glue.