STELLERITE specimen ste-14
Dims: 1.5 x 1.3 x 1.1" (3.8 x 3.3 x 2.8 cm)
Wt: 25.5 g
Soholvskoje, Dzezkazgan region, Kazakhstan
Two clusters of intergrown, radiating Stellerite crystals rest on the dull, green host rock of this thumbnail specimen. One of the clusters is broken and mostly incomplete, but the other is in better condition, though also damaged. The larger cluster has visible dimensions of 1.0 x 1.0 x 0.5" (2.5 x 2.5 x 1.3 cm) and is composed of scores of small Stellerite prisms that are mostly intergrown but appear to have very good orthorhombic prismatic form anyway. Their termination edges are well-defined, and their visible faces are clean, possessing a bright, nearly vitreous luster. All have a rather dark, dull brown color and are dimly to moderately translucent, even when gathered in clusters. A bed of lightly intergrown calcite scalenohedra partly covers this cluster- they are colorless, transparent, clear, and have a good form. The green base rock appears to be made of weathered olivine or a related igneous rock.