Cordierite in Anhydrite With Chalcopyrite
Ruttan Mine, Leaf Rapids, Manitoba, Canada
Small Cabinet, 6.2 x 5.5 x 3.9 cm
Ex. Ian Nicklin
Miniature, 3.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm Cordierite is one of those species condemned to exist in only ugly specimens of largely crude crystals. Here, however, from a locality I hadn't even heard of before, we have a wild exception to the trend! These robust crystals to 1.2 cm in size have a jet black color, waxy luster, and excellent crystal form! They are embedded and partially excavated from anhydrite matrix, with golden specks of massive chalcopyrite to set off the crystals even more starkly..