Toenail, 3.0 x 1.75 x 0.5 cm
Pit No. 9, Touissit, Touissit District, Oujda-Angad Province, Oriental Region, Morocco
Paralaurionite is really only known in a handful of specimens that would be of interest to the collector of non-microminerals, and this location has produced some of the finest. This smoky crystal with large GEMMY areas is crudely terminated at top and bottom by etching or contact, but is nonetheless a fine single crystal with excellent luster and display quality to it! Such pieces are very rare and I have seen just a few for sale including the Barlow specimen, which I myself handled in 1999. See Barlow book page 322 for comparison (the largest terminated crystal on that specimen = 2.1 cm). This one is from the noted rarities collection of German collector Paul Stahl, who obtained it at about the same time as Barlow when they came out. 3 x 1.75 x 0.5 cm