Hanksite - Giant Crystal From Type Loc.
Searles Lake, near Trona, San Bernardino Co., California, USA
Large Cabinet, 18.6 x 14.7 x 13.8 cm
Ex. Al Ordway
This hanksite specimen is highlighted by a huge, doubly terminated, well formed crystal that reaches 16 cm in length. It's so symmetrical that its hexagonal form is textbook sharp and mesmerizing for any species. It is emplaced on matrix with a few smaller hanskite crystals, all of which exhibit matte luster and good translucence within unusual golden gray color. Note that these are lightly oiled with mineral oil to preserve them from changing environments (from the very wet and saturated environment in which they formed). As long as they are kept in air-conditioning and not exposed to profound dry air, they should be stable. This is a stunning and important example of the species, collected by Al Ordway sometime in the 1960s or 1970s