Lustrous epidote comprised of three primary crystals – the top one has a great hollow at the termination, giving a bit of complexity. There is one spot on the side of the top crystal where a small crystal is missing. The crystals are sharp and all are doubly-terminated. A cool epidote cluster.
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About this Find
On a trip to Peru I managed to acquire some of the best specimens I have seen from the 2012 find at Concession Morgan 3, Coayllo, Cañete Province, Lima Department. Information about the find is still pretty sketchy. I was told that it was a “small skarn zone” encountered and depleted. The zone was certainly quite tight – most specimens I have seen have unfortunately had some level of contacting, confirming that there was not a lot of open space for free crystal growth. The specimens are beautiful well-developed sharp epidote crystals, with great lustre. Some are very dark, in some ways, a little reminiscent of epidote from Prince of Wales, Alaska, while others have slightly lighter green (and in these, there seems to be some colour variation with some brown as well).