This is quite a specimen. The cluster of howlite crystals is 2.8 cm, which is up with the largest ones found to date. The individual crystals are a little over 1 cm, which is also up among the largest crystals found to date. Some areas of the cluster show frosting due to interaction with the seawater, while some crystals are very sharp and show some good lustre. The central portion of the cluster, top to bottom, is in excellent condition, while the sides have incomplete crystals. This is an impressive crystallized howlite.
About These Howlites
The howlite crystals from Bras D’Or Lake, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia are the best known – to date, this is the world’s only locality to produce howlite crystals, other than a California locality with microscopic ones.
This place can be a little rough… which is a very good thing in some ways, and less so in others!