I've showed this piece to a couple people and they all describe the shape as something different. One thought it looked like a cobra as it has a slight bend when shown from the side. Another person described it as a zipper with the uniform octahedron gold crystals that form on both sides of slightly indented or cavernous spine on the backside of the specimen. The color is a brilliant, consistent warm buttery gold and the crystals are very defined, most being octahedrons but you can see on the back side there are a few trigon crystals as well. The base has a bit of white quartz remaining to show how the crystal grew from the side of a pocket wall.
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Weight: 1.74 grams (26.82 grains)
Dimensions: 11/16" or 18mm.