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This page gathers together the specimens that, because of their quality, rarity or interesting locality,
we wish to maintain on our web site as reference specimens although they have been sold.

Uvite

Uvite on Magnesite
Uvite on Magnesite.

TY7B6: Huge and well colored crystal of Uvite very well placed on the typical white Magnesite matrix.
Brumado, Bahía  Brazil

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.2 cm = 1.5” × 1.3”

Uvite with Magnesite and Calcite

MR12M5: Very short prismatic Uvite crystals of almost equidimensional aspect resembling a garnet. The crystals are very transparent and have good color that contrasts with a matrix of rhombohedral pink crystals of Magnesite and with Calcite.
Pomba Pit, Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahia  Brazil (09/2008)

Specimen size: 6 × 5.9 × 4.7 cm = 2.4” × 2.3” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.5 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”

Uvite with Magnesite and Calcite. Uvite with Magnesite and Calcite.
Uvite with Magnesite and Calcite
Uvite with Magnesite and Calcite. Uvite with Magnesite and Calcite.

MT12M5: Very short prismatic Uvite crystals of almost equidimensional aspect resembling a garnet. The crystals are very transparent and have good color that contrasts with a matrix of rhombohedral pink crystals of Magnesite and with Calcite.
The specimen has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Lapis’ on page 11, volume 36, number 11, November 2011
Pomba Pit, Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahia  Brazil (09/2008)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 2.9 × 2.8 cm = 2.4”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.2”

Uvite with Quartz, Magnesite and Calcite

MG56M9: Very short doubly terminated crystals of Uvite. They have perfect rhombohedral terminations that are bright, transparent and have excellent deep green color and are on a matrix of white sharp rhombohedral crystals of Magnesite, with orange Calcite and right-handed crystals of Quartz, the biggest one with an included small crystal of Uvite.
Pomba Pit, Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahia  Brazil (09/2008)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.9 × 5.7 cm = 2.2” × 1.9” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Uvite with Quartz, Magnesite and Calcite. Front
Front
Uvite with Quartz, Magnesite and Calcite. Rear
Rear
Uvite with Quartz, Magnesite and Calcite.
Uvite with Magnesite
Uvite with Magnesite.

JV47G3: A floater. Crystal is very well shaped and in one of its front faces has a negative crystal forming a geometrical entrance. The group of crystals forming the base is partially covered by little rhombohedra of Magnesite. This sample is from an accredited collection and we'll send the corresponding label with it.
Brumado, Bahia  Brazil

Specimen size: 3.3 × 3.2 × 2.2 cm = 1.3” × 1.3” × 0.9”

Uvite with Magnesite

A31CB2: Large crystal size, not a bad color and good position on the Magnesite matrix. So it is a perfect sample for a classic mineralogical specimen.
Brumado, Bahía  Brazil

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.2 cm = 1.3” × 0.9”

Uvite with Magnesite.
Uvite with Magnesite
Uvite with Magnesite. Uvite with Magnesite.

AM86AE4: Aggregate of Uvite crystals with a prismatic shape, transparent, very bright with an intense red color, and with colorless and transparent rhombohedral Magnesite crystals.
Pomba Pit, Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahia  Brazil

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.4 × 4.1 cm = 2.4” × 2.1” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.2 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”


Elbaite (Tourmaline Group)

Elbaite

TQ26Q6: Very bright and transparent crystal of very well defined faces and edges and an excellent rhombohedral termination. The color is uniform green with neat bluish shades.
Pederneira Claim, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 1.5” × 0.3” × 0.2”

Elbaite. Front
Front
Elbaite. Rear
Rear
Elbaite with Lepidolite
Elbaite with Lepidolite. Front
Front
Elbaite with Lepidolite. Top
Top

TX87Q1: Group of transparent crystals of excellent luster and color, very deep and uniform. Most of the crystals have acute terminations rich in faces. They are with small mauve crystals of Lepidolite.
Pederneira Claim, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 3.4 × 3.2 cm = 2.2” × 1.3” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 1.2 cm = 1.7” × 0.5”

Elbaite with Lepidolite
Elbaite with Lepidolite

TE28: Thick Elbaite crystal recrystallized on its bottom and with another Elbaite crystal crossing it. Minor Lepidolite is associated with it. The feature of this specimen is its unusual blue tip.
An original label from the collector Steve Smale will be provided to the customer.
Pederneira Claim, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 6 × 3 × 2.8 cm = 2.4” × 1.2” × 1.1”

Elbaite with Lepidolite. Elbaite with Lepidolite.
Elbaite with Albite
Elbaite with Albite. Front
Front
Elbaite with Albite. Rear
Rear

MD13P4: Very aerial and esthetic group of three transparent crystals of a color between green and blue and with small crystals of Albite. In very good condition, all terminations are complete except one which is fixed to the metacrylate base.
Pederneira Claim, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (1995)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 4.3 × 1.6 cm = 2.7” × 1.7” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 6 × 0.7 cm = 2.4” × 0.3”

Elbaite

TK26Q6: The piece is as esthetic as mineralogically interesting. Elongated, with very well defined faces and edges and green color with bluish areas on its intermediate zone. Its termination is sharp and complete, formed by the flat face of the pinacoid and the faces of a rhombohedron. In its lower termination the crystal is partially hollowed and has acicular growths of the same Elbaite and furthermore it is joined on its back to a skeletal wall of a second crystal, also with acicular growths.
Pederneira Claim, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 8.6 × 3.3 × 2.3 cm = 3.4” × 1.3” × 0.9”

Elbaite. Front
Front
Elbaite. Rear
Rear
Elbaite. Rear
Rear
Elbaite with Quartz
Elbaite with Quartz. Elbaite with Quartz.

TJ68D8: Great crystal of twin color Tourmaline (Elbaite) which stands upright on the lightly smoky Quartz. As often happens with pegmatite minerals, the bottom of the Elbaite and Quartz shows a natural fracture that was then healed. So while one cannot call it doubly terminated it is not broken either. Great esthetics.
Pederneira Claim, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (1999)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 4 × 3.8 cm = 2.9” × 1.6” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 1.2 cm = 1.5” × 0.5”

Sceptered Elbaite (indicolite)

TE66H3: Scepter growth of a double parallel prism with a complex termination with rhombohedral faces. Its color is extraordinary, deep blue without green shades, so common in this type of crystal.
Pederneira Claim, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2005)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 1.8 × 1.4 cm = 1.3” × 0.7” × 0.6”

Sceptered Elbaite (indicolite). Front
Front
Sceptered Elbaite (indicolite). Rear
Rear
Elbaite on smoky Quartz
Elbaite on smoky Quartz. Front
Front
Elbaite on smoky Quartz. Side
Side

TP66H3: Two prismatic crystals, one of them doubly terminated, with excellent color and luster on a crystal of doubly terminated Quartz and the presence of minor Albite.
Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2004-2006)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 2.2 × 2.2 cm = 1.9” × 0.9” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 0.7 cm = 1.0” × 0.3”

Elbaite (variety verdelite)

TM49K1: The crystal has an excellent, deep and very uniform color and extraordinary transparency. Its termination, very rich in faces, has a small coverage of an unidentified silicate.
Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 1 × 0.8 cm = 2.9” × 0.4” × 0.3”

Elbaite (variety verdelite). Front
Front
Elbaite (variety verdelite). Side
Side
Elbaite (variety verdelite). Top
Top
Elbaite with Lepidolite and Feldspar
Elbaite with Lepidolite and Feldspar. Front
Front
Elbaite with Lepidolite and Feldspar. Top
Top

TR87J3: This specimen is especially esthetic. The prismatic crystals of very well defined faces and edges, of deep green color and extraordinary luster, are with doubly terminated Lepidolite crystals and they strongly contrast with the matrix of Feldspar (probably Orthoclase).
Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 10.8 × 7 × 3.6 cm = 4.3” × 2.8” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 3 × 0.5 cm = 1.2” × 0.2”

Doubly terminated Elbaite

TP97J5: The crystal is partially doubly terminated. One of its terminations has the bright and very well defined face of the pedion, meanwhile the faces of the opposite termination are clearly rhombohedral. The central zone of this termination is rough due to a contact.
Do Boqueirão Mine, Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2002)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 3.1 × 3.1 cm = 2.6” × 1.2” × 1.2”

Doubly terminated Elbaite. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Elbaite. Top
Top
Elbaite (variety rubellite)
Elbaite (variety rubellite).

TF96J5: Group of curious aspect because it is formed by very short prisms in which the triangular terminal form is dominant. Its color is very intense.
Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2007)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.4 × 1.4 cm = 1.5” × 1.3” × 0.6”

Elbaite

MX66M8: The crystal has a recrystallized termination while the other is complete. It has uniform green color, a good transparency and it is partially coated by small crystals of the variety Rubellite.
Cruzeiro Mine, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (03-04/2008)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 1.7 × 1.3 cm = 1.9” × 0.7” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 4..4 × 0.9 cm = 1.6” × 0.4”

Elbaite. Front
Front
Elbaite. Top
Top
Elbaite
Elbaite. Front
Front
Elbaite. Side
Side
Elbaite.

MT73N4: A curious growth in which the crystals, with a marked zonation of color, start successively one after one. The two most well-defined crystals are perfectly doubly terminated and show two different terminations, one with a flat pedion and the other with a pyramid. It is not repaired or reinforced and appears as Nature and the pegmatites made it.
Cruzeiro Mine, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (03-04/2008)

Specimen size: 13 × 5.5 ×  3.2 cm = 5.1” × 2.2” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 11.7 × 1.7 cm = 4.6” × 0.7”

Elbaite (variety indicolite) with Lepidolite and Quartz

TE37J3: Prismatic crystal of very well defined faces and edges, both on the prism and on the pinacoidal termination. The crystal has a rich blue-green color and a considerable transparency (under intense light) and it is partially covered by Lepidolite and Quartz crystals.
Cruzeiro Mine, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 5.6 × 2.3 × 2.7 cm = 2.2” × 0.9” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 5.6 × 1.6 cm = 2.2” × 0.6”

Elbaite (variety indicolite) with Lepidolite and Quartz. Front
Front
Elbaite (variety indicolite) with Lepidolite and Quartz. Rear
Rear
Elbaite (variety indicolite) with Fluorapatite
Elbaite (variety indicolite) with Fluorapatite. Front
Front
Elbaite (variety indicolite) with Fluorapatite.
Elbaite (variety indicolite) with Fluorapatite. Light behind
Light behind
Elbaite (variety indicolite) with Fluorapatite. Light behind
Light behind

VC29Y9: A crystal with simple forms including the very well-marked curved trigonal prism and smooth pinacoidal termination. It has a very intense, uniform and deep blue color, masked by the crystal's thickness but easily visible with an intense light.
Minas Gerais,   Brazil (±1973)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 3 × 2.5 cm = 3.3” × 1.2” × 1.0”

Former collection of A. Mayor

Fluorapatite fluorescent long & short UV

Elbaite

MM13P8: Deeply striated crystals with very well defined rhombohedral terminations. This feature gives the group a distinct velvet luster and an attractive clear greenish color. The sample is from Pirineus Mine, currently closed.
Lavra Pirineus, Monte Belo, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (±1995)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 2.9 × 2.3 cm = 1.8” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Elbaite.
Elbaite
Elbaite.

TH16J3: Prismatic crystal, very transparent, bright and blue with green shades. Its faces and edges are very well defined, especially on terminations with a zone deeper colored.
Lavra Pirineus, Monte Belo, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 5.3 × 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 2.1” × 0.4” × 0.3”

Elbaite

TK67J5: Group of two prismatic crystals, one of them doubly terminated and having one of the terminations unusually acute for the species. The color is very deep and its transparency is very good.
Lavra Pirineus, Monte Belo, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 5.9 × 1.3 × 0.7 cm = 2.3” × 0.5” × 0.3”

Main crystal size: 5.2 × 0.6 cm = 2.0” × 0.2”

Elbaite. Front
Front
Elbaite. Rear
Rear
Elbaite (variedad rubellite) with doubly terminated Quartz
Elbaite (variedad rubellite) with doubly terminated Quartz. Elbaite (variedad rubellite) with doubly terminated Quartz.
Elbaite (variedad rubellite) with doubly terminated Quartz. Elbaite (variedad rubellite) with doubly terminated Quartz.

AH92P1: Very well defined Elbaite (Rubellite) crystal, not thick, with good uniform color, transparency and luster. The crystal grew implanted on a doubly terminated curious crystal of Quartz. The upper termination of the Elbaite crystal is recrystallized and the termination below is broken.
Virgem da Lapa, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2007)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 3.1 × 1.7 cm = 2.4” × 1.2” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 1.1 cm = 1.8” × 0.4”

Former collection of Josep Amigó (Silvane)

Elbaite "Watermelon"

TE49F3: A prismatic crystal typical of Santa Rosa, with notable transparency and brilliance. This makes the contrast between the red interior and green exterior more notable. A classic that is now hard to find.
Santa Rosa Mine, Itambacuri, Minas Gerais  Brazil (±1980)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 0.9 × 1 cm = 1.9” × 0.4” × 0.4”

Elbaite "Watermelon".
Elbaite (paraíba)
Elbaite (paraíba). Front
Front
Elbaite (paraíba). Rear
Rear

EA56P5: Excellent crystallization for this variety, well known as "Paraiba" in gemology, whose characteristic is that it is almost unknown in complete crystals. For that reason, this piece must be considered as very unusual. The crystal is a doubly terminated floater, with two different terminations, one of them is acute and the opposite is flattened. Color and transparency are very good.
São José da Batalha, Paraíba  Brazil

Specimen size: 1.2 × 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.5” × 0.2” × 0.1”

Elbaite (paraíba)

EP47P3: Excellent crystallization for this variety, well known as "Paraíba" in gemology, whose characteristic is that it is almost unknown in defined crystals. For that reason, the piece must be considered as very unusual. The sample is an irregular prismatic crystal with a neat pinacoidal termination, transparent, bright and of excellent color. This variety is rare in collections because most of the crystals have been faceted as gems.
São José da Batalha, Paraíba  Brazil

Specimen size: 1.2 × 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.5” × 0.2” × 0.2”

Elbaite (paraíba). Front
Front
Elbaite (paraíba). Rear
Rear
Elbaite (paraíba). Top
Top
Elbaite (paraíba)
Elbaite (paraíba). Front
Front
Elbaite (paraíba). Rear
Rear

EJ68P3: Excellent crystallization for this variety, well known as "Paraíba" in gemology, whose characteristic is that it is almost unknown in defined crystals. For that reason, the piece must be considered as very unusual. The sample is a doubly terminated floater crystal with very acute terminations of very well defined faces, transparent and with an excellent color. This variety is rare in collections because most of the crystals have been faceted as gems.
São José da Batalha, Paraíba  Brazil

Specimen size: 2 × 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.8” × 0.2” × 0.1”

Elbaite (paraíba)

EM88P5: Excellent crystallization for this variety, well known as "Paraiba" in gemology, which characteristic is that it is almost unknown in defined crystals. For that reason, the piece must be considered as very unusual. Doubly terminated floater crystal, the prism is progressively thicker and both terminations have a very pronounced curvature. Color and transparency are very good.
São José da Batalha, Paraíba  Brazil

Specimen size: 2.6 × 0.3 × 0.3 cm = 1.0” × 0.1” × 0.1”

Elbaite (paraíba). Front
Front
Elbaite (paraíba). Rear
Rear
Elbaite (paraíba). Top
Top

Fluorapatite with Albite
Fluorapatite with Albite. Front
Front
Fluorapatite with Albite. Top
Top

TT86Q6: Tabular crystals, two of them clearly dominant, very bright and with an excellent green color, with dipyramidal faces and geometrical color zoning, darker on pinacoidal faces. They are on a matrix of Albite crystals.
Sapo Mine, Ferruginha, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (±2007)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.8 × 1.8 cm = 1.1” × 1.1” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.9 cm = 0.7” × 0.4”

Zoned fluorescence long & short UV

Fluorapatite

TE98Z3: Uniaxial and spike-like growths of crystals formed by a dominant short prism, a pyramid and the pinacoid with a very deep and beautiful green color. The piece is very esthetic.
Sapo Mine, Ferruginha, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (±2010)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 1.4 × 1.2 cm = 2.2” × 0.6” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 0.8 cm = 0.7” × 0.3”

Fluorescent short UV

Fluorapatite.
Fluorapatite
Fluorapatite. Front
Front
Fluorapatite. Rear
Rear

MA46K4: A novelty from Munich 2007. We have had this Apatite analyzed and it is really Fluorapatite, as we guessed.
Uniaxial growth of crystals formed by the prism, the pyramid and the pinacoid, of beautiful green color and excellent luster. We are waiting an analysis to confirm the species, but we believe, due the morphology and the general aspect, they are Fluorapatite, but we are still uncertain because there is Hydroxylapatite at the locality.
Sapo Mine, Ferruginha, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2007)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 1.4 × 1.2 cm = 2.3” × 0.6” × 0.5”

Intense fluorescence long & short UV

Fluorapatite

TA53X2: Group of parallel growths of elongated prismatic crystals with dipyramidal terminations, most of them doubly terminated. They have clear green color and good luster. A nice natural sculpture.
Sapo Mine, Ferruginha, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (10/2010)

Specimen size: 10 × 7.5 × 4.2 cm = 3.9” × 3.0” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 0.7 cm = 0.9” × 0.3”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorapatite. Fluorapatite.
Muscovite
Muscovite.

MD12L0: Very esthetic specimen, very rich in yellow laminar crystals, with well defined outlines, some of them forming rosettes.
Proberil Mine, Galiléia, Minas Gerais  Brazil (06/2007)

Specimen size: 9.4 × 8.3 × 6 cm = 3.7” × 3.3” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 2.8 cm = 1.3” × 1.1”

Hematite

TD16P9: Deeply striated pseudocubic crystal with small parallel growths on its faces. Luster is excellent.
Casa de Pedra Mine, Congonhas (Congonhas do Campo), Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.1 × 2.7 cm = 1.4” × 0.8” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.7 cm = 0.9” × 0.7”

Hematite.
Hematite
Hematite.

TC87J3: Group of very complex crystals, extraordinarily rich in faces, with delicate striations and triangular forms of growth. It is very bright.
Casa de Pedra Mine, Congonhas do Campo, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 3.8 × 2.8 × 4 cm = 1.5” × 1.1” × 1.6”

Kosnarite with Albite and Mica

TZ87J0: Groups of small crystals of very well defined faces and edges and excellent intense yellow color, on a group of laminar crystals of Albite and with small sheets of Mica (probably Muscovite).
Jenipapo district, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2003)

Specimen size: 12.2 × 8.2 × 5.4 cm = 4.8” × 3.2” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.0” × 0.0”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Kosnarite with Albite and Mica.
Kosnarite with Albite and Mica.
Kosnarite with Albite and Muscovite
Kosnarite with Albite and Muscovite. Front
Front
Kosnarite with Albite and Muscovite. Top
Top
Kosnarite with Albite and Muscovite.

TM47K9: Great specimen! Probably one of the best ones ever found. Groups of small crystals, with excellent intense yellow color and well defined faces and edges. All on parallel and “book” growths of laminar Albite crystals. Matrix is coated by laminar crystals of Mica (probably Muscovite). A Museum display specimen.
Jenipapo district, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2003)

Specimen size: 13.5 × 12.5 × 8 cm = 5.3” × 4.9” × 3.1”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.0” × 0.0”

With a copy of its analysis.

Minor fluorescence UV short wave
Zanazziite (manganoan) with Kosnarite and Albite

TK6K9: On the same specimen there are two very rare species. Beige crystals of Kosnarite with pinkish, radial aggregates of Zanazziite, on white Albite matrix. The Zanazziite has been carefully analyzed and the result is surprising: iron is nearly replaced by manganese (thus its pinkish shade), so we present it as manganoan Zanazziite. Matrix is Albite. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Jenipapo district, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2002-2003)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 1.9 × 2.2 cm = 1.8” × 0.7” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.0” × 0.0”

With a copy of its analysis.

Minor fluorescence UV short wave
Zanazziite (manganoan) with Kosnarite and Albite. Zanazziite (manganoan) with Kosnarite and Albite.
Zanazziite (manganoan) with Kosnarite and Albite
Zanazziite (manganoan) with Kosnarite and Albite. Front
Front
Zanazziite (manganoan) with Kosnarite and Albite. Side
Side
Zanazziite (manganoan) with Kosnarite and Albite.

TE96H4: On the same specimen there are two very rare species. Kosnarite in pseudo-octahedral, creamy, crystals with very sharp and bright faces and edges. The Zanazziite has been carefully analyzed and the result is surprising: iron is nearly replaced by manganese (thus its pinkish shade), so we present it as manganoan Zanazziite. Matrix is Albite. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Jenipapo district, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2002-2003)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.6 × 6.1 cm = 2.5” × 2.2” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.0” × 0.0”

Fluorescent short UV

Topaz with Quartz

TB11N8: Small doubly terminated crystal, transparent and of deep pink color. It is on a Quartz crystal. From a recent and lucky find at this classic locality.
Brumado, Bahía  Brazil (10-11/2008)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 1 × 0.9 cm = 1.0” × 0.4” × 0.4”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.2 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Topaz with Quartz. Front
Front
Topaz with Quartz. Side
Side
Topaz with Quartz.
Topaz with Quartz
Topaz with Quartz. Topaz with Quartz.

TY11N8: Small doubly terminated crystal, transparent and of deep pink color. It is on a Quartz crystal. From a recent and lucky find at this classic locality.
Brumado, Bahía  Brazil (10-11/2008)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 1.2 × 1 cm = 1.3” × 0.5” × 0.4”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.1 cm = 0.2” × 0.0”

Doubly terminated Topaz

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EB88X0: Floater group of Topaz crystals unusually sharp and all doubly terminated and complete, transparent, very bright and with parallel growths.
Mimoso do Sul, Espirito Santo  Brazil

Specimen size: 5.1 × 4.8 × 2.7 cm = 2.0” × 1.9” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 2.3 cm = 1.8” × 0.9”

Former collection of Claus Hedegaard. Number 10786
Doubly terminated Topaz. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Topaz. Rear
Rear
Topaz with Albite, Orthoclase, Muscovite and Fluorapatite
Topaz with Albite, Orthoclase, Muscovite and Fluorapatite. Topaz with Albite, Orthoclase, Muscovite and Fluorapatite.
Topaz with Albite, Orthoclase, Muscovite and Fluorapatite.

TL67J7: Doubly terminated prismatic crystal, transparent and with slight forms of dissolution on faces and edges giving it a rounded shape with abundant curves. The matrix is a group of prismatic crystals of Orthoclase, with recrystallization of Albite, small groups of Muscovite crystals and groups of small crystals of Fluorapatite, very fluorescent.
Sitio do Paraiso, Padre Paraiso, Minas Gerais  Brazil (02/2006)

Specimen size: 12.7 × 9 × 8 cm = 5.0” × 3.5” × 3.1”

Main crystal size: 8.5 × 3 cm = 3.3” × 1.2”

Fluorapatite fluorescent long & short UV

Topaz with Zanazziite and Mica

EB76I5: Prismatic crystal which has very well marked forms of dissolution and some well defined faces. It forms a very interesting association, not previously observed, with the very rare Zanazziite. It is on a thin layer of Mica forming a coverage of small brown crystals, whose analysis will be sent to the buyer.
Teixerinha Mine, Itinga, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3 × 2.8 cm = 1.5” × 1.2” × 1.1”

Topaz with Zanazziite and Mica. Front
Front
Topaz with Zanazziite and Mica. Side
Side
Topaz with Albite
Topaz with Albite. Front
Front
Topaz with Albite. Rear
Rear

MB68T2: Crystal of Topaz with corroded forms on alternating flat and smooth crystalline surfaces. It is very transparent and has an excellent blue color, very vivid and uniform, and has small growths of Albite on its surface.
Teixerinha Mine, Itinga, Minas Gerais  Brazil (06-07/2006)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 2.5 × 2.1 cm = 2.0” × 1.0” × 0.8”

Topaz

EA96J8: The color it is exceptional, between deep pink and reddish with honey yellow shades. It has very well defined faces and edges, an intense luster and excellent transparency. Unlike the orange “Saramenha” Topaz, a classic locality, this has a neat fluorescence.
Distrito Rodrigo Silva, Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais  Brazil (03/2007)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 1.3 × 1.1 cm = 1.4” × 0.5” × 0.4”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Topaz. Front
Front
Topaz. Rear
Rear
Topaz. Top
Top
Topaz "saramenha"
Topaz "saramenha". Front
Front
Topaz "saramenha". Rear
Rear
Topaz "saramenha". Top
Top

MF10L5: Topaz crystal with intense color and good brilliance. With a complex termination very rich in faces, where we can observe at least two pyramid forms and the pinacoid, along with two prisms. The base is a cleavage surface.
Antonio Pereira Mine, Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais  Brazil (10/11/2007)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 1.3 × 1 cm = 1.7” × 0.5” × 0.4”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Topaz

TF14W4: Single crystal with very well defined faces and edges, partially doubly terminated, translucent and with two well marked and contrasting colors, a dominant honey yellow and an intensely pinkish - almost mauve - shade at the right of the prism.
  Brazil

Specimen size: 2.8 × 2 × 2.4 cm = 1.1” × 0.8” × 0.9”

Fluorescent short UV

Topaz. Front
Front
Topaz. Side
Side
Topaz
Topaz.

RK63M3: Very transparent “Saramenha” Topaz with an uncommon light lilac color, and pink to violet tones. A gemmy miniature.
Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 1.8 × 0.8 × 0.6 cm = 0.7” × 0.3” × 0.2”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Spodumene (variety kunzite)

EE16J5: Floater crystal with complexly grooved surface typical of Spodumene. The color and transparency are magnificent.
Lavra do Urucum, Galiléia, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 6.3 × 3 × 1.2 cm = 2.5” × 1.2” × 0.5”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Spodumene (variety kunzite). Front
Front
Spodumene (variety kunzite). Rear
Rear
Euclase
Euclase. Front
Front
Euclase. Rear
Rear

MC26J4: A clear prismatic crystal with very well defined faces and edges and curious inclusions. Its luster is excellent.
Mãe dos Homens, Capelinha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (±1970)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.4 × 1 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 0.4”

Euclase on Quartz

TR49H6: A sample of high quality, with a magnificent crystal, doubly terminated, transparent, bright and of an excellent aquamarine color. It is implanted on a floater group of flat Quartz crystals.
Equador, Parelhas, Seridó Oriental, Rio Grande do Norte  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 15 × 6.2 × 2.7 cm = 5.9” × 2.4” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.8 cm = 0.6” × 0.3”

Euclase on Quartz.
Euclase on Quartz. Euclase on Quartz.
Rhodonite
Rhodonite.

TA46I8: Very well-defined flat crystal with sharp outline and faces, transparent, bright and of an extraordinary color. The quality is rare for the species.
Conselheiro Lafaiete, Minas Gerais  Brazil (06/1998)

Specimen size: 2.3 × 1.3 × 0.4 cm = 0.9” × 0.5” × 0.2”

Rhodonite

TR56I8: A very well-defined flat crystal, on matrix, with sharp outline and faces, transparent, bright and of an extraordinary color. The quality is rare for the species. On the upper right termination there is a small, neat curved notch that on first impression looks like a fracture but, after a detailed observation, we think it is a growth defect.
Conselheiro Lafaiete, Minas Gerais  Brazil (06/1998)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.5 × 2.1 cm = 1.6” × 1.4” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.5 cm = 0.6” × 0.6”

Rhodonite.
Brazilianite with Mica
Brazilianite with Mica.

TB64L2: Esthetic group of Brazilianite crystals, all of them doubly terminated, good transparency and excellent luster and yellow greenish color. With a small Muscovite matrix.
Lavra do Joao Lopes, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais  Brazil (09/2007)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 3 × 1.6 cm = 1.3” × 1.2” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 1 cm = 1.2” × 0.4”

Fluorescent short UV

Brazilianite with Albite

TR36L1: Very sharp Brazilianite crystals, many of them doubly terminated, with excellent transparency, color and brilliance. On a white Albite matrix.
Lavra do João Lopes, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais  Brazil (11/2007)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 4 × 3.5 cm = 1.9” × 1.6” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 1.2 cm = 1.4” × 0.5”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Brazilianite with Albite. Front
Front
Brazilianite with Albite. Top
Top
Brazilianite with Muscovite
Brazilianite with Muscovite. Front
Front
Brazilianite with Muscovite. Rear
Rear
Brazilianite with Muscovite. Side
Side

EP88T5: Group of elongated crystals, some of them doubly terminated. They are transparent, very bright and with a very intense yellow color and they are with leafy aggregates of Muscovite.
Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2011)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 2.5 × 3 cm = 2.1” × 1.0” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1.2 cm = 0.9” × 0.5”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Brazilianite with Muscovite

EQ78T5: Elongated crystal of Brazilianite partially doubly terminated. It is transparent, very bright and with a very intense yellow color. Its matrix is a leafy aggregate, with a star shape, of Muscovite crystals.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What’s New in the Mineral World?’ section, report #30, November 25, 2011 edition.
Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2011)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 2.8 × 1.4 cm = 2.1” × 1.1” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 4 × 1.8 cm = 1.6” × 0.7”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Brazilianite with Muscovite. Front
Front
Brazilianite with Muscovite. Rear
Rear
Brazilianite with Albite
Brazilianite with Albite. Front
Front
Brazilianite with Albite. Rear
Rear

TK87J6: The crystal shows a parallel growth, with very well defined faces and edges, an excellent luster and a considerable transparency. The sample is almost complete except on its base, which clearly is a flat contact.
Jenipapo district, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (06/2005)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 4.5 × 3.3 cm = 2.0” × 1.8” × 1.3”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Brazilianite with Orthoclase

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M58HA8: Brazilianite with Orthoclase. Different color from the usual Brazilianite (greener) and also aerial on top of the Orthoclase matrix.
Galiléia, Minas Gerais  Brazil (07/00)

Specimen size: 7 × 4 cm = 2.8” × 1.6”

Brazilianite with Orthoclase.
Herderite with Muscovite and Albite
Herderite with Muscovite and Albite. Front
Front
Herderite with Muscovite and Albite. Rear
Rear

TG98H9: Doubly terminated crystal of very well defined faces and edges, on a matrix of Albite partially covered by thin prismatic, yellowish-green crystals of Muscovite. Curiously the faces of the crystal are brighter on the back, which is not clearly shown in the picture. The color is excellent.
Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 2.8 × 2.3 cm = 1.8” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.5 cm = 0.8” × 0.6”

Herderite

MR99Q1: Complete crystal with very well defined faces and edges, translucent, of greenish-yellow color and having a very well marked twin. The crystal is on a thin matrix of pinkish Orthoclase. Of excellent quality for the species.
Virgem da Lapa, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais  Brazil (07/2009)

Specimen size: 6 × 6 × 4 cm = 2.4” × 2.4” × 1.6”

Herderite. Front
Front
Herderite. Side
Side
Herderite. Side
Side
Doubly terminated Topaz
Doubly terminated Topaz. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Topaz. Side
Side
Doubly terminated Topaz. Top
Top

MD51AB9: Doubly terminated and large (for the locality) crystal, with growth lines and very well defined dissolution forms. Its blue color is more intense than usual in samples from Virgem da Lapa. It has small aggregates of leafy Muscovite crystals.
Virgem da Lapa, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (±1970)

Specimen size: 10.3 × 9.5 × 7.5 cm = 4.1” × 3.7” × 3.0”

Main crystal size: 8 × 7.3 cm = 3.1” × 2.9”

Amblygonite
Amblygonite

TW49L7: Excellent twinned crystal of this rare lithium phosphate. Very transparent and intense yellow color, with well defined faces and edges and excellent brilliance, that makes clear the twin plane.
This specimen is accompanied by the label of the Wendy and Frank Melanson collection, from Canada. We will send the label to the buyer.
Marcel Telirio Mine, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais  Brazil (±2001)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 2.3 × 0.6 cm = 1.7” × 0.9” × 0.2”

Amblygonite. Front
Front
Amblygonite. Rear
Rear
Amblygonite. Top
Top
Magnesite with Quartz and inclusions
Magnesite with Quartz and inclusions. Front
Front
Magnesite with Quartz and inclusions. Top
Top

MA63M9: Very aerial and esthetic group of rhombohedral crystals of Magnesite. They are white, very bright and are with a clear Quartz crystal and another crystal of Quartz very rich in orange inclusions, probably Calcite.
Pomba Pit, Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahia  Brazil (09/2008)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5 × 3 cm = 2.3” × 2.0” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”

Magnesite with Dolomite

TG26G5: The sample has a very interesting association of Magnesite, with dark, beveled crystals, which co-exist with a very aerial group of Dolomite, in white rhombohedral and very sharp crystals.
Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahia  Brazil (2005)

Specimen size: 7 × 5.5 × 5.8 cm = 2.8” × 2.2” × 2.3”

Main crystal size: 5 × 5 cm = 2.0” × 2.0”

Magnesite with Dolomite. Front
Front
Magnesite with Dolomite. Top
Top
Magnesite
Magnesite. Front
Front
Magnesite. Top
Top

TB37J8: Big rhombohedral crystal of very well defined faces and edges on a bed of smaller crystals of the same species. The locality produced some of the best samples of Magnesite and this one honors that tradition.
Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahía  Brazil (2005)

Specimen size: 13 × 11.2 × 8.3 cm = 5.1” × 4.4” × 3.3”

Main crystal size: 7.4 × 4.7 cm = 2.9” × 1.9”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Dolomite with doubly terminated Quartz

TP36J8: Thick tabular crystal tabular formed by dominant pinacoid faces and those of the rhombohedron, giving it a hexagonal shape. The frosted crystal is implanted on a neat and bright, doubly terminated, prism of Quartz.
Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahía  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 2.8 × 2.7 cm = 3.7” × 1.1” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 2.1 cm = 0.8” × 0.8”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Dolomite with doubly terminated Quartz. Front
Front
Dolomite with doubly terminated Quartz. Rear
Rear
Svanbergite with Magnesite and Uvite
Svanbergite with Magnesite and Uvite.
Svanbergite with Magnesite and Uvite. Svanbergite with Magnesite and Uvite.

MR27M9: Rhombohedral yellowish brown, very well defined, crystals of this very rare phosphate. They are very big for the species, have excellent luster and color and are with a small group of Uvite crystals, on a matrix of rhombohedral crystals of Magnesite. The species has been accurately analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Pomba Pit, Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahia  Brazil (09/2008)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 5.6 × 3.8 cm = 2.9” × 2.2” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”

Pyrrhotite with Quartz and Calcite

NV60G8: Pyrrothite forms very sharp lamellar crystals of a marked hexagonal contour, all over white lenticular crystals of Calcite, all covering a group of clear prisms of Quartz.
Morro Velho, Nova Lima, Conselheiro Lafaiete, Minas Gerais  Brazil (±1970)

Specimen size: 5.9 × 4.5 × 3.8 cm = 2.3” × 1.8” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Pyrrhotite with Quartz and Calcite. Pyrrhotite with Quartz and Calcite.
Stokesite
Stokesite.

TQ66G0: Globular growth, practically spherical, a floater, of platy crystals. The development of the crystals and their luster are excellent for this rare calcium and tin silicate.
Corrego do Urucum, Galiléia, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2004)

Specimen size: 2.3 × 2.2 × 2.2 cm = 0.9” × 0.9” × 0.9”

Stokesite with Plumbomicrolite

NM26L1: Double spheroidal growth of well defined crystals of this rare calcium and tin silicate. With small Plumbomicrolite orange crystals.
Corrego do Urucum, Galiléia, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2007)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.2 × 2.3 cm = 1.2” × 0.9” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.4 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”

Stokesite with Plumbomicrolite. Front
Front
Stokesite with Plumbomicrolite. Rear
Rear
Anatase with Quartz
Anatase with Quartz.

MG57J7: The locality is very uncommon for the species and the crystals, that form acute dipyramids, also have an uncommon color. The matrix is a parallel growth of two Quartz crystals with abundant inclusions.
Cuiabá, Gouveia, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2004)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2 × 1.9 cm = 1.4” × 0.8” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.5 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”

Helvine

EA10E6: Very aerial crystals that are spread out nicely across the matrix of Albite. The fact that the latter is white gives a good contrast to the specimen and makes what is a rare, but often not that appealing, mineral into an esthetic specimen.
Navegadora claim (Orozimbo claim), Penha do Norte, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (03/03)

Specimen size: 5 × 4.3 × 1.7 cm = 2.0” × 1.7” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.3” × 0.3”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Helvine.
Helvine with Albite
Helvine with Albite.

EH36H8: Crystals have a tetrahedral habit, they are well defined and form groups esthetically aligned and contrasting on a white matrix of Albite.
Navegadora claim (Orozimbo claim), Penha do Norte, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (05/2004)

Specimen size: 7 × 4.5 × 3 cm = 2.8” × 1.8” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Olivenite with Malachite

MD63L0: Groups of very acute Olivenite crystals, some of them doubly terminated, totally or partially covered by botryoidal Malachite and a color that contrasts with the dark Limonite matrix. The specimen comes from a locality not yet well known.
Núbia, Ibitiara, Bahia  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 6.4 × 5.5 cm = 3.0” × 2.5” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.2 cm = 0.4” × 0.1”

Olivenite with Malachite. Olivenite with Malachite.
Xenotime-(Y) with Quartz
Xenotime-(Y) with Quartz.

MR13K4: A sharp crystal of very sharp faces and edges and good color and luster. On Quartz matrix.
Novo Horizonte, Bahia  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 4 × 2.8 × 2.5 cm = 1.6” × 1.1” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.4 cm = 0.6” × 0.2”

Fluorescent long UV & minor fluorescence short UV

Xenotime-(Y) with Quartz and Rutile inclusions

MC10I8: Prismatic crystal, small but perfectly defined, that has an uncommon degree of transparency. Color and luster are excellent. The crystal is on a partially doubly terminated crystal of Quartz with included needles of Rutile.
Novo Horizonte, Bahia  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.3 × 1.5 cm = 1.7” × 0.9” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.4 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Xenotime-(Y) with Quartz and Rutile inclusions. Xenotime-(Y) with Quartz and Rutile inclusions.
Almeidaite
Almeidaite. Front
Front
Almeidaite. Rear
Rear
Almeidaite. Side
Side
Almeidaite

EM29Y1: A very recently discovered new species that has been approved by the IMA this year. The sample, a flattened crystal with very well defined faces and edges, gray color with brownish shades and a good luster, was personally collected by Luiz Menezes, first author of the article that describes the species.
With the sample we’ll send a signed Luiz Menezes label.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What’s New in the Mineral World?’ section, report #35, August 14, 2013 edition and in the magazine ‘Lapis’ on page 48, volume 40, number 9, September 2015
Novo Horizonte, Bahia  Brazil (04/2013)

Specimen size: 2 × 1.5 × 0.7 cm = 0.8” × 0.6” × 0.3”

Rutile

VP37AB8: Multiple “elbow” Rutile twin. It is bright, has very well defined faces and edges, a fine growth striation and it has a reddish color. The sample is from a not widely reported Brazilian locality but that is well known for its complex Rutile twins.
Pirenópolis, Goiás  Brazil

Specimen size: 6 × 5 × 4,8 cm = 2.4” × 2.0” × 1.6”

Rutile.
Fluorapatite with Bertrandite, Albite, Muscovite and Quartz
Fluorapatite with Bertrandite, Albite, Muscovite and Quartz. Fluorapatite with Bertrandite, Albite, Muscovite and Quartz.
Fluorapatite with Bertrandite, Albite, Muscovite and Quartz. Electron microscope
Electron microscope

EE63R4: Aggregates of small crystals of Fluorapatite, most of them doubly terminated. The crystals are very bright and have a vivid blue color. They are with Quartz, Muscovite and crystals of Albite partially coated by small groups of Bertrandite crystals, visible under a magnifying glass, that are of excellent quality, clear, bright and many of them doubly terminated. We'll send a copy of the Bertrandite analysis to the buyer.
Machadão pegmatite, Pegmatita Golconda, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (05/2010)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.1 × 2.7 cm = 1.7” × 1.2” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.3 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”

Bertrandite fluorescent short UV & low fluorescence long UV
Microlite on Albite

TF99G9: The color and the development of crystals are magnificent, typical for the locality, and also their disposition on the Albite matrix. But we must specially emphasize its size, very much bigger than usual.
Ipê Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais  Brazil (11/2005)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 4 × 2.5 cm = 1.8” × 1.6” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.6 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”

Microlite on Albite.
Microlite on Albite.
Tapiolite-(Fe) with Quartz and Mica
Tapiolite-(Fe) with Quartz and Mica.

TX60H3: A recent find. Crystal has bigger size than usual for this uncommon species and has faces and edges quite sharp and bright and contrasting with the matrix of Quartz and Muscovite.
Quixabá Mine, Frei Martinho, Paraíba  Brazil (2005-2006)

Specimen size: 2.8 × 2.6 × 3.1 cm = 1.1” × 1.0” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Beryl (variety morganite)

MA51J8: Curious group of crystals with dissolution forms that partially mask a large number of very well defined faces. Its color, transparency and, especially the luster are excellent.
Corrego do Urucum, Galiléia, Minas Gerais  Brazil (±2000)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 3.1 × 3.4 cm = 2.0” × 1.2” × 1.3”

Beryl (variety morganite). Front
Front
Beryl (variety morganite). Rear
Rear
Beryl (variety morganite) with Albite (variety cleavelandite)
Beryl (variety morganite) with Albite (variety cleavelandite). Front
Front
Beryl (variety morganite) with Albite (variety cleavelandite). Top
Top

EQ52S1: Thick tabular floater crystal of Beryl (Morganite), with completely transparent areas and of very intense pink color, with small crystals of Elbaite and with Albite (Cleavelandite).
Corrego do Urucum, Galiléia, Minas Gerais  Brazil (±1972)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 5.3 × 3.7 cm = 2.9” × 2.1” × 1.5”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Beryl (variety heliodor) with Albite

TC17G1: Two prismatic crystals with well-defined faces and edges, of very good color, on a small matrix of Albite. On the tips there is very clear zonation of color, going to near colorless. Very esthetic.
Xanda Mine, Virgem da Lapa, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2005)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.3 × 1.2 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 0.8 cm = 1.2” × 0.3”

Beryl (variety heliodor) with Albite.
Beryl (variety heliodor)
Beryl (variety heliodor).

NA27D7: Nice natural golden color in this Brazilian heliodor. Quite transparent as it is not that thick, which is almost certainly the reason for which it was not cut and can be offered as a collector's specimen.
Pau Alto, Coronel Murtra  Brazil (2002)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 1.8 × 0.9 cm = 2.9” × 0.7” × 0.4”

Twinned Chrysoberyl

TC27N9: A twin of two crystals, of a good size for the species, of very intense color and luster. At the bottom, the crystal is thiner and elongated giving its shape a very aerial form.
Tancredo, Santa Teresa, Espírito Santo  Brazil (1990)

Specimen size: 2.7 × 1.5 × 1.2 cm = 1.1” × 0.6” × 0.5”

Twinned Chrysoberyl. Front
Front
Twinned Chrysoberyl. Rear
Rear
Twinned Chrysoberyl (variety alexandrite)
Twinned Chrysoberyl (variety alexandrite). Front - Fluorescent light (day light)
Front - Fluorescent light (day light)
Twinned Chrysoberyl (variety alexandrite). Rear - Fluorescent light (day light)
Rear - Fluorescent light (day light)
Twinned Chrysoberyl (variety alexandrite). Front - Bulb light
Front - Bulb light
Twinned Chrysoberyl (variety alexandrite). Rear - Bulb light
Rear - Bulb light

TH90S1: Complete cyclic twin, tabular and on matrix. The twin, with the typical profile of a six pointed star, is translucent, of deep green color under daylight (fluorescent), acquiring reddish shades when it is under an incandescence light.
Carnaiba Mine, Pindobaçu, Bahia  Brazil (±2000)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.7 × 1.1 cm = 1.3” × 1.1” × 0.4”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2.1 cm = 1.1” × 0.8”

Chrysoberyl (variety alexandrite)

TT96F2: Both the faces and the edges of this crystal are perfectly defined. The change in color between sunlight and bulb light is very typical of this variety of Chrysoberyl.
Carnaiba Mine, Pindobaçu, Bahia  Brazil (2004)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.2 × 1.2 cm = 1.4” × 0.9” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Chrysoberyl (variety alexandrite). Fluorescent light (day light)
Fluorescent light (day light)
Chrysoberyl (variety alexandrite). Bulb light
Bulb light
Phenakite
Phenakite.

EV64V1: Group of crystals, one of them clearly dominant, formed by a very short prism and a very much flattened rhombohedron on the terminations. They are colorless, transparent and bright. From a Brazilian locality that is a classic for the species.
São Miguel de Piracicaba, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 1.9 × 1.4 × 1.1 cm = 0.7” × 0.6” × 0.4”

Doubly terminated Zircon

TC76F6: Doubly-terminated growth on a single axis, in which various forms of the double pyramid dominate. The lack of matrix is compensated for by the great definition and brilliance of this floater.
The specimen's photo has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Rocks & Minerals’ on page 312 in the volume 82, number 4.
Santa Teresinha  Brazil

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.3 × 2 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 0.8”

Extremely fluorescent long & short UV

Doubly terminated Zircon. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Zircon. Rear
Rear
Spessartine with Spodumene (Kunzite), Albite and Lepidolite
Spessartine with Spodumene (Kunzite), Albite and Lepidolite. Spessartine with Spodumene (Kunzite), Albite and Lepidolite.
Spessartine with Spodumene (Kunzite), Albite and Lepidolite

EX46T4: Very bright transparent gemmy trapezohedral crystals of Spessartine. They have a vivid orange color and are on Albite matrix with a small crystal of Spodumene (Kunzite).
The sample is with a Deyrolle (Paris) label that we'll send to the buyer.
Araçuaí, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3 × 2.4 cm = 1.5” × 1.2” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.5 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”

Albite minor fluorescence long & short UV
Albite (variety cleavelandite) with Feldspar

VR47Z4: Parallel aggregates of very sharp Albite (variety cleavelandite) crystals. They are between transparent and translucent and are partially coated by white sharp feldspar (probably Orthoclase) crystals.
Paraná  Brazil (±1973)

Specimen size: 16.5 × 9.5 × 4.6 cm = 6.5” × 3.7” × 1.8”

Former collection of A. Mayor

Minor fluorescence short UV

Albite (variety cleavelandite) with Feldspar. Albite (variety cleavelandite) with Feldspar.
Gold with Quartz
Gold with Quartz.

TC60AB5: Mossy and dendritic growths on a Quartz matrix. The sample was found at the beginning of the twenties of the last century in a rural area, at this time, on the São Paulo periphery, an area that was afterwards absorbed and built up with the quick growth of the city. It is obviously a rarity, very difficult to obtain today.
Morro Doce area, Jaraguá, Perus, São Paulo, São Paulo State  Brazil (±1920)

Specimen size: 0.7 × 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.3” × 0.2” × 0.1”

Weight: 0.22 grams
Gold with Quartz

TD10AB5: Mossy and dendritic growths on a Quartz matrix. The sample was found at the beginning of the twenties of the last century in a rural area, at this time, on the São Paulo periphery, an area that was afterwards absorbed and built up with the quick growth of the city. It is obviously a rarity, very difficult to obtain today.
Morro Doce area, Jaraguá, Perus, São Paulo, São Paulo State  Brazil (±1920)

Specimen size: 0.6 × 0.4 × 0.4 cm = 0.2” × 0.2” × 0.2”

Weight: 0.20 grams
Gold with Quartz.
Gold with Quartz
Gold with Quartz.

TA59AB5: Mossy and dendritic growths on a Quartz matrix. The sample was found at the beginning of the twenties of the last century in a rural area, at this time, on the São Paulo periphery, an area that was afterwards absorbed and built up with the quick growth of the city. It is obviously a rarity, very difficult to obtain today.
Morro Doce area, Jaraguá, Perus, São Paulo, São Paulo State  Brazil (±1920)

Specimen size: 0.8 × 0.4 × 0.2 cm = 0.3” × 0.2” × 0.1”

Weight: 0.18 grams
Gold with Quartz

TC56X5: Mossy and dendritic growths on Quartz matrix. The sample was found, at the beginning of the twenties of the last century, on a rural area, at this time, on the São Paulo periphery, area that was afterwards absorbed and built up when the quick growing of the city. It is obviously a rarity, very difficult to obtain today.
Morro Doce area, Jaraguá, Perus, São Paulo, São Paulo State  Brazil (±1920)

Specimen size: 1 × 0.5 × 0.6 cm = 0.4” × 0.2” × 0.2”

Weight: 0.6 grams
Gold with Quartz.
Gold
Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear

TB76AB3: Slightly rounded pebble, very rich in cavities and relief, with diffuse parallel aggregates and feebly defined, but present, crystalline forms.
Small creek at right of the Braço Norte river, Novo Mundo, Amazonas, Mato Grosso  Brazil (2014)

Specimen size: 1 × 0.7 × 0.3 cm = 0.4” × 0.3” × 0.1”

Weight: 1 gram
Gold with Quartz

TD90AB3: Slightly rounded pebble, very rich in cavities and relief, with diffuse parallel aggregates and feebly defined, but present, crystalline forms and included Quartz fragments.
Peixoto de Azevedo River, Terra Nova do Norte, Amazonas, Mato Grosso  Brazil

Specimen size: 1.9 × 1.1 × 0.8 cm = 0.7” × 0.4” × 0.3”

Weight: 4.5 grams
Gold with Quartz. Front
Front
Gold with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Gold
Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear

TF7AD3: A novelty at Tucson 2016. Floater and very aerial aggregate of flattened cubic crystals that have very well defined skeletal growths. According to our sources the site is not supplying new specimens for collectors so new finds are not expected. We analyzed these Golds and they are really special. They contains a 99.1% Gold and about a 0.5 % Rhodium, which is quite uncommon. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. We analyzed these Golds and they are really special. They contains a 99.1% Gold and about a 0.5 % Rhodium, which is quite uncommon. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
If you want to know more about these Golds you can use this link
Serra do Caldeirão claims, Pontes e Lacerda, Alto Guaporé District, Mato Grosso  Brazil (2015)

Specimen size: 1.4 × 0.7 × 0.5 cm = 0.6” × 0.3” × 0.2”

Weight: 1.3 grams
Gold

TE12AD3: A novelty at Tucson 2016. Floater and very aerial aggregate of flattened crystals that have very well defined skeletal growths. According to our sources the site is not supplying new specimens for collectors so new finds are not expected. We analyzed these Golds and they are really special. They contains a 99.1% Gold and about a 0.5 % Rhodium, which is quite uncommon. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
If you want to know more about these Golds you can use this link
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What's New’ section, number 43, May 8, 2016 edition.
Serra do Caldeirão claims, Pontes e Lacerda, Alto Guaporé District, Mato Grosso  Brazil (2015)

Specimen size: 1.9 × 1.1 × 0.6 cm = 0.7” × 0.4” × 0.2”

Weight: 1.7 grams
Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
Gold
Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear

EB47AD6: A novelty at Tucson 2016. Floater and very aerial aggregate of flattened crystals that have very well defined skeletal growths. According to our sources the site is not supplying new specimens for collectors so new finds are not expected. We analyzed these Golds and they are really special. They contains a 99.1% Gold and about a 0.5 % Rhodium, which is quite uncommon. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
If you want to know more about these Golds you can use this link
Serra do Caldeirão claims, Pontes e Lacerda, Alto Guaporé District, Mato Grosso  Brazil (9-12/2015)

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2.5 × 1.3 cm = 1.1” × 1.0” × 0.5”

Weight: 9.7 grams
Diamond

TA27AC5: Floater 0.48 carat complete Diamond crystal. It is octahedral, transparent, bright and slightly yellow.
Areinha claim, Jequitinhonha river, Diamantina, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 0.4 × 0.3 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1” × 0.1”

0,48 carats
Diamond.
Diamond
Diamond.

TB97AC5: Floater 0.53 carat complete Diamond crystal. It has the predominant dodecahedron form and it is transparent, bright and slightly yellow.
Areinha claim, Jequitinhonha river, Diamantina, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 0.4 × 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.2” × 0.1”

0,53 carats
Correianevesite with Huréaulite

EC36H9: The sample is from a recent find of this rare manganese phosphate. Its crystals are very well defined, have an excellent color and luster and are very big for the species. They are with pink crystals of Huréaulite. This is a magnificent opportunity to obtain the two species but we especially note the Correianevesite, really of an exceptional quality.
We will deliver to the buyer a copy of the analysis.
The specimen has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Lapis’ on page 43, volume 39, number 3, March 2014 and in the magazine ‘Mineralien Welt’ page 81 of number 4/2014
Cigana Mine (Jocão Mine), Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (04-05/2006)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 4.3 × 4.4 cm = 1.7” × 1.7” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.3 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”

Type locality

Correianevesite with Huréaulite. Correianevesite with Huréaulite.
Huréaulite with Rockbridgeite and Correianevesite
Huréaulite with Rockbridgeite and Correianevesite. Huréaulite with Rockbridgeite and Correianevesite.

MG16P4: A very rich group of small crystals of Huréaulite, well defined and of excellent color, very deep, and lustrous, partially coated by dark small crystals of Correianevesite and on a matrix very rich in Rockbridgeite. A recent study of the crystals from the Cigana Mine that in 2006 were identified as Reddingite has shown the discovery of the rare species Correianevesite. So, the old Reddingite from Cigana must be renamed as Correianevesite, being Cigana Mine, at Galiléia, the type locality. We’ll send a copy of the analysis of the original “Reddingite” to the buyer.
Cigana Mine (Jocão Mine), Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (08-09/2006)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 3.9 × 4.2 cm = 2.3” × 1.5” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”

Type locality

Correianevesite with Huréaulite

EF26J1: The specimen is form the recent find in 2006. The crystals, grouped as fans, are very well defined, have an excellent color and are very bright. They are with very deep pink crystals of Huréaulite. As we usually do with species, or we rare samples, we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Cigana Mine (Jocão Mine), Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (04-05/2006)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 4 × 2.8 cm = 2.9” × 1.6” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Correianevesite with Huréaulite. Correianevesite with Huréaulite.
Correianevesite with Huréaulite, Strengite and Triphylite
Correianevesite with Huréaulite, Strengite and Triphylite. Correianevesite with Huréaulite, Strengite and Triphylite.

MZ26L2: Excellent specimen of this uncommon manganese phosphate. Correianevesite crystals are well defined, with good color, brilliance and size for the species. The matrix consisists of delicate rosettes of prismatic Huréaulite crystals, very sharp and with good brilliance, with pinkish tones. On the base there is a growth of crystalline and deep blue Strengite with small Triphylite crystals. As we usually do with rare species, we will send a copy of the analysis of the Correianevesite and Triphylite to the buyer.
Cigana Mine (Jocão Mine), Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (08-09/2006)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 5.3 × 7.4 cm = 3.0” × 2.1” × 2.9”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.2 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Type locality

Correianevesite with Huréaulite and Rockbridgeite

EX49Y3: Very well defined Correianevesite crystals on matrix with a considerable size and quality in some areas on the sample, with a dark brown color, and with groups of pink Huréaulite crystals and dark green, almost black, botryoidal growths of Rockbridgeite. A recent study of the crystals from the Cigana Mine that in 2006 were identified as Reddingite has shown the discovery of this new and rare species. So, the old Reddingite from Cigana must be renamed as Correianevesite, being Cigana Mine, at Galiléia, the type locality. We’ll send a copy of the analysis of the original “Reddingite” to the buyer.
Cigana Mine (Jocão Mine), Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (04-05/2006)

Specimen size: 9.1 × 7 × 6.7 cm = 3.6” × 2.8” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”

Type locality

Correianevesite with Huréaulite and Rockbridgeite. Front
Front
Correianevesite with Huréaulite and Rockbridgeite. Side
Side
Correianevesite with Huréaulite and Rockbridgeite. Rear
Rear
Correianevesite with Huréaulite and Rockbridgeite.

Huréaulite

Huréaulite with Rockbridgeite
Huréaulite with Rockbridgeite.

MK26I8: Nice miniature, very aerial and esthetic, that forms a group of short prismatic crystals of excellent color, bright and partially covered by small black crystals of Rockbridgeite.
Cigana Mine (Jocão Mine), Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (08-09/2006)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.4 × 2.7 cm = 1.2” × 0.9” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Huréaulite with Correianevesite and Rockbridgeite

MM6I5: Very well defined bright crystals, between translucent and transparent and having an exceptional color. The base is Correianevesite, also crystallized and in some zones of the specimen there are small black crystals of Rockbridgeite. A recent study of the crystals from the Cigana Mine that in 2006 were identified as Reddingite has shown the discovery of the rare species Correianevesite. So, the old Reddingite from Cigana must be renamed as Correianevesite, being Cigana Mine, at Galiléia, the type locality. We’ll send a copy of the analysis of the original “Reddingite” to the buyer.
Cigana Mine (Jocão Mine), Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (08-09/2006)

Specimen size: 5.9 × 4.4 × 2.7 cm = 2.3” × 1.7” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.4 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Type locality

Huréaulite with Correianevesite and Rockbridgeite. Front
Front
Huréaulite with Correianevesite and Rockbridgeite. Rear
Rear
Huréaulite with Strengite
Huréaulite with Strengite. Huréaulite with Strengite.

MB16K9: Very well defined aerial Huréaulite crystals. Acute terminations and excellent brilliance and deep pink color. On the base there is a growth of crystaline Strengite. As we usually do with rare species, we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Cigana Mine (Jocão Mine), Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (08-09/2006)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4.4 × 2.3 cm = 2.6” × 1.7” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.2 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Huréaulite with Correianevesite, Rockbridgeite and Strengite

MY50I8: The specimen is high quality. It has short prismatic crystals, very sharp and of excellent color. They are bright and partially covered by small black crystals of Rockbridgeite and brownish crystals of Correianevesite. The matrix is Strengite's rich. A recent study of the crystals from the Cigana Mine that in 2006 were identified as Reddingite has shown the discovery of the rare species Correianevesite. So, the old Reddingite from Cigana must be renamed as Correianevesite, being Cigana Mine, at Galiléia, the type locality. We’ll send a copy of the analysis of the original “Reddingite” to the buyer.
Cigana Mine (Jocão Mine), Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (08-09/2006)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 5.5 × 4 cm = 3.3” × 2.2” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Type locality

Huréaulite with Correianevesite, Rockbridgeite and Strengite. Huréaulite with Correianevesite, Rockbridgeite and Strengite.
Huréaulite with Rockbridgeite and Strengite
Huréaulite with Rockbridgeite and Strengite. Huréaulite with Rockbridgeite and Strengite.

MB37L7: Group of small but well defined Huréaulite crystals. Excellent color and brilliance, with some small black green globular slag-like Rockbridgeite growths. On a blue Strengite-rich matrix.
Cigana Mine (Jocão Mine), Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (08-09/2006)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 5.4 × 5.2 cm = 3.7” × 2.1” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.1” × 0.0”


Childrenite with Roscherite

Childrenite with Quartz

TL26K9: Prismatic crystals with well defined faces and edges, with perfect terminations, on a group of Quartz crystals.
Lavra Poço Dantas, Piauí Valley, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (09/2006)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 2.5 × 2.4 cm = 1.9” × 1.0” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.4 cm = 0.5” × 0.2”

With a copy of its analysis.

Childrenite with Quartz.
Childrenite with Roscherite
Childrenite with Roscherite. Front
Front
Childrenite with Roscherite. Side
Side
Childrenite with Roscherite.

EP36I1: The crystals are prismatic, thin, transparent and bright. Some of them are doubly terminated. Due to their color and luster they have a strong contrast with the crystalline Quartz matrix. The analysis confirms it is Childrenite. Roscherite, also analyzed, is present as very small crystals covering the Childrenite.
Lavra Poço Dantas, Piauí Valley, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (09/2006)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 2.3 × 2.5 cm = 2.1” × 0.9” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.2 cm = 0.3” × 0.1”

Childrenite with Roscherite

EX96I1: The crystals are prismatic, thin, transparent and bright. Some of them are doubly terminated. Due to theirt is color and luster they have a strong contrast with the matrix of Quartz, Albite and Muscovite. The analysis confirms it is Childrenite. Roscherite, also analyzed, is present as very small crystals covering the Childrenite.
Lavra Poço Dantas, Piauí Valley, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (09/2006)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 4.9 × 2.8 cm = 2.1” × 1.9” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.5” × 0.1”

Childrenite with Roscherite. Childrenite with Roscherite.
Childrenite with Roscherite and Orthoclase
Childrenite with Roscherite and Orthoclase. Childrenite with Roscherite and Orthoclase.

MG63T6: Aggregate of very elongated crystals of Childrenite with very sharp faces and edges, partially coated by Roscherite, in an Orthoclase matrix. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Lavra Poço Dantas, Piauí Valley, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (09/2006)

Specimen size: 6 × 4.8 × 2.6 cm = 2.4” × 1.9” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 0.4 cm = 0.7” × 0.2”

Childrenite with Roscherite, Quartz and Albite

MD11T6: Aggregate of very elongated crystals of Childrenite with very sharp faces and edges, partially coated by Roscherite. In a Quartz matrix with Albite. We’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Lavra Poço Dantas, Piauí Valley, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (09/2006)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 4.8 × 3.1 cm = 2.4” × 1.9” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.1”

Childrenite with Roscherite, Quartz and Albite. Childrenite with Roscherite, Quartz and Albite.

Ruifrancoite

It is a new species discovered and accepted by the IMA in the year 2005. It forms different growths, the most usual practically spherical forms, but also donut and empty hemispherical forms. This rare phosphate can be easily confused with another similar, also rare, species. So, we analyzed our samples and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer. The analytical process also confirmed that in some specimens the matrix is Beryllonite that, furthermore, appears as idiomorphic crystals which adds special interest to the specimen where it is present.

Ruifrancoite with Childrenite and Quartz
Ruifrancoite with Childrenite and Quartz.

TA11J1: Donut-shaped isolated growths, green colored, on Quartz crystals and prisms of brown Childrenite.
Lavra Poço Dantas, Piauí Valley, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 2.7 × 2.6 cm = 1.9” × 1.1” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”

Ruifrancoite with Beryllonite and Childrenite

TE11J8: Small groups of yellow crystals that cover and are with brown prismatic crystals of Childrenite, on a matrix of Feldspar and with well-defined crystals of Beryllonite.
Lavra Poço Dantas, Piauí Valley, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 5 × 4.3 × 3.4 cm = 2.0” × 1.7” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.0” × 0.0”

Ruifrancoite with Beryllonite and Childrenite. Ruifrancoite with Beryllonite and Childrenite.
Ruifrancoite on Beryllonite and with Childrenite
Ruifrancoite on Beryllonite and with Childrenite. Front
Front
Ruifrancoite on Beryllonite and with Childrenite. Side
Side

TE14J1: Spherical green growths on a white, well-developed, crystal of Beryllonite, and with brown prisms of Childrenite.
Lavra Poço Dantas, Piauí Valley, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 4.3 × 2.8 cm = 2.0” × 1.7” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.0” × 0.0”


Red Variscite

The color of these Variscites is extraordinary, deep red, and especially unusual for the species, placing them among the best known.
Analysis indicate these Variscites are slightly ferroan (which is normal considering that Al and Fe form a series). We think, however, its color is not due to iron because the center of crystals is almost uncolored but the external zone is deeply colored yet both zones have the same chemical composition. Considering all this we think the red color may be due to color centers as is the case of some zoned Fluorites.
As we normally do in these cases we will send the buyer a copy of the analysis.

Variscite

EK6H6: Crystals and spheroidal groups have very intense color and luster. They occupy the vugs on the sample and contrast with the matrix, clearer in some zones and darker in others.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineralogical Record’ on page 481 in the volume 37, number 5.
Lavra Boa Vista, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 2.1 × 1.5 × 1.8 cm = 0.8” × 0.6” × 0.7”

Variscite. Front
Front
Variscite. Rear
Rear
Variscite
Variscite. Front
Front
Variscite. Rear
Rear

EG12H6: Crystals and spheroidal groups have very intense color and luster. They occupy the vugs on the sample and contrast with the matrix, clearer in some zones and darker in others.
Lavra Boa Vista, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.3 × 1.7 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 0.7”

Variscite with Strengite

EF11H6: Microcrystals with very intense color and luster. They occupy the vugs and fissures on the sample, co-existing with purplish Strengite and contrasting with the matrix, clearer in some zones and darker in others.
Lavra Boa Vista, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3.4 × 3 cm = 2.2” × 1.3” × 1.2”

Variscite with Strengite. Variscite with Strengite.
Variscite on Albite
Variscite on Albite.
Variscite on Albite. Variscite on Albite.

TY68H6: Huge specimen with distinct Variscite crystals as well as spheroidal groups with very intense color and luster. They occupy vugs on the sample and contrast with the matrix, clearer in some zones and darker in others. The color of the spherules is less intense than in the other samples but they are bigger and strongly contrast with the cream-colored Albite matrix.
Lavra Boa Vista, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 12 × 11.8 × 9 cm = 4.7” × 4.6” × 3.5”

Strengite

TR9H6: The sample is very rich with purlish Strengite concretions that occupy nearly all the specimen volume. Locally there are some small rows of Variscite crystals.
We’ll give a copy of the Strengite analysis to the buyer.
Lavra Boa Vista, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 6.6 × 3.4 × 3.8 cm = 2.6” × 1.3” × 1.5”

Strengite.

Quartz

Quartz (variety smoky) with inclusions and Chlorite
Quartz (variety smoky) with inclusions and Chlorite. Front
Front
Quartz (variety smoky) with inclusions and Chlorite. Side
Side

TM87L0: An interesting novelty of Tucson 2008 due to the quality and locality. Group of smoky Quartz crystals, some of them doubly terminated, with well defined faces and edges. Crystals are quite transparent with several inclusions, among others Chlorite.
Diamantina, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (11/2007)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 5.6 × 3.5 cm = 2.2” × 2.2” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 4.1 × 2.2 cm = 1.6” × 0.9”

Quartz (variety smoky) with inclusions and Chlorite

TT98L0: An interesting novelty of Tucson 2008 due to the quality and locality. Group of smoky Quartz crystals, one of them clearly dominant and doubly terminated, with well defined faces and edges. Crystals are transparent with several inclusions, among others Chlorite.
Diamantina, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (11/2007)

Specimen size: 9.7 × 6.8 × 5.6 cm = 3.8” × 2.7” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 7.7 × 3.3 cm = 3.0” × 1.3”

Quartz (variety smoky) with inclusions and Chlorite. Front
Front
Quartz (variety smoky) with inclusions and Chlorite. Side
Side
Quartz (variety smoky) with inclusions and Chlorite
Quartz (variety smoky) with inclusions and Chlorite.

TM70P9: Doubly terminates crystal of excellent transparency, luster and color and with abundant and esthetic inclusions. We must note slight damage on one of the terminal faces but we are sure it does not detract from the quality of this excellent sample.
Diamantina, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (11/2007)

Specimen size: 15.2 × 4.2 × 3.7 cm = 6.0” × 1.7” × 1.5”

Quartz (variety rose) with Quartz

TR66J0: Beautiful miniature. A crown of well defined crystals of very deep color caps the matrix, a prismatic crystal of Quartz.
The specimen is from the Dick Nelson collection and it is with two labels, the original collection and another from the Mineral Cabinet of MaD Minerals.
Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 3.7 × 2.7 × 1.7 cm = 1.5” × 1.1” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Former collection Dick Nelson
Quartz (variety rose) with Quartz.
Quartz (variety rose)
Quartz (variety rose).
Quartz (variety rose)

DR67P4: Divergent group of crystals better defined and more elongated than usual in this kind of sample. Color and luster are, furthermore, excellent.
The piece is with a label from the former collection: Kern Material, that we’ll send to the buyer.
Alto da Pitorra, Laranjeiras, Galiléia, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.4 × 2.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.3” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.6 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”

Quartz (variety rose)

MB96L3: Druse of Quartz crystals with exceptionally sharp faces and edges, without the curvatures or deformation that we usually see in these specimens. Very intense color as well.
Alto da Pitorra, Laranjeiras, Galiléia, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (11/2007)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.5 × 3.3 cm = 2.0” × 1.4” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.6 cm = 0.5” × 0.2”

Quartz (variety rose).
Quartz (variety rose)
Quartz (variety rose). Quartz (variety rose).

TQ96P5: A group of crystals with a considerable size for this variety. The crystals, that are very well defined, have zones of deep color, alternating with areas of clearer pink.
Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (04-05/2008)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 4.2 × 3.8 cm = 3.1” × 1.7” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.5 cm = 0.5” × 0.2”

Quartz (variety rose) on Quartz and Mica

TL70H7: The crystals of pink Quartz, well defined, of intense color, bright and some perfectly transparent, form an elegant crown contrasting on a matrix of yellowish-white Quartz.
Lavra da Ilha, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 9.6 × 8 × 7.5 cm = 3.8” × 3.1” × 3.0”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.4 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”

Quartz (variety rose) on Quartz and Mica.
Quartz (variety rose) on Quartz and Mica. Quartz (variety rose) on Quartz and Mica.
Quartz (variety rose) with Quartz and Eosphorite
Quartz (variety rose) with Quartz and Eosphorite. Quartz (variety rose) with Quartz and Eosphorite.

TA73J0: Group of crystals of quite well defined faces and edges and very deep color on a base of uncolored crystals. On the pink Quartz there are small prismatic and doubly terminated crystals of Eosphorite.
Teixerinha Mine, Itinga, Minas Gerais,   Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 11.6 × 7.8 × 3 cm = 4.6” × 3.1” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.8 cm = 0.5” × 0.3”

Eosphorite on Quartz (variety rose)

TY27H3: A dense growth of prismatic crystals forming fan groups. Color is very intense. The base is a group of pink crystals of Quartz.
Lavra da Ilha, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 4.1 × 2.6 × 1.3 cm = 1.6” × 1.0” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.1 cm = 0.1” × 0.0”

Eosphorite on Quartz (variety rose).
Eosphorite with Quartz, Quartz (variety rose) and Muscovite
Eosphorite with Quartz, Quartz (variety rose) and Muscovite.
Eosphorite with Quartz, Quartz (variety rose) and Muscovite. Eosphorite with Quartz, Quartz (variety rose) and Muscovite.

MH54R8: A real Brazilian "old timer" (collected in the year 1975), the piece is notable for its aerial growth. On a leafy aggregate of very well defined crystals of Muscovite and flattened white crystals of Quartz, there is a group of pink crystals of Quartz of intense color and luster, all this partially coated by small crystals of Eosphorite, most of them doubly terminated, transparent, bright and with a deep color.
Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (±1975)

Specimen size: 12.7 × 11 × 7.5 cm = 5.0” × 4.3” × 3.0”

Quartz (variety amethyst) scepter

TE66G3: The locality is especially interesting and also the specimen. It forms a clear, sharp scepter with inner zones of different intensity of color and attractive inclusions.
Santa Maria do Jetiba, Espirito Santo  Brazil (12/2004)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.5 × 3.2 cm = 1.8” × 1.4” × 1.3”

Quartz (variety  amethyst) scepter.

Beryl

Beryl (variety aquamarine)
Beryl (variety aquamarine). Front
Front
Beryl (variety aquamarine). Rear
Rear

TX76Q1: Parallel growth of intense green color and extraordinarily rich in terminal faces consisting of three pyramids and the pinacoid.
Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2004)

Specimen size: 3 × 1.6 × 1.6 cm = 1.2” × 0.6” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.2 cm = 0.9” × 0.5”

Beryl (variety aquamarine)

EC99K6: Group of Aquamarine crystals of good color with an unusual morphology; clear curvatures of the prism faces, and terminated by a small pyramid. On Albite matrix with Muscovite.
Mimoso do Sul, Espirito Santo  Brazil (±1990)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4.1 × 3.9 cm = 1.9” × 1.6” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 1.1 cm = 1.3” × 0.4”

Beryl (variety aquamarine). Front
Front
Beryl (variety aquamarine). Top
Top
Beryl (variety aquamarine)
Beryl (variety aquamarine).

TG16C5: Floater, complete in all sides, different with its etched faces but nevertheless with a good form. An old classic.
Jaqueto, Bahía  Brazil

Specimen size: 9.5 × 2.5 × 2 cm = 3.7” × 1.0” × 0.8”

Doubly terminated Beryl (variety aquamarine)

EE66L7: Doubly terminated Aquamarine crystal showing two different terminations. One of them with very curious rounded dissolution forms and the opposite has pyramid terminations. The prism faces are very rich in growth pits. Excellent transparency, good color and brilliance make this specimen a very interesting one.
Pica Pau deposit, Marambainha, Caraí, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2007)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 2.0” × 0.3” × 0.2”

Doubly terminated Beryl (variety aquamarine). Front
Front
Doubly terminated Beryl (variety aquamarine). Rear
Rear
Doubly terminated Beryl (variety aquamarine). Top
Top
Doubly terminated Beryl (variety aquamarine)
Doubly terminated Beryl (variety aquamarine). Front
Front
Doubly terminated Beryl (variety aquamarine). Rear
Rear
Doubly terminated Beryl (variety aquamarine). Top
Top
Doubly terminated Beryl (variety aquamarine). Bottom
Bottom

MF97L7: Excellent specimen, both its size and the excellent state of preservation. Doubly terminated crystal with very different terminations. One of them is very acute with multiple pyramid faces showing curious dissolution curved forms; the opposite is flat deliniated by small pyramid faces crossed by pinacoid planes. Excellent transparency, good color and brilliance make this specimen a very exceptional one.
Pica Pau deposit, Marambainha, Caraí, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2007)

Specimen size: 15.3 × 1.3 × 1.1 cm = 6.0” × 0.5” × 0.4”

Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite

MA10J0: A parallel growth of two prismatic crystals with quite acute and very well defined pyramidal terminations. Color, luster and transparency are excellent. A small bit of Albite matrix appears at the base.
We especially like this specimen.
Catuji, Teofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais  Brazil (±2005)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 2.4 × 2.1 cm = 2.1” × 0.9” × 0.8”

Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite. Front
Front
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite. Top
Top
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Muscovite and Quartz
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Muscovite and Quartz. Front
Front
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Muscovite and Quartz. Top
Top

VR28Y9: Crystal with very well defined faces and edges and a very deep hollow termination. The color is quite deep blue, with a very well defined color zoning at the top and Muscovite inclusions on the prism faces.
Minas Gerais,   Brazil (±1975)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 2.6 × 2.6 cm = 1.6” × 1.0” × 1.0”

Former collection of A. Mayor

Beryl (variety aquamarine)

VE72Y4: A floater and doubly terminated crystal. It is transparent and has a uniform blue color. Both terminations of the crystal are very different, one of them showing an excellent growth of pyramidal faces and a small pinacoidal surface and the opposite is flat, completely pinacoidal and with fine polycrystalline growths.
Minas Gerais,   Brazil (±1975)

Specimen size: 5.1 × 2 × 1.6 cm = 2.0” × 0.8” × 0.6”

Former collection of A. Mayor

Beryl (variety aquamarine). Front
Front
Beryl (variety aquamarine). Bottom
Bottom

Hydroxylapatite

Hydroxylapatite with Orthoclase
Hydroxylapatite with Orthoclase.

TH46H4: This Apatite has finally been correctly identified as the species Hydroxylapatite, very less common than Fluorapatite. Crystals, on a matrix of Orthoclase, are flat hexagonal dipyramids with almost no prism faces, a habit that is not often seen with Apatite. Faces of a short prism can be seen on this crystal, a rarity with this material. The Hydroxylapatite is also attractively color zoned.
This specimen's photo has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Mineralogical Record’ on page 286 in the volume 40, number 4.
Sapo Mine, Ferruginha, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.4 × 2.8 cm = 1.4” × 0.9” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.2 cm = 0.7” × 0.5”

Zoned fluorescence long & short UV

Hydroxylapatite with Quartz and Orthoclase

TX26H7: Very aerial group of dipyramidal crystals of very well defined faces and edges, of deep green color, on a matrix of Quartz.
Sapo Mine, Ferruginha, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2005)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.2 × 1.8 cm = 1.5” × 1.3” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.1 cm = 1.0” × 0.8”

Zoned fluorescence long & short UV

Hydroxylapatite with Quartz and Orthoclase.
Hydroxylapatite with Orthoclase
Hydroxylapatite with Orthoclase.

TE63H4: This Apatite has finally been correctly identified as the species Hydroxylapatite, very less common than Fluorapatite. Crystals, on a matrix of Orthoclase, are flat hexagonal dipyramids with no prism faces, a habit that is not often seen with Apatite.
This specimen's photo has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Mineralogical Record’ on page 287 in the volume 40, number 4.
Sapo Mine, Ferruginha, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2006)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.9 × 1.7 cm = 1.6” × 1.5” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.4 cm = 1.0” × 0.6”

Zoned fluorescence long & short UV

Hydroxylapatite with Orthoclase

TB96J3: The specimen is very esthetic. It has a unique crystal of a considerable size implanted on the Orthoclase matrix. The crystal, dipyramidal, has deep green color, especially intense and very much uniform as usual on this material.
Sapo Mine, Ferruginha, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2004)

Specimen size: 11.3 × 4.5 × 5.6 cm = 4.4” × 1.8” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 1.8 cm = 1.4” × 0.7”

Zoned fluorescence long & short UV

Hydroxylapatite with Orthoclase. Hydroxylapatite with Orthoclase.

Scepters of bi-colored Elbaite

In 1994 at the Barra do Salinas Mine they found some Elbaite with interesting features. Thin crystals that started life red and then in their second phase of growth were a very gemmy green. The second phase was also thicker, giving riser to the form that is known as a scepter.
We were able to obtain a lot of these Elbaites that were kept back by a private collector and taken to Tucson, where they were then available for purchase. As you can see the quality is very high and they are certainly beautiful.

Sceptered Elbaite
Sceptered Elbaite.

TN66F5: In the form of a scepter with a pleasant mix of color, so this is an Elbaite with class. The color is gentle and also intense, especially given the luminous green, which is difficult to describe. A classic beauty.
Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (1994)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 0.8 × 0.6 cm = 1.4” × 0.3” × 0.2”

Sceptered Elbaite

TJ47D8: This one takes the first prize in originality. Not only is the main crystal gemmy, in its upper region there is another scepter crystal that crosses the first. All of them are doubly terminated, undamaged and floaters. The best of this unique find.
Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (1994)

Specimen size: 4 × 1.9 × 1.3 cm = 1.6” × 0.7” × 0.5”

Sceptered Elbaite. Sceptered Elbaite.
Elbaite
Elbaite. Front
Front
Elbaite. Rear
Rear

TB67N9: A bicolor crystal, typical of the locality, with excellent definition of its faces and a perfect, very sharp termination very rich in faces on the upper end, and more fibrous on the lower.
Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2002-2003)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 1.3 × 1.2 cm = 2.1” × 0.5” × 0.5”


Tricolor Elbaite (Tourmaline)

A special find of unusual tricolored Elbaites (Tourmalines) from Brazil. As you can see in the photos the color varies between red-yellow-green. The crystals are totally gemmy, and all of them are very nice. The crystals are not complete at the bottom but their tips are perfect.

Tricolor Elbaite

TW47M5: The crystal is formed by the six faces of the hexagonal prism and a very acute terminal pyramid. The color shows gradual changes, from the yellow at the base to reddish on the termination, passing through slight orange in the central zone.
Baixao Mine, Taquaral, Itinga, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2001)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 1.5” × 0.4” × 0.3”

Tricolor Elbaite.
Tricolor Elbaite
Tricolor Elbaite.

TU9B6: As you can see in the photo the color varies between red-yellow-green. The dominant color is a greenish yellow color and the crystal is totally gemmy. The crystal is not complete at the bottom but its tip is perfect.
Baixao Mine, Taquaral, Itinga, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2001)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 1.4” × 0.3” × 0.2”

Tricolor Elbaite

TNY6: As you can see in the photo the color varies between red-yellow-green. The dominant color is a greenish yellow color and the crystal is totally gemmy. The crystal is not complete at the bottom but its tip is perfect.
Baixao Mine, Taquaral, Itinga, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2001)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 1 × 1 cm = 2.2” × 0.4” × 0.4”

Tricolor Elbaite.

Rutile and Hematite

The main talking point during the Ste. Marie 2004 show was the new Hematite with Rutile from Novo Horizonte, as it was the first time that they had been seen at a European show and they were a great success. They are spectacular, some of them were on matrix, and the Rutile crystals were thicker, stronger and better terminated than in previous finds means that this find will be talked about for years to come.

We always keep a look out for new material that appears in the mineral world, so this time we were able to carefully select some examples. We looked for ones that that were perfect had had strong Rutile crystals, thus avoiding later problems during shipping.

Rutile and Hematite
Rutile and Hematite. Front
Front
Rutile and Hematite. Rear
Rear

EJ26F4: The crystals of Rutile, which are brilliant yellow and have golden reflections, have grown epitaxially on tabular Hematite. The terminations of the Rutile have very well defined faces, which is not so common with this type of specimen.
The specimen's photo has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Rocks & Minerals’ on page 174 in the volume 85, number 2.
Caí bom Mine, Novo Horizonte, Bahia  Brazil (02/2004)

Specimen size: 2.8 × 2.4 × 0.2 cm = 1.1” × 0.9” × 0.1”

Rutile and Hematite

EB46E2: Thick, very brilliant, and perfect crystals of Hematite that formed as a floater and that has a re-crystallized base. The Rutile is growing in the typical orientation on its faces. A really luminous specimen.
Caí bom Mine, Novo Horizonte, Bahia  Brazil (02/04)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 2.4 × 0.5 cm = 1.5” × 0.9” × 0.2”

Rutile and Hematite. Front
Front
Rutile and Hematite. Rear
Rear
Rutile and Hematite
Rutile and Hematite. Front
Front
Rutile and Hematite. Side
Side
Rutile and Hematite. Side
Side

ED86F1: Two crystals of Hematite, as well as some other smaller ones, that form the base for the growth of fine epitaxial prisms of Rutile, which are perfect defined and terminated and have the 60º angles between them that are dictated by the Hematite.
Caí bom Mine, Novo Horizonte, Bahia  Brazil (02/2004)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.5 × 3 cm = 1.6” × 1.4” × 1.2”

Quartz with Rutile and Hematite

MF47L1: Very sharp Quartz crystal group, with acicular Rutile crystal inclusions. Rutile crystals are epitaxic on laminar Hematite, some of them included in the Quartz, some not. Very esthetic specimen.
Caí bom Mine, Novo Horizonte, Bahia  Brazil (07/2005)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.5 × 3.9 cm = 1.9” × 1.8” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 2 cm = 1.5” × 0.8”

Quartz with Rutile and Hematite. Front
Front
Quartz with Rutile and Hematite. Rear
Rear

Anatase and Rutile epitaxial

One of the main novelties during the Ste. Marie-aux-mines Show 2003 was the new find of huge Anatase crystals groups which are epitaxial with their polymorph Rutile. To our knowledge these new crystals have never been found before in this shape and size. It is not only something very aesthetic and totally different from other forms of Anatase but, considering its size, beauty, perfection and also that the crystals are doubly terminated and floaters, it could be considered to be one of the best finds for this species. Enjoy them!

Anatase and Rutile epitaxial
Anatase and Rutile epitaxial.

EA10C9: Although the camera don't show it very well, the color is very nice, sort of a golden bronze, and its luster is very special with a lot of reflections. As with the other specimens that we had selected this one is floater, doubly terminated and great!
Anatase-Rutile occurrence, Cuiabá District, Gouveia, Minas Gerais  Brazil (03/2003)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 1.9 × 1.6 cm = 1.3” × 0.7” × 0.6”


Spessartine

From the famous gem Spessartine from Lavra do Navigador we are able to offer these specimens. We selected them primarily for their good transparency, and also when they have brilliant crystals that are well defined. We tried to avoid the ones that have a ‘dissolved’ look, which many of the ones from this find show.

Spessartine with Quartz

MD16P6: Floater crystal of very well marked polycrystalline growths, etch dodecahedron faces and with a very small Quartz crystal. Color, luster and
transparency are excellent.
Navegadora claim (Orozimbo claim), Penha do Norte, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (10-11/2006)

Specimen size: 1.9 × 1.6 × 1.3 cm = 0.7” × 0.6” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.5 cm = 0.6” × 0.6”

Spessartine with Quartz. Front
Front
Spessartine with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Spessartine
Spessartine.

TM66E0:
Navegadora claim (Orozimbo claim), Penha do Norte, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2003)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 1.7 × 0.7 cm = 1.0” × 0.7” × 0.3”

Spessartine with Quartz
Spessartine with Quartz

TC86L1: Spessartine crystals, one of them dominant, very transparent, notable for their color intensity and extraordinary brilliance. With very marked stepped faces produced by etching. On a Quartz matrix, which is rare.
This specimen comes from the private collection of the well-known Wendy and Frank Melanson, from Canada.
Navegadora claim (Orozimbo claim), Penha do Norte, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (10-11/2006)

Specimen size: 3 × 1.7 × 1.8 cm = 1.2” × 0.7” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.4 cm = 0.6” × 0.6”

Spessartine with Quartz.
Spessartine with Albite
Spessartine with Albite. Spessartine with Albite.

TM36D8: From the famous find of gem Spessartine from Lavra do Navegadora we obtained this enormous crystal that shows of all the great features of the find. Intense color, great transparency, a floater, complete and with dissolution marks on its faces. In this piece, just to add to everything else, the brilliance is extraordinary and, even though it is quite thick, the gem quality of the crystal is very visible when lit from the front and spectacular when lit from the rear. There is a little bit of Albite on this powerful specimen.
Navegadora claim (Orozimbo claim), Penha do Norte, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2003)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 4.7 × 3.5 cm = 2.4” × 1.9” × 1.4”


Herderite

One of the main novelties of 2002 Munich Show was the new Herderites from the lavra do Afranio. In the past at lavra do Corrego Frio they found Herderite, but few of them were of good quality, as many were dull, without luster.

Recently and after a hard search, people found a new area on the Alto do Corrego Frio area close to the famous lavra do Corrego Frio locality but not the same place. There they found floater, often doubly terminated, Herderites, with very similar color to the Corrego Frio ones. The best aspects of this new find are the excellent luster and partial transparency, so we can conclude that they are better than the classic Corrego Frio ones.

Herderite

MR69: Bottom of the crystals are recrystallized. White Albite on its left hand corner and with the typical luster, partial transparency and sharp form of the best specimens from this find.
Lavra do Afranio, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2002)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.7 × 2.9 cm = 1.2” × 1.1” × 1.1”

Partially fluorescent long UV

Herderite.
Doubly terminated Herderite
Doubly terminated Herderite.

MP60: Two doubly terminated parallel crystals, a little bit more brilliant than the others. The most esthetic specimen form of this find in our opinion. White Albite on its rear and on its bottom.
Lavra do Afranio, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais  Brazil (2002)

Specimen size: 5 × 2.7 × 3.9 cm = 2.0” × 1.1” × 1.5”

Partially fluorescent long UV



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