Kosnarite on Albite
Jenipapo District, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Miniature, 5.0 x 5.0 x 3.7 cm
Ex. Martin Zinn
Kosnarite is a recently identified new phosphate species named after Richard Kosnar (now deceased). This piece has sharp, lustrous crystals to 3 mm perched nicely on albite matrix, make this a very good piece for the find (from about 2003). I recall that Luiz Menezes had the best of these at Tucson that year and I saw Marty walking out of the room with this specimen I nhis hand, as I was walking into that hotel show. It wasn't the most expensive or the largest, but I recall thinking this was probably the most aesthetic of the lot, given crystal quality and the isolation on contrasting albite. The appraisal price in the collection was $950, but I have priced it closer to the original number back then, to be fair.