Brazilianite, Albite
Miniature, 4.8 x 3.0 x 2.0 cm
Linopolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
This is a superb brazilianite miniature, with pristine condition and a perfectly balanced perch atop a small cluster of crystallized albite. It is complete on both sides, all around. This was recovered in a late 1990s mining project which Wayne Thompson and partners financed, yielding mostly larger specimens. This doubly-terminated crystal was, I am told, among the finest miniature-sized specimens and certainly ranks highly for aesthetics. These Linopolis brazilianites are markedly different in form and appearance from earlier material mined at the type locality of Corrego Frio. Ex. Laura and Stevia Thompson Collection.