Eosphorite, Muscovite, Quartz
Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
Miniature, 3.6 x 3.6 x 2.6 cm
This specimen has beautiful ball-like clusters of sparkling, glassy eosphorite, perched on delicate yellow mica books and quartz. For a short time last fall, these were thought to be another, relatively new, species (kastningite) but at this point seem to be a weird varietal of eosphorite (and not a new species per se by the really technical mineralogist standards). In any case, they are attractive little clusters of this desirable species in a novel habit.