Ilha claim, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
Thumbnail, 2.7 x 2.3 x 2.1 cm
This is a superb specimen of Eosphorite from this world-famous locality. Lavra da Ilha is a small island in the middle of the Jequitinhonha River, and has produced some incredible phosphate species over the last 40 years. It is also the type locality for several phosphates that were discovered by Richard Kosnar in the 1970s. This piece has several large, sharp, lustrous, well-formed, translucent, golden-brown crystal groups of Eosphorite which are aesthetically sitting on a matrix of crystallized Muscovite and associated with Feldspar. This specimen is over 25 years old and is one of the best thumbnails of the material from Rich Kosnar's collection.