Hydroxylherderite, Tourmaline (Var: Indicolite)
Virgem da Lapa, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
Miniature, 4.1 x 1.8 x 1.5 cm
A really fine hydroxylherderite miniature from Virgem da Lapa and the Eric Asselborn Collection. A 2.4 cm, doubly terminated, lustrous, translucent, tan hydroxylherderite crystal has a strikingly angled, 4.1 cm, super-flattened, gem, indicolite crystal embedded on the side, with two more tourmaline sections set on the other side. It is a very rare association piece from an old find of the early 1970s or late 1960s.