Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 8.1 x 1.9 x 1.0 cm
Kyanite is usually a pretty boring mineral, embedded in massive quartz and therefore seen mostly in "clunky" specimens. It is also generally opaque. Here, though, you have a really sculptural, trident-like specimen, with strikingly gemmy crystals with fine blue color and transparency. Due to the naturally rough terminations of kyanites, it is extremely difficult to tell if the crystals are terminated are not.