Kyanite, Quartz
Cabinet, 9.5 x 3.0 x 3.0 cm
Barra de Salinas district, Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
The terminations of kyanites are usually rough and it is sometimes difficult to tell whether a crystal is terminated or not. But, most of the crystals on this specimen DO appear to be fully terminated. This is a whole cluster of crystals, grouped around a sparing quartz matrix. It is extremely 3-dimensional and dramatic in person, and looks more like a sculpture than a mineral specimen in some ways! Kyanites are generally thought of as opaque crystals buried in matrix, so specimens such as this are the rare exception. 9.5 x 3 x 3 cm