Microlite, Lepidolite
Thumbnail, 6.0 x 4.0 x 3.25 cm
Urubu mine (Vulture mine; Uruba mine), Monte Belo, Itinga, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
The pictures do not do justice to these shimmering, lustrous, gemmy crystals (to 1.25 cm), perched on contrasting matrix. They have a golden color and internal shimmer that is simply amazing for the species and the locality. I have never seen the like. Neither had Luis Menezes, from whom I bought the best two specimens he had for sale from a very small lot obtained some months ago in Brazil. 6 x 4 x 3.25 cm