Madiaomby pegmatite, Anjozorobe District, Ankazobe Pegmatite Field, Analamanga Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Small Cabinet, 5.3 x 3.2 x 2.7 cm
A large, crudely euhedral, earthy brown monazite crystal from an uncommon Madagascar locale - the Madiaomby pegmatite, mined chiefly for gem beryl. This is classic material for this rare earth, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, thorium phosphate. Not pretty to look at, but highly representative and large for the species and locale. Accompanied by an older, faded Ward's label. The collection this came out of was a museum stash dating to prior to World War I.