Linopolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Cabinet, 9.6 x 9.3 x 6.9 cm
This is a fist-sized cluster of thick, fat, intensely yellow montebrasite crystals with minor cleavelandite association. Clusters are very rare, and these chunky, deep-colored crystals really combine to make a fine overall specimen. The piece is not pristine, as it has some contacts around the edges and a few trivial dings on the display face as well. In person, this material from a modern find at this old locale has a rich color, almost an inside glow to it, that is hard to convey in photos. Weighs 577 grams.