Quartz, Schorl
Conselheiro Lafaiete (old Queluz de Minas), Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 5.2 x 3.4 x 3.1 cm
A highly unusual piece that shows something bizarre happened in this pegmatite pocket. The crystal of schorl is dissolved inwards from the top, with the clear remnants of what was once a sharp termination and is now like a volcano's caldera, with a sunken pit inside. Shooting up from the middle of that pit is a quartz crystal.