Brazilianite on Muscovite
Miniature, 4.9 x 4.3 x 2.0 cm
Corrego Frio, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Ex. Dr. Stephen Smale
This specimen came out in the 1940's when the species was first identified and named brazilianite. Muscovite at the base of the piece makes this a rare matrix specimen, of which few survive today, let alone on the open market. The rich greenish-yellow color, high luster, transparency, and 3-dimensional completeness of this crystal combine to make this a significant brazilianite specimen worthy of any collection. It is pristine and complete all around, save for only a few trivial dings on rear edges and one small ding on a minor frontal edge, not affecting the display view, and for a smooth contact on the right side (again, not affecting the display view). It has one vertical repair, with a seamless junction, that I did not even realize was present until Steve told me is there, but doesn't detract visually, in other words (and I did lower the price accordingly). Brazilianites of this completeness, and aesthetics, from the original finds get more uncommon every year. I buy every good one I can lay hands on. 4.9 x 4.3 x 2 cm