Tourmaline (Var: Indicolite), Lepidolite, Feldspar Group
Pederneira claim, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Cabinet, 9.7 x 5.5 x 3.8 cm
A very aesthetic, unusual specimen from this famous mine which had a great run in the years 1999-2006 or so, and has largely gone defunct since then (they blasted out the pegmatite on 3 sides). The matrix feldspar crystal is complete. It is terminated on both ends, the back, and the front where you see that gentle slope down decorated with sparkling purple lepidolite. Off the front-sloping face of the feldspar, hangs a 3.7 cm tall blue indicolite tourmaline. Although it has a hairline crack near its base, it is not repaired (the matrix held it together quite well) .