Variscite (Var: Ferrian Variscite)
Boa Vista pegmatite, Laranjeiras, Galileia, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 4.6 x 3.6 cm
Variscite is RARE in pegmatite deposits. It is usually found deposited from phosphatic waters reacting with aluminous rocks at surface or near-surface conditions (low temperature). This uncommon and showy iron rich (ferrian) variscite specimen from the Boa Vista pegmatite of Minas Gerais features sparkly, cherry-red variscite microcrystals richly scattered in a very starkly contrasting snow-white matrix.