Zanazziite, Quartz (Var: Rose Quartz)
Ilha claim, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
Miniature, 5.0 x 2.1 x 1.6 cm
A superb combination specimen of the very rare beryllium-containing phosphate, zanazziite on a beautiful rose quartz crystal specimen from the Type Locality for zanazziite, the Lavra da Ilha pegmatite of Brazil. 15-20 yellowish-brown spheroidal clusters of zanazziite crystals are scattered on the vivid pink cluster of gemmy, stair-stepped rose quartz crystals. Specimens of this quality date to the 1960s or 1970s, even though zanazziite was not itself named until 1990 (these were previously thought to be the more common related species, roscherite) .