Zanazziite, Quartz (Var: Rose Quartz)
Ilha claim, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
Miniature, 4.4 x 2.4 x 1.0 cm
This is a very rich and superb specimen of a rare phosphate from a world-famous locality. Zanazziite is a Hydrated Calcium Magnesium Iron Aluminum Beryllium Phosphate. This piece hosts relatively large, sharp, well-formed, translucent, olive-green to nearly black crystal groups of the rare phosphate Zanazziite which are sitting on crystallized Rose Quartz. There are more Zanazziite aggregates on this piece than virtually any other piece I have seen, and the contrast against the pink Rose Quartz makes this a very attractive specimen of an extremely hard to find mineral species. This specimen is over 30 years old and is from the original find from the 1970's. Ex. Richard Kosnar Collection.