Zanazziite, Wardite, Quartz, Quartz (Var: Rose Quartz)
Ilha claim, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
Miniature, 4.3 x 2.4 x 2.0 cm
This is a superb specimen of a rare phosphate from a world-famous locality. Zanazziite is a Hydrated Calcium Magnesium Iron Aluminum Beryllium Phosphate. This piece hosts several well-formed, translucent, olive-green crystal groups of the rare phosphate Zanazziite (up to 1 mm) which is aesthetically sitting on crystals of white Wardite (measuring up to 6 mm across) and a matrix of translucent white Quartz and Rose Quartz. The association of the Wardite combined with the Zanazziite crystals make this piece a great treasure. This specimen is over 30 years old and is from the original find from the 1970's. Ex. Richard Kosnar Collection.