Ludlamite With Childrenite
Miniature, 5.0 x 3.7 x 2.9 cm
Laranjeiras, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
Sharp, HUGE crystals for the species, to 3.5 cm in length, form a clustering, 3-dimensional tower that is complete all around. This is a spectacular example for both the locale and species. It is also a display-worthy miniature as a bonus. When I first saw this in an old European collection, I could not believe my eyes. I have seen the occasional Brazilian ludlamite over the years, but nothing that stood out and gave other locales a real run for their money. The huge crystals on this piece, though, are highly important. Lustrous brown childrenites give some contrast to the cluster, in association. As a species, ludlamite rarely forms large crystals with euhedral crystal habit. This locality, like Idaho and England from time to time, have produced examples... but seldom in any quantity or size.