Miniature, 5.4 x 4.0 x 3.6 cm
Corrego Frio Mine, Doce valley, near Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil (TYPE LOCALITY)
Ex. Helmut Bruckner
A stunning, complete-all-around crystal from the original material found in the 1940s and early 1950s, still characteristic and distinct to this day compared to later finds at nearby pegmatites. The crystal has an extraordinary amount of gemminess to it and could cut probably most of its specimen value in stones were we to butcher it. However, this is also a very rare thing for the find - most of these old brazilianites are rather one-sided for some reason, chopped off on one side or contacted flat on the back. This one, however, is complete ALL around and is a 360-degree crystal showing all faces, set atop a recessed inward-grown brazilianite pedestal and a bit of muscovite matrix. The luster of the faces is the best, extremely glassy and bright. The color intensity, a strong green-yellow hue, is totally unique in the mineral world and frankly superior to any brazilianite found since as far as I am concerned. This specimen came from the Kontrus collection, a collection that peaked in the 1950s and 1960s. As noted on the label, this piece was brought to him by the great broker of the time, Martin Ehrmann.
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