Eosphorite on Rose Quartz
Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Miniature, 5.8 x 3.6 x 3.0 cm
I have seldom seen an eosphorite to fall in love with. Normally, they are rather brown and clunky. But, there was an old find that once produced a combination of beautiful, lustrous, translucent bladed eosphorite crystals in ball-shaped aggregates, perched on rose quartz. Those, I buy ever one I can get. This is an exquisite specimen that has a sparkly 2.2-cm ball of radiating crystals on a sparkly matrix of smaller crystals, all draping over pink rose quartz. I am told these date to the famous rose quartz finds, from the region, which dates them late 1960s through the 70s. This piece is just a stunning large miniature and really has a brightness and life to it that so few examples of this species give up.Joe Budd Photos