Miniature, 3.6 x 3.1 x 2.4 cm
Morro Velho Gold Mine, Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Ex. American Museum of Natural History; Lawrence H. Conklin
Scheelite from this locale, before the discovery of Chinese material in modern times, was considered by most collectors to be the best of color for the species. Crystals were far and few between, and traded as if they were platinum among sophisticated collectors. This is a large crystal for the locale, bigger than the very few I have seen and handled in the past by quite a bit. Most are on the order of 1 cm or smaller. This is robust in size, form, and has a deeply saturated orange-red color to it. This is a MAJOR locality specimen! ex American Museum of Natural History, by exchange to collector/dealer Lawrence Conklin in the 1980s. Joe Budd photos