Brazilianite (Gem)
Thumbnail, 1.9 x 1.0 x 0.7 cm
Corrego Frio mine, Linopolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
At 12.2 carats in size, this is a very respectable and fine brazilianite cut from old rough, found in the 1940s-1950s from this, the type locality for the species. It is exceptionally clean for a large brazilianite gem. This specimen was featured as part of a rough and cut set in the exhibition "MINERAL DREAMS: Brazilian Gem treasures" at the Munich show of 2010. (video now available from BlueCap Productions) .. Joe Budd photos