Brazilianite - Important USA Example
G. E. Smith Mine (Chandler Mills Quarry), Newport, Sullivan Co., New Hampshire, USA
Miniature, 3.5 x 3.0 x 2.7 cm
Ex. Robert Whitmore
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Brazilianite from the USA is seldom seen, and usually occurs only as micros in albite host rock. This is a complete, robust cluster of fat brazilianite crystals. It is MAJOR for the USA, and for this locale. Note these crystals are of an unusually blocky habit quite distinct from the Brazilian namesake material. Self-Collected by Bob Whitmore in the 1980s and from the Robert Whitmore collection, a major East Coast collection of which we purchased the bulk in 2008. One of the very few other comparable pieces recovered from this same pocket, also from this collection, now resides in the Smithsonian Institution collection. Joe Budd Photos