Miniature, 3.4 x 1.8 x 0.9 cm
Corrego Dom Bosco, Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Euclase from the famous imperial topaz mining district in Brazil is quite rare in this quality, with only a very few crystals found per year and seldom any of such size as this one. The color is a pleasing light blue shade, and the sparkly brightness of these crystals is totally unique from other gem euclase (from Colombia's emerald mines or from the alternate Brazilian locale in Ecuador). These look like works of heavy lead glass, with the same effect of seeing any surface details reflected as an optical illusion of other faces of the crystal. This is a true gem, and worthy of the most serious collector of Brazilian gem crystals. It comes from the private collection of a gem trade dealer I know in Brazil, who sold a few things recently. I have not had such a Brazilian piece for sale previously and I have seen only two euclases of this quality from Brazil sell in recent years - both at higher prices, in fact. As this came literally direct from the source, I felt the price to me was reasonable and I have kept it so (in my opinion). Joe Budd Photos