Blue Topaz With Lepidolite
Tagural Area, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 8.5 x 7.1 x 7.0 cm
This large, 550-gram crystal is brilliantly lustrous, like glass; and has stunning internal brightness and clarity. It is very hard to capture with photos, for these reasons, and so will be better in person. The edges are razor sharp and almost pristine (which very few are in this size range). The crystal shows the typical etching on the sides, but whereas in most crystals that etching creeps around and mars the front or top faces, here those faces remain perfectly sharp and smooth. The piece is actually a floater, complete all around, with the bottom covered in a blanket of white lepidolite.Joe Budd photos