Titanite With Quartz
Fazenda Rubin Pimenta Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 8.1 x 5.5 x 1.6 cm
This is a really pretty piece with seemingly fractal patterns of complexity at the edges, and I love how small gemmy quartz on edges frames and accents the crystal. It is quite unusual in appearance in this regard, with the thin drapery of white Quartzcrystals hanging down the backside. I cannot say as I have ever seen another one like it. Most Brazilian sphenes have no luster, but this one has glassy luster. It is vertical and dramatic, as it is 8 cm tall. Having had this twice now over the last 20 years, I still find it a unique specimen. Joe Budd Photos.