Beryl Var. Heliodor
Padre Paraiso, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Cabinet, 13.2 x 1.4 x 0.9 cm
A remarkable gem crystal from recent finds (early 2011) at this famous old locality. Most heliodor from this location is golden, but not so intense and amber-colored as this piece, which is the single gemmiest and most saturated crystal of a series of pockets (so I was told, and so far as I have seen from the others on market). The termination is exquisitely formed and sharp, and the crystal is complete all around, symmetric except only a small ingrown contact where another crystal seemingly intergrew into this one at some time in the past. It is 35 grams. Joe Budd Photos.