Eosphorite and Quartz
Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Cabinet, 10.0 x 7.0 x 6.0 cm
Ex. Giancarlo Fioravanti

This is a highly unusual specimen with sharp, textbook crystals of an unusual habit for eosphorite! Eosphorite, a phosphate, is an uncommon secondary mineral in phosphate-bearing granitic pegmatites. If you are fortunate, you can find it as clove-colored, gemmy, bladed crystals. Here we have euhedral to subhedral, translucent, dusty-rose Eosphorite crystals from Minas Gerais, Brazil. In fact, the first Eosphorites ever found were this very color. The largest crystal is 1.1 cm across, and the crystals are actually quite glassy, as you can see where they have been exposed. The dozens of Eosphorites here are intergrown with sharp white Quartz crystals, all attached by a drusy Quartz matrix. A very good, representative specimen highlighting the unusual, but original, color and crystal habit of the Eosphorite.