- Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 6.3 x 4.0 cm
- Conselheiro Pena, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Brazilianite from the old 1930s-1940s finds here STILL sets the standard, to this day, nearly 80 years later. These brazilianites have a depth of color, a high luster, and a unique crystal habit that completely differentiates them from more modern material found in other localities in Brazil. This is a huge crystal for the old finds, featuring a 6 x 5 x 4 cm crystal perched atop a smaller one. It displays very dramatically as a vertical piece, with the gemmiest tip facing out to the viewer and the natural contact (bottom of the crystal, where it grew on matrix) pointing to the back; and thus is complete on three sides. It can also display well horizontally, with the gemmiest tip facing up and the growth contact on bottom. Minor muscovite is included in one side of the crystal. The color and luster are superb! Crystals of this size, and quality, turn up only every few years or more as old collections are recycled. The quantity that exists in the world is extremely limited and as they turn up, they are usually fairly rapidly taken up into collections again. This is a large, noeworthy crystal that can go in any sophisticated collection with gem tourmalines and other fancy gem crystals. 80 years has proven that no more like this seem likely to be found, and so they have been a good investment for thos eof my customers who have stockpiled them away over time. Comes with a custom lucite base. Joe Budd photos.