Xenotime-(Y) with Quartz and Rutile
Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil
Miniature, 3.7 x 3.3 x 2.6 cm
Xenotime-(Y) matrix specimens are incredibly rare and this is an attractive miniature with great composition from the 1990s finds in Novo Horizonte. We have a well-formed, 2.9cm, dark amber, tapered, tetragonal prism of xenotime-(Y) juxtaposed on a cluster of translucent quartz crystals that exhibit small, golden sheaves of rutile on the surface and as inclusions within the quartz. A great matrix miniature of this yttrium phosphate! There is some trivial edge-wear to the xenotime crystal. Matrix specimens, and a fine miniature with balance like this, are so rare. I cannot recall even seeing a good one. It is a competition quality miniature example of a rarity usually only found as thumbnail crystals.