Landesite and Reddingite with Triphylite
Jacao mine, Galilea, Conseheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Miniature, 4.2 x 3.6 x 3.6 cm
Ex. Gunnar Farber
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Iron and manganese phosphate minerals aren't uncommon, even in certain pegmatites. Landesite; however, is a rare hydrated iron manganese phosphate initially found in pegmatite at Poland, Maine and this piece is from a relatively new find at the Jacao pegmatite in Brazil (2014). This piece is similar to the other landesite in this update, but it's a "miniature" version! A portion of a vug in altered triphylite has a rich coverage of lustrous, brown, 1-2mm landesite associated with pink clusters of reddingite to 2mm. Blue subhedral vivianite blades are present on the rear of the piece. This is a very appealing piece for rare pegmatite phosphate species and we only know of a few dozen or so pieces of this material. Gunnar Farber label.