Small Cabinet, 6.1 x 4.8 x 4.0 cm
Corrego Frio, near Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Matrix brazilianite specimens, like this, from the original find are fairly uncommon. This specimen features gemmy crystals intertwined upon a bit of albite matrix. Several of the glassy and gemmy brazilianite crystals reach 2.5 cm in length. At least two crystals are doubly-terminated. They have the wonderful color unique to this old find! Although nearly complete all around, there are a few minor rough contacts where it grew against matrix, on the edges. The piece is nearly complete floater, all around, but is a bit jumbled in geometry for my eye, so we have actually reduced the price to a level you seldom see for such a large Brazilianite, from the type locality and first finds. It is a very representative, good display piece of this material, which is seldom enough seen on the market. Brazilianite of this quality and specific color and luster ONLY came out of a few small finds in the old days of Brazilian gem mining; Peter Bancroft documented mining them in the 1940s, and in fact sent the first batch to the USA in that time.

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