Itinga, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 6.7 x 6.2 x 3.3 cm
Taramite is a surprisingly rare member of the amphibole group in crystalline form, and large radiating crystal sprays like this came only from this mining district, to my knowledge. I had never seen a good one for sale, till this piece turned up in an old Italian collection, though. The splaying, radiating crystals actually have lend some eye appeal for an otherwise darkly-colored species.