- Xenotime With Rutile
- Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil
- Thumbnail, 2.8 x 1.6 x 1.5 cm
From a small find in January, this is a shockingly large and well-developed xenotime crystal with unusually good luster, rich chocolate color, and unusually equant crystallographic form. Furthermore, clusters are rare, of this species, particularly from Brazil. This crystal is complete all around, 360 degrees. As a final accent, we have inclusions of golden rutile in the xenotime, included 0.1 to 1 mm below the surface (though the photo makes it look like they are on the surface, that is an illusion - actually they are under a thin translucent layer of xenotime). A pocket the size of a basketball was hit, and I cherry-picked the choice specimens from this very surprising find!