Xenotime With Rutile
Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil
Miniature, 3.4 x 2.0 x 2.0 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 large compared to previous finds for the locality; and is complete all around, 360 degrees, except for a single minor ding on the front-left edge and one on the back. It is the most aesthetic display quality of the lot, for its splayed arrangement (size given is volumetric - actual large crystal here is 3.4 x 1.2 x 1.2 cm). 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!