Xenotime With Rutile
Ibitiara, Bahia, Brazil
Miniature, 4.0 x 1.5 x 1.4 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 individual crystal is very large compared to previous finds for the locality and of xenotime with such sharpness and luster from just about anywhere. It is complete all around, 360 degrees, and curves gracefully with its height as the size expands towards the termination's breadth. 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!