Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 1.9 x 1.7 cm
This heliodor has superb lemon-yellow color and luster. The upper portion of the crystal is transparent and could be facetted. It is from a small pocket of remarkably fine crystals found last summer - most crystals from here are etched by natural solutions after formation and it is very rare to find a non-corroded crystal of such quality in these deposits. Note the fascinating, fully terminated, ingrown steppe about the middle, which in person resembles a shallow cavern with stalactites and stalagmites hanging, adding a lot of visual interest to the piece (see bigger photo for more detail). In person, it is more glassy and much more gemmy, as well!