Miniature, 5.1 x 3.7 x 1.5 cm
Morro da Mina, Conselheiro Lafaiete, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
A beautiful, cherry-red cluster of extremely sharp crystals arranged diagonally as I would display it, with good gemminess and clean pure color. The piece is extremely translucent even with only moderate backlihgting and is dramatic for its "mountainscape" geometry. All the "peaks" are pristine and terminated. There is only a little divot in the smaller frontal "peak" of a crystal, but that is natural contact and not damage. In person its not distracting. The right side crystal is terminated all around the backside. All other crystals are complete around their terminations to the back. This composite cluster of crystals is, I feel, a major specimen for the species, and quite elegant compared to some of the more "blocky" examples which seem to be the norm here. Note that in person, these all have better luster (as shown in the vertical photo designed to show luster, thought not form, accurately).