Hydroxyapatite on Quartz
Sapo Mine, Goiabera, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 5.8 x 4.5 x 4.2 cm

From a large but one-time find at this classic older mine, these shockingly odd apatite crystals took awhile to classify chemically as Hydroxyapatite. They have bizarre green color (with zoning) and a sharp hexagonal form as you would expect, but with unusual bevelled edges coming to a point. There were hundreds of them, maybe thousands of specimens, of which I had many at the time they came out from one of the main exporters of top specimens from the find. However, I had none like this, even when they were fresh. The specimen here has great aesthetics, and high quality to the apatite as well. The crystal has exceptional color and luster, and is also on the large side. It is freestanding on a cluster of quartz, both of which balance each other nicely. Most specimens were massive feldspar plates with apatites upon them, and FEW were isolated crystals on quartz as you see here. This one was kept in Brazil in the personal collection of a Brazilian dealer, until I obtained it only recently. Comes with custom base.