Cabinet, 11.7 x 10.8 x 7.0 cm
Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Lustrous, translucent, very 3-dimensional herderites to 3 cm are strung along the top of this feldspar like grapes. It is a most unusual matrix specimen for this species - and such nice purple crystals rarely occur on matrix, for that matter. The largest crystal has a single small ding on one upper edge as shown in the close-up (which shows it as head-on as possible to be frank about it - it snot so obvious in person!), but displayed properly with a slight tilt, that is not really so noticeable from the display face (see whole picture, first shot). Tilted a bit forward, you can see in the later photo the 3-dimensionality of the crystals, and how isolated each crystal is - just smartly perched on the feldspar matrix. The muscovite is a very unusual, interestig, contrasting association. NEW FIND for this famous old gem district. This is a very fine and rare matrix purple herderite for the price, and its big and unrepaired as well
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