Apatite, Scheelite, Cubanite, Magnesite
Morro Velho mine (incl. Mina Velha; Mina Grande), Nova Lima, Iron Quadrangle, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
Miniature, 4.3 x 3.7 x 2.6 cm
A rare, interesting, and fine combination specimen from the Morro Velho gold mine of Brazil. Most of this fine miniature is composed of gemmy, very glassy, hexagonal, parallel-growth, light pastel-pink apatite crystals. Lustrous, hexagonal, cubanite plates to 6 mm are richly peppered about and there are also a few lustrous, glassy, colorless. Nail-head magnesite rhombs to 1.9 cm on the fringe. The real highlight of this combination is the two yellow-orange scheelite crystals. The large, euhedral, 1.3 cm scheelite is hidden on one end and even though it is partially contacted, it is significant. Ex. Michael Jactat Collection, a French dealer and collector, who was active in Brazil at the time and collected fine miniatures for his own collection.