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    Ilha claim, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

    This rather complex phosphate mineral was first identified on some Rose Quartz from the Lavra da Ilha claim: a dinky hole on a dinky island in the Jequitinhonha River in Brazil. It was the stupendous Rose Quartz specimens that got the mineral collecting world's attention. Later, curiosity about the identity of the tiny little olive-green things stuck on the Rose Quartz led to formal studies and the designation of the little green things as a new mineral, subsequently called Zanazziite. That is how the little pit on the little island in the middle of the river became the "Type Locality" for this rare mineral. The type locality is frequently under water when the river floods in the rainy season. On this specimen there are scattered clusters of Zanazziite crystals up to a whopping 0.11 of an inch (2.9 mm) sprucing up the exterior of a medium pink Rose Quartz group bearing very sizable Rose Quartz crystals, some of which appear to be over 2 inches (5.0 cm) in height/length. Condition of the Zanazziite seems very good to excellent considering that you need a loupe to examine them. The Rose Quartz is also in excellent condition with the only "contact" on one side and the back.
    Overall Measurements: 3.0 x 2.0 x 1.0 inches (7.6 x 5.1 x 2.5 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: R. A. Kosnar [Hoppel #D1748]

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    4th Sunday
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