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    BRAZILIANITE
    Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

    Originally thought to be Chrysoberyl when first encountered in 1944, Brazilianite was not accurately described until the following year by Pough and Henderson. The mistake is understandable considering that the miners were well acquainted with Brazilian Chrysoberyl, which often bears an uncanny resemblance color-wise to this rare phosphate mineral. Since that time, an erratic stream of this yellow green mineral has exited Brazil. The average Brazilianite specimen is a single, loose crystal, usually somewhat 'dinged,' which makes undamaged matrix specimens bearing 40-50 individual crystals as rare as all get out. You almost never see groups containing more than ten. Which all boils down to: this is one very unique specimen on that count alone. As an aesthetic composition, it is an absolute explosion of glassy Brazilianite prisms sprouting like weeds from the tan and cream Feldspar matrix in a haphazard fashion. The transparency and brilliance of luster only serve to highlight subtle growth features present on certain crystal faces and the exotic shade of green contributes another dimension to the aesthetic impact of the group with its unique tint. It is in pristine condition and comes with a custom acrylic base.
    Overall Measurements: 4.31 x 4.09 x 2.39 inches (10.97 x 10.41 x 6.09 cm)


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    4th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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