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Pé da Serra farm, Joaquim Felício, Minas Gerais, Brazil - Photo Gallery

Pé da Serra quartz mine

Pé da Serra farm, Joaquim Felício, Minas Gerais, Brazil

The Pé da Serra quartz mine employed a lot of hand labor. Here are a bunch of pick axes. The ones on the left have been used up and the ones to the right are new ones. Mute testimony to how much hand labor was used in the mine. Have you ever "used up" a pic ax?
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Pé da Serra quartz mine

Pé da Serra farm, Joaquim Felício, Minas Gerais, Brazil

One of the great japan law quartz twins the mine would occasionally produce.

The Fazenda Pé da Serra Quartz mine was started or perhaps reopened would be a better term. This mine had its beginning during the Second World War when the USA came looking for piezoelectric grade quartz for radio oscillator chips. We hoped the mine would produce good hand held quartz points that were in demand by the metaphysical movement. Some people call them the healie feelie crowd. It was only modestly successful in providing those crystals, because it produced a lot of crystals not suitable for that purpose. But once in a while, perhaps once a year, the mine would cough up an incredible specimen of Japan law twin quartz. If we made any money at all on the mine it was because of the occasional Japan law twin that it produced.
[Rock Currier 2011]
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CDV-9K9Quartz : SiO2

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Pé da Serra farm, Joaquim Felício, Minas Gerais, Brazil

A Japan law twin specimen of Quartz. R. Currier specimen. Specimen is about 35cm in diameter.
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1UF-AW9Quartz : SiO2

Pé da Serra farm, Joaquim Felício, Minas Gerais, Brazil

In 1987 Ed Swoboda and I (Rock Currier) and Osorio Neto (a Brazilinan gem dealer living in Belo Horizonte, Brazil ran a little hand worked mine near the little town of Joaquim Felício for quartz crystals. It produced two fabulous specimens of Japan law twined quartz and lot of these kinds of crystals. I brought them back to the Unites States to sell, and to my surprise my customers called them lemurian crystals.I have seen crystals from other Brazilian localities also called lemurian and think of them as being prismatic tapered crystals.
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Pé da Serra quartz mine

Pé da Serra farm, Joaquim Felício, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Here is a picture of the little quartz crystal storage room at the miners camp. One time we looked in and "Wow! that is that big flat thing over on the left. Do you suppose that is is a jap twin?" It turned out that is was.

The Fazenda Pé da Serra Quartz mine was started or perhaps reopened would be a better term. This mine had its beginning during the Second World War when the USA came looking for piezoelectric grade quartz for radio oscillator chips. We hoped the mine would produce good hand held quartz points that were in demand by the metaphysical movement. Some people call them the healie feelie crowd. It was only modestly successful in providing those crystals, because it produced a lot of crystals not suitable for that purpose. But once in a while, perhaps once a year, the mine would cough up an incredible specimen of Japan law twin quartz. If we made any money at all on the mine it was because of the occasional Japan law twin that it produced.

That line across the picture was the trip wire for a Clamore mine we had rigged to protect the crystals from highgraders. Just kidding, it is some sort of photographic artifact that I didn't want to take the time to remove with Photoshop.
[Rock Currier 2011]
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Fazenda Pé da Serra quartz mine 1986

Pé da Serra farm, Joaquim Felício, Minas Gerais, Brazil

The Fazenda Pé da Serra Quartz mine was started with the idea that it could produce good hand held quartz points that were in demand by the metaphysical movement. Some people call them the healie feelie crowd. It was only modestly successful in providing those crystals, because it produced a lot of crystals not suitable for that purpose. But once in a while, perhaps once a year, the mine would cough up an incredible specimen of Japan law twin quartz. If we made any money at all on the mine it was because of the occasional Japan law twin that it produced.

The main open pit at the quartz mine. All this was done with a pick, shovel and a wheelbarrow. The weather was not always nice and was a bit rainy and foggy when we visited the mine this time.
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Fazenda Pé da Serra quartz mine 1986

Pé da Serra farm, Joaquim Felício, Minas Gerais, Brazil

The Fazenda Pé da Serra Quartz mine was started with the idea that it could produce good hand held quartz points that were in demand by the metaphysical movement. Some people call them the healie feelie crowd. It was only modestly successful in providing those crystals, because it produced a lot of crystals not suitable for that purpose. But once in a while, perhaps once a year, the mine would cough up an incredible specimen of Japan law twin quartz. If we made any money at all on the mine it was because of the occasional Japan law twin that it produced.

Here we see the miners mining out a pocket of quartz crystals. Many of them got sold to a quartz chip (laska) factory.
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Fazenda Pé da Serra quartz mine 1986

Pé da Serra farm, Joaquim Felício, Minas Gerais, Brazil

The Fazenda Pé da Serra Quartz mine was started with the idea that it could produce good hand held quartz points that were in demand by the metaphysical movement. Some people call them the healie feelie crowd. It was only modestly successful in providing those crystals, because it produced a lot of crystals not suitable for that purpose. But once in a while, perhaps once a year, the mine would cough up an incredible specimen of Japan law twin quartz. If we made any money at all on the mine it was because of the occasional Japan law twin that it produced.

Here is a nice cluster of quartz crystals that the mine produced, but sad to say this was not a common event. The cluster is tied together by a string, because it was cracked and about to fall apart.
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Fazenda Pé da Serra quartz mine 1986

Pé da Serra farm, Joaquim Felício, Minas Gerais, Brazil

The Fazenda Pé da Serra Quartz mine was started with the idea that it could produce good hand held quartz points that were in demand by the metaphysical movement. Some people call them the healie feelie crowd. It was only modestly successful in providing those crystals, because it produced a lot of crystals not suitable for that purpose. But once in a while, perhaps once a year, the mine would cough up an incredible specimen of Japan law twin quartz. If we made any money at all on the mine it was because of the occasional Japan law twin that it produced.

The local fazendero (rancher who owned the property) pilfered a few crystals from the mine and spray painted them gold in color and used them to glitz of his "Christmas tree".
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Fazenda Pé da Serra quartz mine 1986

Pé da Serra farm, Joaquim Felício, Minas Gerais, Brazil

The Fazenda Pé da Serra Quartz mine was started with the idea that it could produce good hand held quartz points that were in demand by the metaphysical movement. Some people call them the healie feelie crowd. It was only modestly successful in providing those crystals, because it produced a lot of crystals not suitable for that purpose. But once in a while, perhaps once a year, the mine would cough up an incredible specimen of Japan law twin quartz. If we made any money at all on the mine it was because of the occasional Japan law twin that it produced.

The trail into the mine. It was bout a kilometer walk from the ranch house of the land owner.
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