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Minas Gerais, Brazil - Photo Gallery

697-7RVMontebrasite : LiAl(PO4)(OH)

Multiple photos available
Divino das Laranjeiras, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dimensions: 3 cm x 3 cm x 0.7 cm

Montebrasite with colorless to very slight yellowish lustrous twinned crystals to 3.0 x 3.0 x 0.7 cm. Shows the twinning very well. Size: 4.3 x 3.1 x 1.7 cm. Ex Lloyd Tate collection.
Copyright: © Weinrich Minerals, Inc.      Photo ID: 353425     Uploaded by: Dan Weinrich   View Count: 804   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 835 x 1024 pixels (0.9 Mpix)

3LE-6FLMuscovite : KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2

Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dimensions: 5.9 cm x 5.1 cm x 3.6 cm

It is obvious why this is called "star" muscovite, and these specimens are just so unique and attractive for a mineral that is usually overlooked as rather dull. Just really pretty, is it not?

5.9 x 5.1 x 3.6 cm

Mindat.org Photo of the Day - 24th Dec 2006
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky      Photo ID: 70800     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 21625   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 600 x 581 pixels (0.3 Mpix)

8K6-70XElbaite : Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)

Cruzeiro mine, São José da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dimensions: 5 cm x 1.5 cm x 1.4 cm

5.0 x 1.5 x 1.4 cm. This is a superb miniature from what Steve calls the Lipstick-Pocket of Cruzeiro tourmalines. It shades from green through blue and clear, to a cranberry cap. This came out in the early 1990s while he was teaching in Rio, and Steve drove into the interior and bought the entire pocket at the time, keeping extras for trade stock and resale. However, he sold all his extras off a long time ago and kept the best - among them, this superb miniature. He kept, until recently, thumbnail and miniature and larger examples of every pocket he had bought down in Brazil, and had suites in each size range. The stark separation of the zones and contrast of the colors is riveting, in person. Ex. Dr. Stephen Smale Collection.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky      Photo ID: 226324     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 581   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 247 x 600 pixels (0.1 Mpix)

Q97-PYDElbaite : Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)

Pederneira claim, São José da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Enormous cluster of green elbaite crystals on cleavelandite and quartz. ~0.7 x 0.6 x 0.5 meters.
Copyright: © Van King      Photo ID: 201849     Uploaded by: Van King   View Count: 1331   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1000 x 1032 pixels (1.0 Mpix)

D6K-7JUBrazilianite : NaAl3(PO4)2(OH)4, Albite : NaAlSi3O8

Telírio claim, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dimensions: 6.9 cm x 4.5 cm x 2.9 cm

6.9 x 4.5 x 2.9 cm. This crystal is a pristine, complete, translucent jewel measuring 7 x 3 x 2 cm in size and perched atop a small natural pedestal of crystallized albite matrix. I think the pic says it all! It is SUPERB in quality and among the best brazilianites for the size range that I could imagine.(RWMW Collection)


Mindat.org Photo of the Day - 2nd Jun 2008
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky      Photo ID: 153405     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 1619   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 800 x 553 pixels (0.4 Mpix)

5VP-L7TElbaite : Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)

Pederneira claim, São José da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dimensions: 4.7 cm x 2.2 cm x 2 cm

4.7 x 2.2 x 2 cm cluster of fully terminated tourmaline crystals. The terminated ends of the crystal are positive and negative pedions but when viewed up close are actually numerous alternating small hillock terminations which appear to be flat from a distance.
Copyright: © Trinity Mineral      Photo ID: 1478     Uploaded by: John Veevaert   View Count: 1125   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 229 x 345 pixels (0.1 Mpix)

1X8-W51Stokesite : CaSn[Si3O9]·2H2O

Urucum mine, Galiléia, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Picture width 10 mm. Collection and foto Stephan Wolfsried
Copyright: © Stephan Wolfsried      Photo ID: 106880     Uploaded by: Stephan Wolfsried   View Count: 933   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 900 x 675 pixels (0.6 Mpix)

9TY-NWUElbaite : Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)

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Pederneira claim, São José da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dimensions: 4.9 cm x 1.7 cm x 1.3 cm

4.9 x 1.7 x 1.3 cm. This is a superbly crystallized, glassy and totally transparent, rich green specimen from the famous "Rocket Pocket" circa 2002. It features a main crystal reaching 4.8 cm, along with two sidecar crystals. Gem weight is 90.53 carats. Absolutely limpid. Ex. Laura and Stevia Thompson Collection.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky      Photo ID: 257388     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 283   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1200 x 2343 pixels (2.8 Mpix)

5J2-GTNMontebrasite : LiAl(PO4)(OH)

Mendes Pimentel, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dimensions: 1.6 cm x 1.5 cm x 0.5 cm

A sharp gemmy transparent glassy terminated crystal of this rare species without matrix. No damage - excellent thumbnail for the species! Ex Anna Mae Anderson collection. Size: 1.6 x 1.5 x 0.5 cm.
Copyright: © Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals      Photo ID: 234626     Uploaded by: Dan Weinrich   View Count: 588   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 513 x 620 pixels (0.3 Mpix)

M5P-WD2Rhodonite : MnSiO3

Morro da Mina mine, Conselheiro Lafaiete, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dimensions: 6.6 cm x 4.5 cm x 1.5 cm

6.6 x 4.5 x 1.5 cm. This crystal leaps off of a massive rhodonite base and has a really sharp, gemmy, transparent to translucent termination.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky      Photo ID: 186647     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 784   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 495 x 800 pixels (0.4 Mpix)
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