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Minas Gerais, Brazil

8XM-VDPQuartz (Var: Rose Quartz) : SiO2, Quartz : SiO2

Taquaral, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dimensions: 3.7 cm x 2.7 cm x 1.7 cm

A crown of well defined crystals of very deep color caps a prismatic crystal of Quartz.
Specimen size: 3.7 x 2.7 x 1.7 cm
Main crystal size: 0.4 x 0.3 cm
Former collection Dick Nelson
Copyright: © Fabre Minerals. All Rights Reserved      Photo ID: 99637     Uploaded by: Jordi Fabre   View Count: 3401   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 683 x 829 pixels (0.6 Mpix)

3LE-6FLMuscovite : KAl2(Si3Al)O10(OH)2

Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, 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 Photo of the Day - 24th Dec 2006
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky &      Photo ID: 70800     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 24881   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 600 x 581 pixels (0.3 Mpix)

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

Cruzeiro mine, São José da Safira, 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: 804   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 247 x 600 pixels (0.1 Mpix)

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

Multiple photos available
Pederneira claim, São José da Safira, 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: 519   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1200 x 2343 pixels (2.8 Mpix)

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

Pederneira claim, São José da Safira, 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: 2573   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1000 x 1032 pixels (1.0 Mpix)

D6K-7JUBrazilianite : NaAl3(PO4)2(OH)4, Albite : Na(AlSi3O8)

Telírio claim, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, 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) Photo of the Day - 2nd Jun 2008
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky &      Photo ID: 153405     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 1924   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 800 x 553 pixels (0.4 Mpix)

CHR-JN9Rhodonite : Mn2+SiO3

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

Dimensions: 5.3 cm x 2.3 cm x 1.1 cm

5.3 x 2.3 x 1.1 cm. A very colorful, highly lustrous cluster of rhodonite with a small bit of attached matrix atop, this is an excellent specimen because it has color and sharp form.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky &      Photo ID: 186648     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 1028   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 405 x 800 pixels (0.3 Mpix)

AER-NFRTurquoise : CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8·4H2O, Quartz : SiO2

Itatiaiuçu hills, Igarapé, Iron Quadrangle, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Blue ball of turquoise on quartz
FOV 3 mm
Collection and Photo : Vincent Bourgoin
Copyright: © Vincent Bourgoin      Photo ID: 338647     Uploaded by: Vincent Bourgoin   View Count: 2552   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1024 x 705 pixels (0.7 Mpix)

YE0-9KYHelvine : Be3Mn2+4(SiO4)3S

Navegadora claim, Penha do Norte, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Field of View: 4.25 mm

Helvite crystal on albite - Dionne collection.
Copyright: © Dick Dionne      Photo ID: 11616     Uploaded by: Dick Dionne   View Count: 2382   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 800 x 600 pixels (0.5 Mpix)

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

Pederneira claim, São José da Safira, 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: 1356   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 229 x 345 pixels (0.1 Mpix)
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