Blue Topaz (1969 find)

Xanda Mine, Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 7.2 x 6.1 x 5.2 cm
Start Time: 09/15/2022 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/22/2022 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Some of the finest examples of natural blue Topaz in the world are those from the famous Xanda Mine in Brazil. The best of these crystals are striking for the superb size, color and excellent crystal form. This piece is a wonderful blue color, rather lustrous, very gemmy crystal group of Topaz with minor accenting pale golden Muscovite for a nice accent of color. The broad front face on the piece is notably smooth and slick, but when you flip the piece over, you can see a strong dichotomy as there are heavy, yet graceful etching patterns. The lower right edge is contacted, but the piece is still in very good shape all around, and it's just so showy and aesthetic. I love that the crystal sits beautifully on its own without the aid of a base or clay. It has such an attractive form and a three-dimensional quality that we're not used to seeing from this locality. This piece dates back to a find in 1969, and a great example of the old material that was coming out of this locality at the time.