Zanazziite with Wardite on Rose Quartz (ex Rich Kosnar Collection)

Lavra da Ilha (an island in the middle of the Jequitinhonha River), Taquaral, Minas Gerais, Brazil (type locality)
Miniature, 4.3 x 2.4 x 2.0 cm
Start Time: 12/10/2009 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/17/2009 6:30:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

This is a superb specimen of a rare phosphate from a world-famous locality. Zanazziite is a Hydrated Calcium Magnesium Iron Aluminum Beryllium Phosphate. This piece hosts several well-formed, translucent, olive-green crystal groups of the rare phosphate Zanazziite (up to 1 mm) which is aesthetically sitting on crystals of white Wardite (measuring up to 6 mm across) and a matrix of translucent white Quartz and Rose Quartz. The association of the Wardite combined with the Zanazziite crystals make this piece a great treasure. This specimen is over 30 years old and is from the ORIGINAL find from the 1970's!

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