Corrego Frio Mine, Linópolis Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil
A beautiful, gemmy, and lustrous brazilianite hosts a gemmy Kelly green apatite. This was collected at the original Corrego Frio by Ed Swoboda in late 1944. The pegmatite is 99% quartz, so albite, feldspar, and phosphates are <1% of the minerals found. To have the apatite association with brazilianite is incredibly (nearly impossibly) rare. In all research, we were able to find only a couple of other instances of this association, and not nearly to this degree of aesthetic quality. The brazilianite itself is quite large for a single crystal, especially so well formed. There is a fracture going down one side which is stable, and the edges of the fracture are recrystallized.
Collected by Ed Swoboda at the original locale in late 1944 – Ex James Zigras
2.00 x 5.80 x 3.50 cm