Morro Velho Mine, Nova Lima, Iron Quadrangle, Minas Gerais, Brazil
A rareity for the scheelite collector, this piece is not from China nor Pakistan, but from the Morro Velho Mine in Brazil. This mine opened in 1725 as a gold mine, and it is not typically known for producing much of the tungsten ore – scheelite. This piece is quite large with an intense bright orange color and an atypical habit. It appears to be twinned – giving this tetragonal crystal a nearly monoclinic or triclinic appearance. The growth striae are prominent and can be seen changing direction with the crystal growth changes. This piece is brightly fluorescent blue in UV. It does have a couple of knicks but overall it is a rare and great piece from a little known scheelite locality.
Ex James Zigras
3.00 x 2.00 x 1.00 cm