||Elbaite (sceptered, color change, dichroic)
Barra De Salinas Mining District, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha Valley
Minas Gerais, Brazil
5.5 x 1.8 CM (23.8 Grams) (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An old, fine, super clear gem crystal with a wonderful termination. The specimen changes color DRAMATICALLY with different light sources and is intensely dichroic. Color will vary from olive green, brownish, pale grey-blue, light rose and purpleish! Typical of fine pieces from Barra De Salinas, this shows complex striations and multiple faces on the termination. Undamaged and very unusual, this is unlike anything from Brazil in the recent past, it dates from pre 1980 mining, likely much older than that.