Dragon Minerals - Update December 27, 2018

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08475: Albite, Chalcopyrite and Muscovite - $50
near Cruzeiro mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Cabinet - 9.8 x 6.6 x 6.0 cm (3.9 x 2.6 x 2.4 cm)
Weight - 168 grams (0.37 pounds)
Specimen status: Available     Send an email to order

This is perhaps the most bizarre feldspar specimen I can recall having seen. It consists mostly of translucent to opaque, nearly snow-white albite crystals arranged in parallel stacks. This provide a karst-like appearance. Accenting the albite columns are tiny chalcopyrite and muscovite crystals. No visible points of attachment, so this appears to be a floater. Multiple display angles not needing a stand are possible. One or two stacks might have cleaved ends (or are these just flat terminations?). Aesthetic, sculptural, and unusual. From a limited find of perhaps six specimens from a few years ago. The 1500 albite photos at Mindat do not show anything else like this (other than additional specimens from the same find that I posted awhile back).

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