Especially since World War II, the pegmatites of the state of Minas Gerais have yielded some of the world's finest specimens of topaz, chrysoberyl, euclase, elbaite, and beryl (in all of its colored varieties); phosphate-rich pegmatites of the same state have furnished the world's finest specimens of brazilianite, beryllonite, eosphorite, hydroxylherderite
, amblygonite and more; complex pegmatites of other kinds have provided cassiterite, xenotime, monazite and several rare-earth species; Brazilian specimens of titanite, phenakite, fluorapatite, kyanite, scheelite, spessartine and bertrandite are among the world's very best.
Alvaro Lucio (email@example.com) had about a dozen miniature and small cabinet-size specimens of hydroxylherderite
horn Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, with lustrous, sharp, twinned crystals, color-zoned in pale violet and pale brown, to 4 X 8 cm, the matrix pieces showing attractive associations of sparkly white albite crystals and muscovite rosettes.
is a rare accessory mineral, found normally close to or inside the tourmaline-bearing cavities.
From Brazil comes an exceptional single crystal of shining brown monazite, a pale tan hydroxylherderite
with oriented inclusions of cream-white clay, and a killer red zircon from the state of Goias.
Jeff had two flats of these specimens, all miniature-size; additionally, he had 15 nice thumbnails and miniatures of hydroxylherderite
found, also last December, somewhere near the village of Shengus, in Skardu, about 2 km north of Bulochi.
In 1976 around 20 superb crystals of lustrous, lavender hydroxylherderite
were found in Brazil, virtually redefining the species for collectors.
[square] v.1/n.4 Colombian Emerald, Natrolite (OR), Benstonite (IL), Langban (Sweden) $30 [square] v.8/n.5 Characterization of New Species, Twinning, Axinite (Brazil), Green River (WY) [square] v.9/n.4 Elmwood mine (TN), Chester (MA), Pyrite crystal forms [square] v.9/n.5 Kammererite (Turkey), Afghanistan pegmatites, Chuquicamata, Chile [square] v.9/n.6 Libethenite (Zambia), Quartz/Pyrite (Washington), Hydroboracite (CA) [square] v.10/n.1 Hydroxylherderite
(Brazil), References on American Minerals [square] v.10/n.2 Jeffrey mine (Quebec), Alpine Rodingites, Fluorite (Germany) [square] v.10/n.3 Taewha mine (Korea), Quartz Japan-law Twins, Bancroft (Ontario) [square] v.10/n.5 Thomas and Wah Wah Mountains (UT) Topaz, Red Beryl, Etc.
Frank and Wendy Melanson of Hawthorneden had a different version of an old standard: hydroxylherderite
twins from Brazil.
A new prospect at Sabsar, Rhondu District, Northern Areas, Pakistan, has lately been giving up some fine little hydroxylherderite
specimens: either sharp, lustrous, loose wedge-terminated prisms, essentially colorless but tinted yellowish gray by inclusions, or else, in a small minority of the specimens, pale green doubly terminated hydroxylherderite
crystals to 2 cm lying flat on a matrix of white feldspar and black schorl, some with tiny gemmy colorless topaz crystals too.
Lacking analyses, it must be assumed to be hydroxylherderite
Svizero (1976) reported pale greenish yellow "herderite" (= hydroxylherderite
) crystals and complex twins to several millimeters in size.
The classic locality of Virgem de Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil, may once again be producing hydroxylherderite
. Marcus had several of the purplish crystals up to 7.5 cm long.