Neptunite on Natrolite
San Benito Peak, San Benito County
5 x 3.7 x 1.8 CM (miniature)
Neptunite crystals with very high luster reaching 2.3 CM are set on contrasting snow white Natrolite. A very attractive specimen in good condition with textbook terminated crystals some of which show doubly terminated prisms well exposed from the matrix. There will not be any more of these as the locale is finished, this is an older recycled collection specimen.
Brazilianite with Muscovite
Telirio Mine, Linopolis
5.1 x 3 x 2.2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Another Brazillian classic. This features a fine sharp, glassy and partly gemmy Brazilianite that is nicely paired with Muscovite showing twin crystal forms. In great condition, the specimen displays very well from several sides. From the major pockets found in 2008, this quality is not being found now. There have been two major finds of fine Brazilianite in the past 70 years, both were different in habit, it may be a long while before the next one if ever. A good value for an esthetic and choice specimen.