Dims: 3.2" x 2.4" x 1.8"(8.1 x 6.1 x 4.6 cm)
Wt: 7.38 oz.(209.2 g)
Sao Jose do Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
This is the ideal specimen for one who likes hexagonal form and tendencies. First there are at least 20 Albite crystals of the variety Cleavelandite, with pseudohexagonal flat, platy crystals that are colored a blue-white. They have a pearly to vitreous luster and show a dim transparence along their edges that is interrupted by heavy internal fracturing, aligned in a hexagonal form. These blades are incomplete but large, measuring over 2.5 x 1"(6.4 x 2.5 cm). Attached to the Cleavelandite is a hexagonal book of muscovite/lepidolite mica. Its form is rough, but can be determined because of the demarcation line where the muscovite ends its growth and the lepidolite commences. It is a rather odd formation that I have not seen before. Finally, there are a few random shards of green tourmaline that span some of the crevices between the Cleavelandite blades. One tiny broken piece shows its hexagonal cross-section in the middle of one of the Cleavelandites' faces. I think that the lepidolite/muscovite really helps to make the piece as interesting as it is.