Dims: 2.55x0.46x0.35" (6.48x1.18x0.88cm)
Wt: 0.44oz (12.5g)
Lavra da Laranja, Aracruz, Espirito Santo, Brazil
This is a scapolite crystal from an area in Brazil that has produced many such crystals. Superficially, it has a pale yellow color, deep striations, and a surface texture (or coating) that renders the crystal translucent. Examination with a loupe reveals that the coating is restricted to the surface and that the interior is highly transparent. Indeed, the crystal looks a lot like a yellow spodumene, in that it has the surface texture and crystal terminations common in kunzite crystals, and it is colorless from the side, but very yellow when viewed along the crystal axis (it appears strongly pleochroic). So, is it scapolite (as identified by the mine), or possibly a rare yellow spodumene?