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English: Lepidolite, Topaz
Locality: Xanda mine (Xandra mine), Virgem da Lapa, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil (Locality at mindat.org)
Size: cabinet, 12 x 11 x 10 cm (5 inches tall)
Blue Topaz with Lepidolite
WEIGHT= 1555 grams (1.5 kilos or over 3.3 pounds!) I think we were all shocked when , to our surprise, monster blue topaz began to appear on the market early last year from near the site of the original finds in 1969, in Brazil. This monstrous crystal is miraculously pristine, unlik ea very few others of similar size I have seen from the find. It is one of the largest, to be sure - but more importantly than mere size , it is one of the largest that is intact and complete all around. It was protected when I obtained it when this lot came out, by a natural coat of lepidolite. We have removed much of the lepidolite to expose the crystal underneath. I have left enough at the bottom to provide a sparkling contrast to the straight blue faces abbove. Actually, the bottom is temrinated as well, under the lepidolite! You can hold it, turn it over, and clearly see that it must be a floater with terminations beneath. In person, this crystal has a glassy lustre and a stunning, DEEP BLUE color that is partly volumetric and so it is much more intense than in smaller crystals past or present. I would say, in fact, that this is one of the bluest blue topazes I have seen in museums and collections from the old find, or from this new find. It has a bit of opacity in the middle, but is mainly translucent - in the photos it appears less gemmy than in person. The sheer "heft" and visual impact of this piece, is stunning. It can be displayed from two angles the best, but is complete all around in any case. Comes with custom engraved lucite base, for easy display.
Deutsch: Lepidolith, Topas
Fundort: Xanda mine (Xandra mine), Virgem da Lapa, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brasilien (Fundort bei mindat.org)
Größe: 12 x 11 x 10 cm (5 inches tall)
Date before March 2010(2010-03)
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