Brazil Mineral Specimens For Sale, Page 4



                  Tourmaline                                            Tourmaline on Quartz                                       Beryl                                 Topaz                                       Topaz


Brazil has supplied collectors with wonderful mineral specimens for decades.  The gem material such as tourmaline, aquamarines, and topaz receive most of the acclaim, however there are a great diversity of Brazilian minerals worth noting.  Because we purchase older collections we often have fine examples of Brazilian minerals that are not common in today's contemporary mineral market.





OKM-810    Topaz     Virgem da Lapa, Jequitinhonha Valley, Brazil.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  This is a pleasing medium blue, natural topaz of very high quality.  The luster is exceptionally high showing no frosting or abrasion.  There is one internal but shallow crack on one side that can be clearly seen in one image.  Internally very clean for this material.  Nice faces visible on all sides less one.  Termination chipping on one side.  Almost all other areas healed contacts/ etched surfaces typical of material from this location.  7.3 x 5 x 4.3 cm overall.  A nice find...rare and desirable.  $3,200









OKM-786     Brazilianite    Mendes Pimentel. Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A liberal coating of bright yellow, wedge shaped, gemmy crystals on matrix.  The specimen measures 6.8 x 5 x 5.4 cm.  Several crystals are broken off.  Reverse side of specimen is muscovite.  $80








OKM-816     Tourmaline     Jose Pedra Mine, near Govenador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A famous mine well known for some of the most colorful tourmalines around.  Now it is uncommon material, especially in specimens that are not all banged up.  This one is composed of stocky crystals with modified and pinnicoidal terminations in a tight grouping.  The accessory is mica, some appears pseudomorphed.  The cluster measures 4.6 x 4 x 4 cm overall.  Some edge contacts but all the primary crystals are in excellent shape (there appears to be a micro chip or two but only visible with magnification and even difficult to see then).  Vibrant bubble gum pinks and light to deep green, high luster and nice aesthetics.  $650








OKK-860    Apatite    Aldea Velha Mine, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A fine green, translucent crystal with minor feldspar (clear to white) and muscovite attachments.  2.4 x 1.8  x 1.7 cm overall.  One chip on one surface (back) of apatite.  $50








OKK-861    Calcite    Irai, Rio Grande do Sol, Brazil.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  This is the ony one of these I have ever seen in this small size… measures 2.8 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm overall.  No damage.  $20









OKK-847    Staurolite    Fazenda Gramiais, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.   A 2.2 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm twinned crystal of good form and luster.  Minor chipping on a couple edges but nice overall.  Mounted in a perky box.   $15









OKK-839     Pyrrhotite, Siderite    Morro Velho, Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A nicely developed grouping of crystal make up this 2.7 x 2.4 x 2.3 cm piece.  One contact on right edge otherwise damage free and attractive from any view.  $35









OKK-837    Tourmaline, Pyrite, etc.     Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A nicely sized TN specimen with a dominant crystal that has a purplish core surrounded by a blue gray overgrowth.  Damage as seen in the images is evident but certainly a crystal someone will want for this price in their collection.  3 x 2.5 x 2 cm.  $35








OKL-164     Quartz Scepter    Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Thomas Fowler collection.   1.4 x .8 x .7 cm.  Smoky transparent cap on a translucent white stem.  A couple micro chips but by most would be described as having no damage.  Nicely mounted in a perky box.   $45








OKL-163     Beryl (variety Aquamarine)     Minas Gerais Brazil.   Ex Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  A fine floater single crystal measuring 1.6 x 1.1 x .6 cm.  Fantastic luster, color and form to this single.  A small bit of yellow mica? overgrowth in spots.  Very light striations on some sides.  Gemmy and flawless.  No damage.   Mounted in a perky box.  $100









OKL-158     Fluorite     Santa Rosa Itambacuri, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  3.2 x 2.5 x 1 cm fully etched, triangular shaped floater.  Looks more like a beryl crystal than a fluorite.   Mounted in a perky box.  No damage.  Great luster.  $45









OKK-832    Brazilianite   Galilen Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex Nancy Collins collection.  A fine parallel growth crystal measuring 3.1 x 2.2 x .7 cm.  This tabular crystal is gemmy in areas and highly included as one approached the base of the crystal.  Good color, form and luster.  No damage.  $50








OKJ-808    Rodochrosite on Quartz    Taquaral, Brazil.   Translucent to transparent single crystals and aggregates of crystals on rose colored quartz crystals.  Nicely formed with an exceptional ball of crystals high on the piece.  2 x 1.6 x .8 cm.  No damage.  Mounted in a perky box.  $75









OKAA-031    Tourmaline and Cut Stone    Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Nancy Collins collection.     A large tourmaline crystal measuring 9 x 4.7 x 4 cm.  Highly etched on its backside.  Double terminated with upper termination, pinnicoidal, being low in luster and lower termination being fibrous.  Prism of crystal has a nice luster and good translucence to a shallow depth.  The emerald cut faceted stone is well cut and flawless.  It is a rich green color similar to the crystal and custom engraved acrylic base.  $1,400








OKD-769     Watermelon Tourmaline     Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Jim Turek Collection.  A nice 4.4 cm long and 2 cm thick watermelon tourmaline with one end crudely regrown and the second broken showing the bright red core surrounded by green.  Several tightly attached rider crystals to 3 cm each.  Good, classic material.  200$








OKD-770     Hematite     Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Jim Turek Collection.  A fine cluster of bright silver hematite crystals to 1.7 cm each.   They are not tabular.  These are thick blocky crystals with a complex habit.  The specimen measures 4.7 x 3.2 x 2.2 cm overall and is somewhat dome shaped.  A few micro dings but actually in extremely good condition.  Very sharp and displayable.  125$








OKD-251    Quartz, Siderite, Pyrrhotite    Morro Vehlo Gold Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  Here is another highly aesthetic miniature composed of several clear quartz points to over 3 cm each rising off of a flat quartz matrix.  Also rising off this matrix are well formed blades of siderite to 1.7 cm each.  Within and on these crystals are tiny metallic tabular pyrrhotite crystals to a couple of millimeters each.  It measures 5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm and the body of the piece is damage free.  There is one siderite crystal on the extreme edge that has been cleaved off.  A showy, older specimen.  100$










OKD-466     Rose Quartz on Milky Quartz    Minas Gerias, Brazil.    Second generation rose quartz crystals are set high on the matrix of crystallized milky quartz in a thick band visible from all sides of this fine specimen.  A very large specimen from this famous producer of rare rose quartz crystals which measures 9.3 x 7 x 6 cm overall with individual crystals to 1.6 cm.  There is some very minor damage which does not distract from the display characteristic which make this a highly aesthetic and very desirable specimen (but it has been taken into account when it comes to the specimen’s price).  Sits nicely for display, super luster and wonderful form.   This specimen has great views from all directions except one side.   1,400$








OKD-537      Rose Quartz Crystals    Espirto Satato, Brazil.    Cute little 2.3 x 2.2 x 2 cm specimen composed of lots of pink quartz crystals.  Crystals to 1.6 cm.  Nice clean specimen.   70$  








OKH-886    Tourmaline    Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.   Blue rimmed, hollow and red cored crystals to 1.4 cm each.  Specimen measures 2.2 x 1.5 x 1 cm.  Terminations appear natural with magnification.  I’m not positive however and they might be broken off.  I will sell as if they were damaged although I believe this is just the way they have naturally formed.  $20









OKJ-577    Beryl    Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A well formed, internally gemmy single crystal measuring 2.2 x 1 x .8 cm.  No damage.  Light blue green color.  Nice example of old material from the 1960s.  $80









OKJ-563    Titanite     Conselhiero Pena District, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  An attractive twin crystal of triangular shape measuring 1.8 x 1.1 x .6 cm.  Moderately gemmy, well formed, high luster and no damage.  Very tiny base contact.  Great price!!   $34







OKJ-114     Tourmaline and Quartz    Barra do Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  1.7 x .7 x .5 cm crystal, mostly clean gem with moderate fracturing in pink colored zone of the crystal.  High luster, great form, no damage and very attractive.  Nice views from all sides.  Mounted in a perky box.  Lightly striated and a small cluster of white quartz crystals near its base adds contrast.  $120 








OKH-385    Barite    Jaoa Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil.  Ex. James Turek collection.  A beautiful, aesthetic miniature measuring 4.5 x 4.2 x 3 cm with blades to 2.5 cm.  The crystals are gemmy with well defined phantoms.  Light colored matrix is perfectly sized and there is no damage.  $90









OKJ-353    Senaite, Rutile pseudomorphs after Anatase    Guariba Farm, Presidente Kubitschek, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A 4 x 3.2 x 1.5 cm plate with small well formed crystals on both sides.  No damage.  $35









Top down view

OKH-921     Rutile and Hematite     Ibitiara Bahia, Brazil.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  These bright reddish gold, metallic rutiles radiate out from several nucleation centers composed of bright grayish silver hematites.  There are edge contacts from surrounding clusters but the central regions are well formed and in good condition.  The piece is mounted in a perky box and it measures 2.7 x 1.9 x 1.6 cm.  An Aesthetic example of this one time, more contemporary, find.  $200









OKH-910    Rubellite with LepidoliteConselheiro, Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  Bright pink crystals embedded in mica.  Gemmy with the main crystal being hemimorphic and measuring 1.1 cm.  Longest crystal is thinned and about 1.2 cm.  Piece measures 3.8 x 2.1 x 2 cm.  Damage free and it appears to be a floater (mounted in a perky box.  Very attractive color contrast and well formed crystals.  $145








OKH-995    Heliodor     Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  A rich, deep, bright yellow etched fragment.  Floater with only one small hematite flake as an inclusion.  No damage.  2.5 x 2.5 x 1.7 cm overall.  Attractive and showy.  Mounted in a perky box.  Rare to see this material with such a vibrant color or for a manageable price like this one.  $250









OKH-990     Rose Quartz on Smoky Quartz      Conselehiro P., Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  This milky, smoky tipped crystal has an unusual scepter like overgrowth of clear quartz that is obviously pink in on area.  It has developed into a small, well terminated crystal, rose quartz, sitting in parallel position on the side of the first generation crystal.  This small crystal is .8 cm and the entire piece measures 2.3 x 2.1 x 2.2 cm.  Tiny tip ding on smoky quartz is not distracting but forces me to part with it at a reduced price.  $120









OKH-976    Kyanite    Barra do Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  An attractive example of this tanslucent/ transparent material in a quartz matrix.  The crystal measures 10.1 cm and is crudely terminated having being broken from quartz.  No damage and 11.5 x 3.2 x 2 cm.  Very showy.  $150









OKH-781    Spessartine     Escondido Mne, Conselheriro, Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  A richly colored, translucent orange garnet sits alone on feldspar and mica.  Tiny chipped garnet on edge.  2.1 x 2.1 x 1.7 cm overall.  Attractive.  $80








OKH-771    Topaz    Brazil.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  An attractive single crystal with excellent form and color.  It measures 2.3 x 1.2 x 1 cm and is lightly striated, high in luster and in excellent condition.  There are tiny chatter marks visible just with 10x that do not distract from the overall high quality of the piece.  Gemmy with moderate internal fractures and inclusions.  $95








OKH-621    Rose Quartz    Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex.  Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.   A nice large aesthetic example measuring 5.9 x 5.1 .3 .2 cm.  It is composed of well formed crystals to over a centimeter each.  Like most rose quartz specimens the crystals do tend to blend together.  This piece however, does have some sculptural characteristics and does display well.  He has a very high luster and the crystals showed good clarity.  No damage except along one edge.  Nice color saturation.  A fine example.  $420








OKD-538      Rose Quartz Crystal    Espirto Satato, Brazil.      4.2 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm cluster with crystals to 1 cm each.  Small book of mica on back of specimen.  Damage free and attractive.   150$









OKD-522     Tourmaline    Santa Rosa, Brazil.  Ex. Nancy Collins Collection.  Here is a blue tourmaline, indicolite, seldom seen for sale today.  These normally get cut into gemstones.  This one is not large but does have lots of character.  It is made of three parallel growth crystals which are all damage free and nicely terminated.  The surface hillocks on the terminations are very interesting.  Zoned growth has lead to a clear cap and translucent lower section to each crystal.  2.3 x 1.9 cm.  Excellent specimen!  220$









"c" axis view. Nice deep color.

OKD-461      Kunzite    near Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  This crystal has a pleasant purple, pink cast, nice clarity and an attractive form.  Deep purple color when viewed down the “c” axis.  The chisel shaped termination is slightly rounded due to natural etching.  Minor surface etching, as well.  6 x 1.5 x .7 cm.  A nice gem crystal for only  80$







OKD-363    Tourmaline   Virgen De Santa Rosa, Minas Gerias, Brazil.   Ex. Nancy Collins Collection.   This big grouping of tourmalines is composed primarily of three big crystals which have thousands of tiny, gem and fibrous tourmaline crystals networking between them.  The color is an unusual, almost metallic, green color.  The terminations on the big crystals are hollow and also filled by fibrous crystals.  Minor matrix contact and zero damage.  Although it looks delicate, it is not and is easy to handle and inspect.  9 x 7 x 5.5 cm overall.  A very interesting, large tourmaline.   570$









OKD-323   Tourmaline    Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Nancy Collins Collection.   Nice large 8.9 cm long and 4.5 cm wide crystal with a highly unusual color.  Outer rind is very light green which allows you to see to into a deeper green core.  This layering gives the piece an almost metallic effect.  The upper termination is a pinicoids of very low luster and rough appearance.  The lower end of the specimen is very fibrous.  The back of the piece is very complex with a number of cavernous areas and fibrous growth.  The main body of the piece is composed of several large parallel growth crystals.  Both ends of the piece have a darker cap.  Damage free.  A very interesting and certainly substantial specimen.  950$








OKD-130    Topaz   Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Light blue alluvial topaz crystal which has water worn frosting on all sides but one.  Faces are clearly evident.  The one clear face shows this to be a gem crystal with moderate internal fracturing.  3 x 3 x 2.5 cm crystal.   38$








OKD-131    Topaz   Minas Gerais, Brazil.  24.6 gram, clear gem crystal with a few minor internal inclusions.  Chip on top and back is poor.  Excellent form and nice from front.  2.5 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm.  38$








OKD-126    Uvite and Magnesite    Brumado, Bahia.  Ex. Carlo Barbosa material.   Really nice damage free, double terminated, translucent crystal with gemmy sections.  Base has a crystal contact that wont show from any view because the specimen sits on it.  One area has minor skeletal growth.  Very nice piece. 95$








OKD-027      Aquamarine    North Rio Prov., Brazil   4.7 long by 2.6 cm wide and 1.4 cm thick.  Nice crystal with a complex termination.  Contact on backside.  Quite gemmy down the “C” axis but otherwise lots of inclusions.  Not quite as deep a blue as the photo indicates.  90$








OKB-534   Elbaite on Quartz Pseudomorph of Tourmaline   Aruba Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil.    These specimens began as tourmalines, were replaced by quartz and then coated by elbaite.  The cap of this one has no quartz core and is elbaite for almost a cm of its top.  This is the nicest I could find out of the 15 specimens purchased.  6.6 cm tall and 2.5 cm thick.  Back is not damaged.. crystal is scalloped in form.  Several chips on termination but still a great value on a two and 3/4 inch tourmaline.  Very impressive.  225$








OKB-535   Elbaite on Quartz Pseudomorph of Tourmaline   Aruba Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil.    These specimens began as tourmalines, were replaced by quartz and then coated by elbaite.  The cap of this one has no quartz core and is elbaite for almost a cm of its top.  4.7 cm tall and 1.8 cm thick.  A couple areas show the elbaite stripped away and the quartz core visible.  95$








OKB-536   Elbaite on Quartz Pseudomorph of Tourmaline   Aruba Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil.    These specimens began as tourmalines, were replaced by quartz and then coated by elbaite.  5.5 cm tall and 2 cm thick.  Very nice form to this one.  A couple chips on termination but still an excellent value on a two plus inch tourmaline.  Very impressive.   170$








OKA-418 Dravite Paraiba, Brazil. Approx. 10 brownish black crystals to 2 cm each in mica schist. Minor translucence in spots, but opaque for the most part. Great luster and form. 20$







OKA-826 Muscovite/ Apatite Jose Pinto Mine, M. G. Brazil. Same as above specimen with the addition of a green apatite crystal ( 2.5 cm). This cluster is 8.5 x 6 cm. 28$


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