SPODUMENE

08553

Locality

Resplendor, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dimensions (H x W x D)

43 x 9 x 5.5 cm

Weight

2.575 kg

Description & Provenance

This is a breathtaking, natural spodumene crystal that has been likened to Art Deco era works of art. Characterized by sleek geometry, luxurious materials, and its influence by Cubism, Art Deco’s glamorous aesthetic can (astoundingly) be seen in the parallel striations and markedly geometric body of this specimen. Spodumene typically occurs as colorless or as yellowish, purple, pink or green prismatic crystals. Often, those crystals are plate-like or blocky in their structure. Although some of the better formed examples have a similarly shaped face to the front of this piece, even with a peaked termination similar to this, most lack the incredible depth and distinctively triangular form exhibited by this crystal in profile. Although it cannot be seen in this photo, it is captivating to observe in person. In addition to this spodumene’s impeccable form, it is also incredibly rare for its exhibition of three distinct color bands. Its zoning shifts from pink at the bottom, then yellow at its center, and green towards its peaked termination—it embodies a spectrum of colors. Additionally, the crystal is endowed with fantastic clarity and a brilliant luster that further enhances its form. The natural aesthetics of this specimen are truly unprecedented and invoke a deep appreciation for Mother Nature’s propensity to create art.

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