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Brazilianite - Sold

Brazilianite is a hydrous sodium aluminum phosphate. Pough & Henderson (1945) named the mineral after Brazil, opting for a name other than brazilite which was already used. Ultimately brazilite turned out be baddeleyite, but brazilianite remains! In his later years, Fred Pough would lament that brazilianite had not been named in his honor; he was not a fan of poughite. This specimen is a shard of a crystal with very bright lustrous face, and some crystal edges. Very attractive! The quality of crystals from the type locality exceeds those found in recent times. Pecora & Fahey (1949) provide a description of the locality and its mineralogy.