A large, sharp wodginite crystal with lustrous faces. This crystal is in very good condition, with some chipping, mostly at the backside and back of the termination, as I’d display it. The third photo shows from above and the back side on the left. A very good crystal of good size for this uncommon species.
About These Wodginites
Wodginite is not a common mineral, and it is quite difficult to acquire good crystals. These ones are from a 2017 find that produced a relatively small number of specimens. Their idetification has been confirmed at the University of Arizona, and, along with subsequent EDS work, it has been established that of the various members of the wodginite group, they are wodginite.
When initially found, they were sold within Brazil with incorrect locality information. This is often done to protect an original source soon after a find, although it’s not clear whether that was the reason in this case. In any event, they are confirmed to be from the Itatiaia Mine, and the original attibution of early specimens to “Linopolis District, Divino das Laranjeiras” should be corrected.