Brazilianite, named for the country of Brazil, was first discovered in 1943 and was mistakenly identified as chrysoberyl. The original chemical analysis of this mineral was done by Smithsonian chemist Edward Henderson. This particular specimen was obtained from Allan Caplan in 1945. This rare mineral is sometimes cut into gemstones.
Catalog Number: C05797
Purchased through gift of Frederick A. Canfield
Locality: Conselheiro Pena District, Minas Gerais