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A crystal of imperial topaz. Topaz is a silicate of aluminium and fluorine and can occur in many colours including yellow, blue, green, violet, reddish-brown and colourless. Clear or finely- coloured varieties are used as gemstones. This specimen measures 14 x 4 cm and was found in Vermelhao's Mine, Ouro Preto, Brazil.
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