This aqua cluster GLOWS with sparkling lustre thrown off from a secondary coating of very minute aquamarine druses crystallized on top of some faces of the original growth. It is complete all around and free of damage. The terminations are glassy on top. The color is intense. The gemminess is near total transparency at the top, grading to translucency at the base. It has a matrixy look to it because of the clustering of the attached crystals. For the size, this is one of my favorite aquas I have ever seen, simple as that.
A simply stunning, fat thumbnail-sized crystal of emerald with very good COLOR , LUSTRE , and GEMMINESS...in person, much better than you can relate from the pics. The termination is glassy. The upper half is quite gemmy and mostly transparent, whereas it grades to opacity towards the base. This has some intrinsic facet rough value in the top portion although it is admittedly included in parts by internal veiling; but this is ironically of benefit to the specimen collector because its still very appealing as a specimen crystal and yet it survived the cutter because of slight flaws that do not matter as much in a specimen as in the cut stone. Also, if it were of the highest cutting grade, it would be unaffordable to the specimen collector - so one looks for the compromise between top quality and visual appeal in buying an emerald crystal, always aiming to have SOME intrinsic cutting value. Note that the piece is MUCH more gemmy in person because the camera cannot focus well on the crystal without going through to the back faces. You can actually see if you look closely how the faces you se ein the leftmost pic "in front" are actuyally the rear bevels showing through the completely gemmy upper portion of the crystal! BY THE WAY AS AN ADDED BIT OF INTEREST FROM THE FORMER OWNER: My Emerald is from the Chivor Mine. One of the key clues on this is the fact that the Emerald is 12 sided or Di-hexagonal. The Chivor is well known for this phenomenon. Niether Muzo or Cosquez produce these 12 sided xtls that I am aware of.
This heliodor has fine color and clarity along with an unusual and broad flat termination that is quite different from the norm. As is common with most of the Ukrainian heliodors, it is highly etched, but even the etch pits have character and beauty and reflect light in a million directions. This particular crystal has such uniform etching on the sides that it looks for all the world like a carving. A big problem in obtaining these pieces now (they were found in 1988) is that the darned things have a lot of gem rough value and so when they turn up, many gem dealers buy them and turn them into aquamarine by heating treatments. Large crystals like this are harder to obtain today. I could sell this right now for 2500 or so just to treat it as gem rough. A Shame!
This pegmatite has produced arguably the best and largest number of fine morganites in the world from any one small find, back about 30 years ago now. This is a HUGE specimen with so much color and impact, because of the size, that it seems fake at first! It masses/weighs just over a kilo. The crystal measures 10 x 8.5 cm , is 3.5 cm or 1.75 inches thick, and is complete all around. It has a minor indentation on the left side, that is crystallized in faces with attached albite blades over them. There are a few small spots of roughness in the front face that were filled with gap-fill epoxy (its there, but in context of size and overall impact minimal). The white spot at the base of the crystal is part of the matrix that grows up into the crystal or vice versa, and is albite as well, though massive and not crystallized. This specimen is translucent to transparent throughout, highly lustrous, and a rich pink-lavender color that is distinctly Urucum's own hue. Classically, you want these to be associated with schorl but not drowned out by the schorl - too many are actually so included they look gray or ugly. This one has just enough schorl on it to accent without taking away from the pink gemminess and transparency, the black on pink making for a better piece. More importantly, this crystal stands miraculously UPRIGHT on a matrix of solid intergrown schorl and albite! Ok, its not a miracle, but rather an excellent trim job by one of our friends. Because of its wonderful display aesthetics, this one whopper of a morganite, both literally and figuratively, for ANY locale. IT IS MUCH BETTER IN PERSON! Comes with custom lucite base for easy display.
Beryl is a favorite among collectors and dealers because of the broad spectrum of colors and the ability to obtain large clean gems. Aquamarine is one of the most popular varieties of Beryl on the market today. This particular gem is a beautiful, natural blue color, virtually eye clean Aquamarine stone from the Mozambique gem fields. The stone has a very fine Trillion cut as well. Gem quality Aquamarines are becoming more and more difficult to find, and the price seems to be rising throughout the gem trade. Please note that this gem has not been heated, and the color is very good for a natural Aqua.
Beryl comes in virtually every color of the rainbow. This particular gem is a very unique, beautiful light blue Aquamarine from the Brazilian gem fields. This stone has some minor tube inclusions, but they really hide well when the stone faces up. The stone has a very unique and alluring "Concave Double Heart" cut. The stone recently was cut from a 40-year-old piece of rough that was stashed long ago. It's a very size stone for a pendant if you so wish, but it would stand alone as a great single stone in a shelf or gem box. Gem quality Aquas are becoming more and more difficult to buy (for reasonable prices) from Brazil, and it seems that the cost of these gems keeps going up every year. A totally one-of-a-kind gem as it simply has a very unique cut, unlike 99% of the gems on the market today.
The color in this stone is really unique. It's somewhere between a light colored Emerald and a darker colored Aquamarine. The stone is a good mix of blue and green, and somewhat reminds me of the color seen in the Copper-bearing Tourmalines from Nigeria. Almost all Beryl contains some kind of a chromaphore that causes the different color (i.e., iron, chromium, manganese etc) but you rarely see Beryls that carry a trace of Vanadium. Honestly, I have only seen a few of these stones over the years, and they're always small, but the color is really pleasing. This stone is virtually eye clean with a Rectangle cut. A great stone for Beryl collectors.
Beryl is among the most popular colorful and sometimes priciest of gemstones. A wide range of color is represented from colorless all the way to opaque black with practically every hue in between. The pink variety of Beryl is called Morganite which was named after J. P. Morgan the investment banker and financier. The best source for Morganite throughout the years have been the granitic pegmatites around Minas Gerais, Brazil. This stone is wonderful light pink, virtually eye clean example of this highly sought after and beautiful gemstone. The cut on this stone is a "Pear" cut.
Beryls comes in virtually every color of the rainbow, but one of the less common shades of Beryl is actually the colorless (or nearly colorless) variety, Goshenite. These stones are much more rare than Aquamarine, Emerald or Heliodor, and true Goshenite is only found in a few localities in fine quality gem material. Brazil has probably produced more good Goshenite gems over the years than any other country. This particular stone is a very attractive, good sized, very very slightly included colorless gem with an attractive "Oval Brilliant" cut. Unusually clear and colorless!
ex. Helmut Bruckner
A really complex combo piece, with an aquamarine shooting straight up through the crystallized albite feldpsar matrix (you can see it from underneath) like a fiber-optic cable of gem blue glass. On it is perched, wraparound, a spessartine garnet crystal that is pretty good on its own merits; plus the bonus that it is set up against the sharply crystallized white background. The terminated zigzag schorl at the base is a final bonus. Overall, one of the more cute combo specimens I have seen from here.
At nearly 11 inches long and NOT REPAIRED, this is a miracle of survival. One seldom sees any gem crystal this size, without repairs. It is a uniform, beautiful, true golden-yellow color, with a 1-cm aquamarine termination atop. There are a few contacts (where a small crystal grew against it) or slight bits of damage to the piece but these are not obvious except on close inspection and nothing i consider seriously detracting. The size, color, and overall impact of the piece are just shocking - and I am pleased to offer it for what seems to me, at least, a very fair price (cheaper in part because its SO big, it won't fit in many collector's cabinets!).
Intense golden yellow crystal , complete all-around, with a 1 cm aquamarine termination atop
A particularly gemmy and lustrous , more smooth crystal than most others here. Intense golden yellow color, and a 6mm aquamarine termination, make it a stunning miniature
A rare cluster, of two itnergrown, tall and elongated crystals merging near the top. The piece has intense golden yellow color and an approx, 1 cm aquamarine tip. Complete all around, with no repair despite its large size!
An intense, fat single crystal with great color and a nearly 1 cm aquamarine termination atop. Complete all around except only one small (trivial ) contact point on a back edge, this is a dramatic piece which for balance of size and width, is particularly dramatic
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