ex. Charlie Key
The pic pretty much says it all...this is one of the most extremely sculptural combos I have seen, and althoug a slender spray, is dramatic beyond its size. Repaired (the fluorite attachment), or it would be "priceless" at a higher price...
ex. Charlie Key
An exquisite specimen, one of my absolute favorites, featuring a sharp, VERTICALLY upright aqua perched on matrix of crystallized msoky quartz. From Erongo, the smoky quartz association is uncommon but you find it from time to time. Pakistan occasionally has aquas in association with smoky quartz, but generally not with aqua of this calibre. The aqua itself is pristine and measures 2.5 cm tall (1 inch!) x 2 x 1.5 cm. When we got it from Charlie, it was coated by a thick layer of iron oxide "rust," which has been removed to reveal the perfection underneath - the caoting kept this exposed crystal pristine! Also, unusual for the Erongo aquas, this has a wonderfully bevelled termination AND extraordinary gemminess. Most Erongo aquas, although pretty and good blue in color, lack this kind of solid gemminess to them...hence , this is an exceptionally premium quality crystal on its own merit, aside from its matrix association.
This specimen is a very rich plate of emeralds embedded in massive quartz matrix, with a thin coating of mica-schist on the exposed upper surface where the emeralds pop out of the quartz. This specimen is unusual in that most of the pieces now brought to market from this mine have either quartz or mica but not both on the same specimen, indicating perhaps this was at the boundary layer of the two types of deposition. Overall, it is VERY 3-dimensional and very colorful. The large crystal atop is naturally distorted, "bent," a rare phenomenon in beryls. It is nearly 4 cm long, and is not repaired. It has a lustrous termination, though with minor edge wear around the rim. IN PERSON THESE ARE A MORE VIBRANT GREEN, but come across darker in the photos than in real life. When backlit, of course, they practically glow. This is one of the richest specimens I have seen from these new finds, in terms of overall concentration and mass of emeralds on one plate. Admittedly, the specimen production from here is not very much in terms of quantity yet (and perhaps never will be), but of that production I have seen most of what was prepared in the last year as the mine finally made a specimen-preparation deal to get them out to our market - from that sample, this was fairly impressive for overall impact and concentration. Upper-left professional photo is by Joe Budd.
While there were perhaps (only!) several dozen specimens recovered that featured large crystals in matrix, from what I saw of the find, most were repaired at least once if not more - and few had such nice aesthetics as this one. The large central crystal on this expertly trimmed matrix is 6.5 cm tall! It is 1.3 cm wide and 8 mm in depth. This piece stood out to my eye because it has a very good size (for ANY emerald locale) and is tremendously aesthetic, yet miraculously has no repairs. It has a natural tectonic break: here, the crystal broke in geologic time, in situ; and the gap between was filled with later quartz deposition. By careful preparation, the specimen has been preserved on a solid matrix plate of quartz with mica schist on the rear side. Frankly, I am not as much shocked they got it out in one piece, but that the termination was able to be so well-excavated from the surrounding matrix as to be freestanding ( at some risk). The freestanding tip extends about an inch over the matrix rim, now. The crystal is transparent to translucent through its length, though mostly at the top. For this find, the termination is quite good - sharp and even, without etching or damage. This specimen has fine lustre, and a characteristic deep forest-green color this mine is known for (quite darker than most Colombian material). It is not often you see a nearly 3-inch-tall emerald at an affordable price, with any quality to it, from any locale. When I bought the lot here, I felt that the company that brought these to market for the mine owner priced this down due to the (natural) tectonic break within the piece, by too much lower than other specimens. Comparably-sized crystals, some with glued repairs even, sold for in excess of twice this price. So, to me, this was clearly the bargain of the lot in large-sized crystals and i think stands as a real value, and a good specimen both. Upper-left professional photo is by Joe Budd. THIS SPECIMEN IS FEATURED ON THE ARTICLE ON THIS FIND, IN MINERALOGICAL RECORD JAN-FEB 2010, PAGE 66
This specimen features a 4.6 x 1.3 x 1.1 cm emerald of deep evergreen color, on quartz. As with most emeralds from this mine, the surface is a little rough and pitted compared to Colombian emeralds, but then there is admittedly a tradeoff for sheer color and impact vs price; and this difference in surface texture is part of the explanation for more reasonable pricing on Kagem emerald crystals for their size. To get a similarly-sized Colombian emerald, without repair, and with such intense color, would set you back 10 times this price in any case, so I felt that the Kagem pieces are a pretty good value in comparison to other worldwide emerald specimens. This piece I chose for its very fine exposure, showing the whole crystal and a freestanding termination. The termination is slightly asymmetric, but is complete. The color is very dark, but still teh piece is quite translucent and even transparent in zones. In person, it is much more impactful if backlit slightly. Upper-row professional photo is by Joe Budd.
Few Kagem emerald crystals were as gemmy and lustrous as Colombian pieces, but this comes as close as any I saw in the new finds. It is a very transparent crystal, perched in a rare crysatllized quartz matrix (at least, the quartz has some surviving faces on the front, though is massive on back). The emerald itself is 34 x 11 x 8mm in size. The temrination looks complete but on close inspection admittedly has some minute edge wear (as do many from these finds). It is nicely freestanding and displays well, and is a choice miniature from this interesting new specimen locality. More than that, its just a good big emerald for the price, regardless of where found. Upper-left professional photo is by Joe Budd.
In some ways, this was my favorite of the emeralds on sale from the first specimen production out of this world-famous gem mine, for its overall quality and aesthetics. The knoll of quartz matrix features a SHARP and VERY EQUANT, 2.6-cm-long emerald perched atop its natrual pedestal. Remarkably, it was excavated without it falling out and needing repairs. It is nestled, still, securely in the quartz which once enclosed (and protected!) the crystal. The top termination is very fine and sharp. The lower termination is not lustrous, but is nevertheless complete. It has a consistent , rich, evergreen color, darker than most Colombian emeralds and so distinct. It has better lustre and sharper form, than most Kagem pieces I have now seen. For a thumbnail-sized specimen (or it could display on a little pedestal as a small miniature), it was the best in the size class that I have seen for sale. Professional photos by Joe Budd. THIS SPECIMEN IS FEATURED ON THE ARTICLE ON THIS FIND, IN MINERALOGICAL RECORD JAN-FEB 2010, PAGE 64
A beautiful 1.4-cm red beryl, well-exposed on matrix, from this unique locality which is the ONLY source of large red beryl crystals on the planet, so far as we know to date. The locale is defunct, and more are not being mined at this time. Because of the rarity, and the beauty, and the uniqueness geologically, I consider red beryls one of the most collectible of mineral species.
ex. Richard Kosnar
Pakistan has provided collectors with some outstanding matrix Aquamarine specimens over the years, and this piece is certainly one of the finest quality matrix specimens that I have offered for sale. It features a wondrous GEM quality crystal of Aquamarine with an alluring baby blue color and remarkably sharp, lustrous faces. The crystal is aesthetically flaring off partially etched, off-white color, blocky Microcline crystal matrix. The Aqua measures 6.5 x 1.7 cm. Acutally, there's a little broken "stem" on the bottom of the Aqua crystal, so you can technically say that's part of the crystal, then the size would actually be 7.6 x 1.7 cm. This is such a dramatic specimen with undeniable appeal and sheer external beauty, it has all the qualities of a top-shelf matrix Pakistani Aquamarine specimen. The specimen comes with a custom lucite base which displays the piece beautifully. By the way, it is illustrated in a little book called "Stones of the Bible". ex Brian Kosnar Collection
ex. Martin Lewadny
A Superb, 1.2 cm-tall Emerald sitting perfectly on dark matrix with minor calcite. This incredible Emerald is GEM-clear, lustrous, and has the absolute best deep emerald color that you could ask for. It is a depth and color saturation you rarely see on an emerald. Although small , perhaps to some, it has a huge impact visually and is overall a full thumbnail, balanced and with a "center" to it that draws the eye. The compex termination is also quite stunning. A killer, even better in real life - it just GLOWS, for lack of a better word to describe it. It is one of the finest thumbnail emeralds I have seen. Not the biggest, but just a stunning "jewel"
ex. Francis and Patricia Benjamin
A pristine specimen with absolute gemminess and glassiness, top lustre, and a beautiful pastel blue color! These are from one famous pocket of about 5 years ago, and really set a new standard for etched aquamarines with their beauty and symmetry.
This is a most unusual emerald specimen, featuring dark green crystals in narrow stairstep growth , one upon and reachng out from the next, extending elegantly out from a well trimmed matrix! I have never seen the like! This is not a major gem emerald perhaps, but is really a special piece because it so draws the eye with the combination of color and sculptural aesthetics. It is as impactful as an emerald miniature could be, aside from a gem crystal of much higher price point. NOTE : there is ONE CLEAN REPAIR to this specimen, in the middle of the cluster. It is hard to notice and I am sure that Ed himself never realized it. 5.1 x 3.6 x 2.6 cm
This specimen features a truly fine pink fluorite, measuring over an inch across, and totally gemmy/transparent, perched next to a complementing pastel-blue aquamarine! What are the odds? And both are sitting on a nice ridge of curving muscovite matrix. This is a very dramatic piece, much more impressive in person where you can see the gemminess of each crystal side by side. The fluorite is so microfaceted with natural steps, like a gem, that is just doesn't look as gemmy and fine here as it does in real life because of all the reflections bouncing through this clear crystal. Comes with custom base. 8.4 x 7.5 x 6.0 cm
This is a ballbuster aqua. And, you know i normally dont get excited about big single gem xls. this thing GLOWS and has the juiciest deepest richest blue color i chacteristic from the famous Medina pocket of 1998. Well, ok, all the good ones really had equivalent color, truth be told - a remarkable consistency among the pocket contents. Most folks consider this the most important find of gem quality aquamarine in a single pocket, since the 1940s find of the style of the "Pioneer Aqua" in Brazil. This piece i can recommend because the quality is every bit as good as what you can ever hope to get from the find and so you do not sacrifice quality at all to buy this one as opposed to waiting for one of the few bigger ones to resurface; they remain uniquely recognizable in the beryl world as being from a unique and special pocket; the history and pedigree are good; and the piece is just plain gorgeous. The strength and the problem with the material from this find is that it is all gemmy and gem rough. it is glassy, and better in person in that regard. so the good part is that makes them beautiful. the bad part is that makes them "cutters" of obvious and easily realized value to the miners. 9.75 x 5 x 4 cm
4.9 x 4.7 x 3.4 cm. A nicely-balanced combo of three Erongo Mountain minerals - it is unusual to see a nice quartz crystal combined with the aqua and schorl you often see together from this locality, however. The aqua is far from world-class, and in general, of course, Erongo specimens are not of the caliber of Brazilian or Pakistani ones, but the combination here is quite nice. The aqua IS terminated, though with a natural contact and some mineral attachment. The schorl is terminated as well.
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