This polished aquamarine contains a full, doubly-terminated tourmaline within it! I cannot say as I have EVER seen a significant tourm-in-aqua inclusion at all, and yet here is a whole darned crystal contained within a pale blue mass of aqua, frozen as if in ice. It is really a bit prettier in person
WOW! THIS IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPRESSIVE EMERALD I HAVE EVER OFFERED under $5000. It just came to me a t a good price, and I am trying to pass it on. This glowing green crystal is as thick as a finger and dramatic as hell. It measures 1.5 cm across and is just over 2.5 cm long complete, and then a bit longer with a slender tapering into the matrix. It has top, glassy lustre and a juicy rich color you always want in an emerald. The termination is wonderful, and has a few intricate bevels on the side by way of accent. The black calcite provides the best possible contrast and visual enhancement of the deep green hue, on emerald specimens, and this matrix is very rare. You would think that white works best as background but, in fact, the black calcite somehow visually enhances the green hue of the emerald. The specimen is a miniature, but the crystal is huge and the piece has visual impact that can be seen from across a room.
A VERY GEMMY 15 x 8 x 8 mm emerald , perched nicely in matrix! This is a SUPER HIGH QUALITY emerald for the price range, and I can also assure you its legit and not "placed" into fake matrix. Youi can see even in our pics how gemmy and clean the crystal is!? In person, it is even brighter, more gemmy, and more beautiful. There is a large stone in there of at LEAST 2 carats when cut. It is the best quality matrix emerald I have ever been able to offer in this price range.
ex. Dr. Steve Smale
This is quite simply the best matrix Brazil emerald known, and has been featured on the back cover of Le Regne Minerale in 1998 and in a photo in the Min Record as well. It GLOWS with color. Steve has owned this since the 90s. The pocket was found in 1997 and it was sold to noted french collector Gilles Emmringer. He had one of the best collections of fine quality brazilian gem crystals at the time. Shortly thereafter it was exchanged to Steve Smale. Since its deaccession to Smale, Steve has owned it as one of his marquis gem beryl specimens, well-known from being shown at Tucson and at his home You simply cannot find an equivalent emerald from Colombia or Nigeria , as this rich matrix look remains unique as well. In person, the color is a very glassy and rich hue of green that gem people tell me has a "hint of blue" in it. the result is a very intense color that stands out in brightness form the rather more common , and still expensive, Colombian material. There is simply not another matrix emerald like this, to our knowledge, anywhere on the planet. The piece is large, at 7 x 4.5 x 4 cm overall. The crystal is also of good size at 3.5 cm tall, 2 cm wide, and 1.5 cm thick. It is , again, extremely glassy and bright. the extra color pizzazz contributed by all the small crystals on the side of the central quartz contributes a lot of visual impact and helps to "centre" the eye on the middle. EVEN IF THIS WERE COLOMBIAN , it would fetch a very high price for the aesthetics and color brilliance of the large emerald. The fact that it comes from Brazil, from a mmuch rarer and smaller discovery that seems to have been a on-time occurrence, makes this far more significant than any comparably sized Colombian piece could be, however. I consider myself fortunate that we were able to make an exchange with which we both feel happy (he still has one of the best Colombian matrix emeralds!), to acquire this specimen. It was not for sale, only for trade, in other words. Comes with custom lucite base for easy display.
This huge, pristine, complete-all-around GEM crystal is 690 grams of pure choice heliodor cutting rough! These were mined from an anomolous pod in this old mine, in the 1980s, and are nowe classics hard to find. Large specimens, such as this one, are most often radiated over to aquamarine and cut for the gem value. I am told that, even wholesale, this is worth $20-25k for cutting rough alone. These heliodors, when of this size, simply glow with brilliant and juicy color. This is one of the better large ones out there, to my knowledge, and certainly I have not seen better on the market in some time. Comes with custom lucite display base
A stunning GEM crystal of Aqua from a recent find - not just gemmy, but GEM read-through, glassy, transparent, etc etc. The crystal is complete nad totally pristine except for a small conchoidal break at the back edge of the very bottom 1/2 inch , not visible anyways. It has 2 interesting attributes at its termination: !) minor etching o nthe sides adds minute vertical lines at the edges which reflect light nicely; and 2) it has very unusual, interesting, microcrystalline aquamarines accenting the termination - its an effect I have not seen before, and it adds a lot of sparkle to an otherwise typical basal termination. These are two of the gemmiest, glassiest, large unrepaired aqua singles of this quality that I have ever had the privilege to offer my customers for under 10k. I couldn't believ ehte quality for the price, when they got unpacked - I bought them as a friend travelled through the DFW airport en route to the Denver show, directly from Peshawar.
This is also a stunning GEM crystal of Aqua from a recent find - not just gemmy, but GEM read-through, glassy, transparent, etc etc. The crystal is complete nad totally pristine. It weighs a bit less than the above, but is the same height and has the same visual impact. These are two of the gemmiest, glassiest, large unrepaired aqua singles of this quality that I have ever had the privilege to offer my customers for under 10k. I couldn't believ ehte quality for the price, when they got unpacked - I bought them as a friend travelled through the DFW airport en route to the Denver show, directly from Peshawar.
A beautiful spray of gently curved, 2.7-cm-tall emerald curving up the face of these large, sharp calcites! The piece is very unusual, in its aesthetics, and makes for a very balanced miniature wiht incredibly bright color to it. the sharp form of the calcite contrasts starkly with the classic hexagonal beryl crystals in the middle . The emeralds are a rich and vibrant green, of high gemminess and brightness, and BETTER IN PERSON!
A STUNNING gem crystal of PEACH morganite...often the Afghani morgs ar epink, but this is a rich , and rarer, peach-colored hue that is especially vibrant and treasured. The crystal has exceptional clarity , so you find yourself looking right through it to the matrix adhering to the back of the crystal a bit, which is like a garden of cleavelandite fronds. The intensity of color is as shown, VERY high. Lustre is glassy. And, its up on a natrual pedestal making for a balanced display. For your money in morganite, you get a large crystal, very lustrous, and very gemmy - and I think a relative bargain compared to what these morganites usually go for!
This large specimen is classic Nagar material, and elegantly exhibits a fat, very gemmy, 2 x 2 x 2 inch crystal on a plate of beautiful hexagonal muscovite blades. ALL of the small crystals are equally briht, gemmy, and terminated! the whole piece is pristine! This is a very good bargain for the price, given the size (over 8 inches!)
A very attractive and affordable combination piece for emeralds, with beautiful, lustrous, bright crystals to about 1 cm sitting on a cluster of rhombohedral calcites. I think its especially nice because the emeralds are worth the $$$ on their own, but here we get the bonus of crystallized matrix underneath!
ex. George Elling
Long before the California pegmatites had been discovered, the pegmatites of central Connecticut produced the best beryls and tourmalines in the U.S. This matrix beryl var. morganite, is doubly terminated, translucent, and a pastel pink color. The morganite measures 5.0 cm in length. When properly displayed, a small damaged area is on the back side and is not visible. Gemmy? NO! Significant? YES!
MORE GEMMY in person, please note! This large crystal weighs in at over 300 carats and is complete all around, terminated and with GLASSY lustre on ALL faces. The color is intense! VERY FEW Colombian emeralds reach sizes of this magnitude, and of those a vanishingly small percentage survive "geology" itself in the form of crystals we would want as collectors after millions of years in the ground. Then, they have to survive mining, extraction, and those ruthless jewelers and faceters who break up lovely crystals for a sliver of rough inside. Can you imagine the value on the lapidary market, particularly in Asia and in the auction houses, of a huge emerald bird or buddha carved from this thing?! I have seen lapidary carvings from previous gem crystals sell for fortunes, more than we would ever pay as a specimen. Thankfully, this crystal has a kinder fate. This is a phenomenal crystal that is obviously somethng significant...and fine, as well. There IS a difference, and the line is not fuzzy at all with this specimen. I bought and SOLD THIS IN MID-2006 and just obtained it back recently, still feeling it is one of the biggest and most impressive such crystals I can obtain today as well. (65 grams or approx. 325 carats)
A very rare and oddball locality piece, said to be from the early 1900s. These two specimens were exchanged from the Natural History Museum in Sofia by dealer Keith Williams, when he was over there buying minerals in the early 1990s as this region was opening up to the specimen trade. I have not seen others.
A very rare and oddball locality piece, said to be from the early 1900s. These two specimens were exchanged from the Natural History Museum in Sofia by dealer Keith Williams, when he was over there buying minerals in the early 1990s as this region was opening up to the specimen trade. I have not seen others. Still "dirty" with pocket material adhering, but it provided a nice archaic look, and so i did not clean it
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