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. 7 x 4.5 x 4 cm
As just a gem aquamarine perfectly set in a large, euhedral crystal of orthoclase, this specimen would have been nice enough. But there is more: at the back side of the termination, you can see a small raised extention; this is actually the termination of a slender crystal which formed first, and became the seed of the larger crystal, so that now you have a crystal-in-crystal! You can see the engulfed crystal right through the super-clear gem quality larger crystal, running down its back side! Look at this through a magnifying glass when you receive it and you will be as astonished as I am! The main crystal is gemmy, undamaged and perfectly terminated, and measures 3 cm top to bottom. 4.5 x 3.6 x 3.2 cm
ex. Marilyn Dodge
With such good color, gemminess, and form, this would be a great emerald specimen from anywhere modern; but to have such from an old classic locality in the Urals makes this a true killer. It is also a 3-dimensional and well balanced thumbnail of exceptional showiness and color. It is the gemmiest such crystal I have seen for the locality. It is glassy as all get-out and is complete all around. Pics just do not do it justice!
ex. Kevin Brown
A fine miniature from the 1976-1977 find here, brought out by dealer Tony Jones. I got it from a collection about 6 years ago and Tony validated it was one of his (and it still had his label, too). These are VERY rare on the market!!! And this is a failry large specimen
This is an incredible example of the species, with exceptionally large spherical aggregates of crystals to 7 mm in size. Bavenite is a rare beryllium minerals! What is more, this rich crystallization is perched ATOP A TERMINATED AQUAMARINE CRYSTAL! (if you turn it over, it looks just fine as an aqua).
A sharp hexagonal 4 x 3 x 2.75 cm crystal, plush pink color, set atop unusual crystallized matrix - I am making a guess that it is quartz-coated lepidolite, or perhaps quartz-infused or quartz-replaced muscovite or lepidolite. The matrix is odd. Sculptural, trimmed nicely, oddly interesting! This crystal is unusually transparent for the find. The photos in the bottom row show strong backlighting vs normal lighting.
A sharp hexagonal 4 x 2.75 x 2.5 cm crystal, plush pink color, set atop unusual crystallized matrix - I am making a guess that it is quartz-coated lepidolite, or perhaps quartz-infused or quartz-replaced muscovite or lepidolite. The matrix is odd. Sculptural, trimmed nicely, oddly interesting! This crystal is unusually transparent for the find. The photos in the bottom row show both sides of this freestanding, dramatic crystal. I LOVE the matrix on this one, whatever it turns out to be.
A large, hefty, compostite crystal of translucent morganite with a rich pink color. This is a FLOATER, complete all around with no attachment points. It fell off its matrix in olden days, but the old contact point has been covered by new crystallization, thus making it a true floater. Looks too pretty for $500 ?! It has some damage to the top apex, and to the right of it, but the damage is shallow and really doesn't show too much when displayed.
A sharp hexagonal 5.25 x 2.75 x 2.2 cm crystal, plush pink color, set atop snowy blades of crystallized cleavelandite matrix Beautiful specimen, perfectly sized and balanced small cabinet...with a 2-inch gem morganite smack in the middle! The crystal is complete on BOTH sides, freestanding, and undamaged. I could not buy this in Afghanistan today for the price...
This specimen jumps out at us, as an unusually brilliantly glassy, lustrous morganite crystal . It has stunning water-clear transparent zones mixed with the intergrown cleavelandite matrix. There is a small bit of damage to the upper-left, almost out of sight to the back edge, and the front is otherwise complete. Actually, the crystal is a composite crystal with other faces poking out in back, and is almost a floater - completely crystallized all around. Again, the transparency and internal brilliance is STUNNING...and in person you can look right through to the internal matrix inclusions.
A dramatic specimen with a 6 x 5 x 2.25 cm , sharp hexagonal morganite perched amidst crystallized cleavelandite blades. The color here is a pleasing light pink, a little bit better than the photos show. The crystal is complete, totally transparent and gemmy, so that you can see through to the matrix behind!
This is a FLOATER, complete all around with no attachment points. It is slightly etched on some front faces, but complete. It fell off its matrix in olden days, but the old contact points on back been covered by new crystallization, thus making it a true floater and complete all around. Fine example of a good Afghani morganite for the price, I think.
A sharp hexagonal 4 x 3.5 x 3 cm crystal, plush pink color, set atop crystallized cleavelandite matrix as if nestled into snow. I like the aesthetics on this one very much! The crystal is freestanding, clean and complete all around on the back as well. It is obviously gemmy, transparent, and has a good pink color to it. Quite a fine small cab, for the price, I think.
A sharp hexagonal 5.25 x 3 x 2 cm crystal, plush pink color, set atop crystallized cleavelandite matrix as if nestled into snow. I like the aesthetics on this one very much, as with the above, for the stark contrast of the sharp gemmy hexagon atop to the random-ordered white blades below! The piece is complete all around (top and second rows of photos shows front and back views). The crystal is freestanding, clean and complete all around on the back as well. It is obviously gemmy, transparent, and has a good pink color to it. The shape is RAZORSHARP showing not even minor contact or etching. for the price, I think, I could not replace this in Afghanistan now that it is trimmed up!
An unusual crystal measuring 5 x 5 x 4 cm, the size of a tangerine, just stuck there unlikely as it is, atop tentacles of albite and cleavelandite matrix. It is fat and unusually "round" in apperance, but it DOES have all the faces there. Internally it is pink with some unusual white wispy patches I cannot explain and have not seen before the like of (perhaps included matrix deep within?). The crystals is translucent to light, but not gemmy/transparent, so this is likely the explanation and those white patches are NOT surface defects. Note that the color in real life is perhaps 20% less pink than these photos show.
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