This heliodor has superb lemon-yellow color and luster. The upper portion of the crystal is transparent and could be facetted. It is from a small pocket of remarkably fine crystals found last summer - most crystals from here are etched by natural solutions after formation and it is VERY VERY rare to find a non-corroded crystal of such quality in these deposits. This crystal is complete, though shows some very minor surface etching of the flat faces. In person it is quite translucent, even transparent in portions.
Glassy and gemmy with superb lemon yellow color, this heliodor also exhibits complexly bevelled, pyramidal faces at the termination. It looks like a yellow bullet! MUCH MUCH better and gemmier and more lustrous in person because it is transparent, and the camera has a hard time of it.
Seldom do you see aquas from anywhere but Shigar in Pakistan with such lustre to them, and color at the same time. This is an intensely blue crystal that looks richly included by albite in the photo, but ACTUALLY you are looking right through a ft 2-inches of almsot totally transparent, gem-grade, mostly clean crystal to see the little albite rosettes on the BACK of the specimen, here. Thats how clean it is. The camera is trying to focus THROUGH the crystal to the albite association coating on the back side (they are little discrete clusters of bladed albite crystals, stark white in person). The crystal cluster is complete all around 360 degrees, without damage, which I find remarkable. Also, its a floater...meaning it broke off in the pocket at some point from the "mother rock" and solution healed over the break on the bottom, as well - so its doubly-terminated although the bottom termination is flat and dull compared to the top. Lastly, its a very interesting piece visually because of the curving "phantom" zones within both crystals caused by albite and schorl inclusions during growth of the top zone. The terminations are lustrous and window-clear, so its very interesting to look down through them at the curving zone of slight inclusions beneath, which I think could have been a detraction in most cases but in this case really does add to the overall pizzazz of the specimen. It is difficult to convey in photos...MUCH better in person. Comes with custom-made lucite base. Weight is 385 grams
The pictures convey that this is gemmy and transparent throughout, so gemmy at over 1 inch thick that it is absolutely no barrier at all to reading small print of a book through the whole length of the crystal! This is nearly a floater, complete all around and terminated on both ends, with only a small attachment point on the lower portion of the back-left face as shown here (a small 2 cm tall x 1 cm wire and perhaps 4mm deep diagonal depression in the crystal surface with a bit of attached albite in the crevasse. The termination has some weird minor etching effects around its periphery, but 100% is not worn or damaged. A gem crystal of this magnitude, complete and doubly-terminated, and NOT repaired , is a rare jewel indeed. Weight is 234 grams
This specimen is a floater, COMPLETE and terminated all around with all three of the quartzes even doubly-terminated. The bottom termination on the emerald is rough, but its a termination. The piece must have gronw rapidly in pocket and then fallen from the matrix, while solution of emerald was still flowing through to cap off and continue growth on the once-broken termination at bottom. The top faces are sharp and lustrous, ingrown with the diagonally-attached quartzes (again, all doubly-terminated!). I had a big doubt when I got offered this down in Brazil that, for the size and aspect, it could be from Brumado. Yet, there are two characteristic Brumado-style magnesite crystals perched off the bottom-right hand face of the emerald. Also, to prove it further, there are a few 5mm, green, disc-shaped uvite crystals present (on the left , attached to the emerald; and another included inside the left tip of the upwards-pointing quartz crystal). Aside from a very clean (nearly invisible!) repair at about the 3/4-up point, it is pristine and complete all around with no damage. It is not gemmy, but it is definitely green - and 4 inches tall. A very surprising, unique style for a Brumado beryl, striking because it is just so different from the norm. Weight is 123 grams
The color is great, the lustre is top quality, the clarity is like a gem, totally clean and clear...you just could not ask for more in a classic Russian heliodor of this size. From a freak gem pod encountered in the late 1980s, these are modern classics but few are arou ndthe market these days having been absrbed into collections or (close your ears!) butchered for cuttting rough. When heat-treated, these turn into luscious blue aquamarine crystals which can be cut at a much higher price than heliodor gem rough goes for - henec the reason that there are fewer of the crystals every year. I know of many sold for the purpose of treating and cutting, sadly. Weight is 27 grams
This very pink, very gemmy morganite is from a small pocket collected in 1996. It is a large thumbnail, strictly speakin ga toenail or small miniature. It is MUCH better in person than the photos suggest, very bright and pink in color (not the typical pale hue of East Coast pink beryls). It is complete all around top and sides, contacted and flat on the bottom. A rare East Coast locality specimen! From the specialized Maine thumbnail collection of Jim Mann. (although a small miniature, this squeezes into a TN box when mounted diagonally).
This yellow-green beryl (perhaps properly called heliodor more than aquamarine) is from the classic Strickland Quarry, and crystals of this size and gemminess have not been found there in decades. The crystal is fully terminated, with a step atop, which is rare - most are broken, repaired, and ugly! This is actually a beautiful crystal that would be at home in any collection of US gem classics. From the noted Connecticut collection of Bruce Jarnot, to me in trade perhaps 4-5 years ago.
This is a slender 1.1-cm-tall emerald crystal, incredibly gemmy (especially for this locality), glassy, and perched on quartz matrix! I find it the finest emerald on matrix I have seen for here, gram for gram basis, and am so tempted to trim it down to a crazy-sexy thumbnail...but it also looks good as a miniature. A classic. I got this in a collection dating to about 1984 at latest, so it is from old finds here and not modern mining efforts. This is amll perhaps, but it is REALLY choice.
The crystal here is VERY GLASSY and has a high color saturation, for an aqua from Shengus. It measures 9 x 3.5 x 3 cm in size and rises majestically from the matrix. The crystal is complete ALL AROUND, 360-degrees, except for a few absolutely tiny dings on one edge of the top termination that have been smoothed over with a miute bit of color-matched epoxy filling (not that it can be seen). This dramatic piece looks like it should cost far more, in my opinion, but I got it as a fixer upper straight from the mine. After cleaning and repair (it has one very tight contact-join repair near the base) it presents as a dramatic speicmen because the 9-cm-tall aqua is perched on CRYSTALLIZED matrix, for startling contrast not just in color but in crystal form as well. This piece is from the same pocket as the specimen below, with interesting feldspar that is often etched. This piece is one of the few from the pocket I have seen with feldspar crystals in full euhedral form, and the effect of contrast is, as i said, very dramatic. The specimen overall is MORE 3-D than it appears, as well. So, overall, I consider this a bargain. It LOOKS like it should be worth double, to my eye.Comes with custom engraved lucite base, for easy display.
NO REPAIRS! NO DAMAGE! 360 DEGREES DISPLAY! nearly pristine! This is a stunning, 3-dimensional piece that is as close to a work of natural sculpture as you can ask for an aquamarine matrix piece. The large crystal is 8 cm tall (over 3 inches), 3 x 2.2 cm wide and thick. All crystals have GLASSY lustre and an intense color to them, partly reinforced by an internal "phantom crystal" within them, that goes up to the midpoint of each crystal. The top halves are, then, totally gemmy. I just cannot rave on about the piece enough. It is so rare to get such a nicely displayed spread of aquas, of this size, on contrasting matrix. What is more, the matrix is not just "rock" but rather is crystallized feldspar, as well. This is a specimen from a now-famous pocket found about a year and a half ago in late 2005, that was held back for trimming and cleaning. It was only just recently brought to market, in other words, though the pocket was found some time ago and now I have seen others from the find for sake of comparison. This one would be one of the very top specimens of the find. Comes with custom engraved lucite base, for easy display.
ex. Dr. Edward David
WEIGHT= 650 grams This is one of only a dozen or so great pieces to be preserved from this most famous Aqua find of modern era! All went into major collections, and this is one of the few of those that may ever be available again. And, you know i normally dont get excited about big single gem xls. this thing GLOWS and has the juiciest deepest richest blue color chacteristic from the famous Medina pocket of 1997. 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" there. This piece doesn't COST six figures, but it is borderline: by which I mean that I could easily see a few other dealers putting a 100k tag on it, and not bat an eye. I just do not happen to NEED that price, in the amortization as I priced this collection. It is the kind of piece that, looking down the road, I can easily see as an investment in that it will be six-figs quite reasonably before too many years, when another collector enters the market and wants one of these baseball-bat-styled gem crystals for a major collection. In fact, I have seen a similarly-sized piece in the mid-six figure range this year from one other source - a slightly fatter, but shorter specimen from the same group of the original find. There just isn't anywhere else to go to get one, and they are "crown jewels" of any highest-tier gem collection, so the price and value can only go up with time. I would not say this for any big aqua, but the Medinas have a special internal vibrance and color to them and are recognized universally as being a quality and rarity above the normal big aqua single. Despite the size, one wonders if there are compromises being made to obtain such a large Medina aqua here: the answer is NO. The quality is every bit as good as what you can ever hope to get from the find; 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 impactful. The strength (and the problem) with the material from this find is that it is all gemmy and thus intrinsic gem rough value is very high: so the good part is that makes them beautiful. The flip side is that this makes them "cutters" of obvious and easily realized value to the miners. Most specimens WERE cut at the time of discovery, in fact.. Thus, Wayne Thompson, when he bought the specimens from the pocket in Brazil , had to pay gem rough prices for them by carat weight (5 carats per gram). What Wayne bought is what was saved from destruction and use in the gem trade. They cut big, beautiful stones. Few survived for our market, and a certain percentage of those have even been cut since for the large rough in them. This one was one of two pieces sold to Ed David the year they came out. I just cannot say in words how much this gemmy monster DOMINATES a showcase with color and intensity. Especially when lit from above, it glows like a fiber-optic cable. The price, by the way, translates into the low $20's per carat, and for this quality of cutting or carving rough , this is not a bad intrinsic valuation at all. I nfact, it is a very high percentage of the specimen value compared to most gem crystals in cutting vs. specimen valuations. Comes with custom engraved lucite base, for easy display.
ex. Dr. Edward David
ex. Russell Behnke
A gorgeous small cab specimen featuring the very rare and desirable association of intense gemmy green emeralds on the black calcite, which enhances the green hue of the emeralds visually! The emeralds measure about 1.5 cm each and have not only top color (as with the above specimen) but a glassy lustre that is off the charts, literally the glaassiest surfaces I have seen on an emerald. They are solidly anchored in the calcite, and fully terminated. Pieces of this calibre are uncommon to say the least, and you often have to worry about fakes (though not in this case, as you can see how the calcites overgrew and anchor in the emeralds). Ed had very few gem crystals, and favored beryls - this was one of just 3 emeralds in the colletion, and was purchased by him in 1997. To this day, so far as i know, few black-calcite-matrix pieces have come out since then.
WOW. This incredible dramatic specimen, about 13 inches across, is just amazing to me in that it survived the aeons. I think the aesthetics speak for itself. The small inclusions you see are casued by microlite, taken into the crystals during growth. The piece has one repair about the midpoint, and I actually purchased it in two portions - and we only then found they went together in somewhat of a minor miracle! The two portions had come apart in geologic time, and were separated in the pocket when it was found, not realized to connect. There is a small discontinuity to the smoothness at the join because, over time, aquamarine recrystallized minutely over the break and so each half has a few millimeters of extra growth added after the break. When they were rejoined, we left this slight dip at the join as illustrative of the natural processes which form such impressive large pegmatite specimens, rather than grind down the secondary growth to make a perfectly smooth fit. Elsewhere, the pieces fit together semalessly, and you would not even know it was repaired if I did not tell you. It is a LARGE and very striking piece, geometrically, and I think one of the more impressive beryls to come out of here, for sheer visual appeal.
ex. Dr. Eugene Meieran
WEIGHT= 223 grams A simply superb, 100% GEMMY and TRANSPARENT, complete floater crystal from famous finds here at the Jacqueto mine, that have trickled out over time. Comes with custom engraved lucite base, for easy display.
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