Beryl (Var: Emerald), Calcite
Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi Mining District, Boyaca Department, Colombia
Miniature, 4.9 x 3.4 x 3.4 cm
These gem emeralds from Columbia are WONDERFULLY gemmy and saturated with the best green color! There are actually four crystals here - two very small, and two quite sizeable. The largest measures just over 1 cm across the termination in the "long" direction. All of the terminations are perfect and undamaged! You can see the contacts on the bottom part of the crystals, where they grew against matrix, but the tops are perfect and un-contacted. They stand out beautifully against the stark white calcite (which is a real crystal, not just lump rock!) Such associations are uncommon in a good price range, and the color here is eye-popping.