Beryl (Var: Emerald), Calcite
Muzo Mine, Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopi Mining District, Boyaca Department, Colombia
Miniature, 4.0 x 3.8 x 2.8 cm
This glowing green emerald crystal is as thick as a finger and very dramatic. 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 luster and a rich color that is very desirable 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.