Beryl (Var: Heliodor)
Small Cabinet, 7.5 x 4.0 x 3.8 cm
Andriamena Commune, Tsaratanana District, Betsiboka Region, Mahajanga (Majunga) Province, Madagascar
This strange etched heliodor crystal is the first and only such I have seen from here. It is actually terminated, if crudely by contact it seems, on the top. The sides uniformly consist of terraced edges which bow in and out from toop to bottom of the crystal. I would guess that it lay horizontally in the pocket, to achieve such uniform etching effects along the c axis, but who knows? it is REALLY strange - not in an ugly way, but in a good way of being all the more interesting - in person. It weighs in at 900 carats, or 180 grams. 7.5 x 4 x 3.8 cm