Ruby (Chatoyant)
Mogok District, Burma
Miniature, 3.5 x 3.3 x 1.4 cm
Ex. Dr. Ed David
This is a superb single crystal of ruby, unusually well formed in hexagonal shape with waxy luster. It probably has considerable value as carving rough because of the natural chatoyance, in which the color shifts between more red and more lavender in different lighting. It is opaque, but has zones of translucency. My catalogue shows that Ed paid $7500 to Bill Larson for this in 2000, to pry it out of his personal Burma collection. A better value, now, amortized in the collection!