Corundum (Var: Ruby)
Small Cabinet, 8.4 x 7.8 x 6.4 cm
Mogok, Sagaing District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)

A rather large ruby crystal in matrix, measuring almost exactly 3 cm long, and perched beautifully in a well-trimmed matrix of marble. This ruby crystal is doubly-terminated, with sharp trigons at each end. Such large, equant rubies are rare. Usually they pinch off, break, or just do not form on one end. A large doubly-terminated crystal like this should be considered unusual and valued highly. The pigeon-blood red color is excellent and this is classic for Mogok material - now quite hard to come by because of both the embargo on this nations government and because easy mining has stripped away much of the deposit and it is harder now to find things such as this. Ex. Graw Collection.