Corundum (Var: Sapphire)
Small Cabinet, 5.4 x 5.2 x 4.0 cm
Ganesh, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan

Here is an excellent matrix Sapphire specimen that came out of Pakistan about 10 years ago. The locality at Ganesh is one of the oldest and more renowned Sapphire/Ruby localities in the world, and has long produced some amazing specimens. The crystals on this particular specimen are sharp, lustrous and well-formed with pinkish color and are aesthetically sitting atop Calcite matrix. The largest crystal measures up to 1.2 cm long. The Sapphires show a color shift from a purplish-pink in indoor lighting to more of a pure pink color outdoors. These specimens are not coming out nearly as frequently as they have in the past. Ex. Richard Kosnar Collection.