Emerald on Calcite
Cosquez Mine, Boyaca Dept., Columbia
Miniature, 4.6 x 3.2 x 2.6 cm
A central 3.2 x 1.4 x 1.2 cm emerald crystal, translucent and gemmy, sits amidst a nest of stark white calcite. Importantly the calcite is crystallized - the best kind of matrix on these. The emerald has a very gemmy tip, and the rest of the crystal is quite translucent. It is a medium green in color, by gem dealer standards, but this is a color that I find very pleasing and fine for a specimen. As well, the contrast of white on green is dramatic. Long in the collection of Steven Sinotte and Rebecca Stewart, they bought this directly from one of the sources, and I agree with their feeling that this is a very special, balanced, display miniature. There are many emeralds to be had, and choosing one requires a compromise of gemminess, color, aesthetics, matrix, etc... this piece really has most qualities you would want, and for the price range I thought a very impressive specimen