Phenakite on Smoky Quartz
Miniature, 4.8 x 3.5 x 2.6 cm
Cache, Mogok, Burma

This specimen, in person, looks much more complex and mesmerizing. For my taste, it is one of the better miniature sized examples of this species I have seen, because of the balance and association. It features a nearly 3-cm-long gem phenakite crystal perched on a tree-like smoky quartz, that comes to a stepped, sharp termination. The whole quartz point is complete all around. The termination is accented be small gem phenakites at its tip, and behind like bracing struts. The aesthetics are striking, and the contrast of white on dark makes the piece MUCH more appealing to my eye than the rest of these specimens I saw, which are generally white phenakite on white matrix. This exceptional miniature was cherry-picked by a European friend travelling in Burma, who has obtained and exported much of this material over the years. They only come from very tough rock, mined with hand tools, and in very small pockets.

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