Ratnapura district, Sri Lanka
Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 6.4 x 3.8 cm
This is actually a rather remarkable specimen, due to both its size (and mass at 166 grams) and the preservation of crude crystal habit in the shape. This is a famous locale for so many species of gem crystals, that one can forget it was once also important for samples of native graphite. Today, one rarely sees them on the market - and I imagine few good ones are kept even when found, given that sapphires and rubies are so obviously more valuable to the miners. So, I was quite happy to find this specime, which I consider as remarkable as any sapphire I have offered from here, and perhaps more rare.