Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 3.0 x 2.5 cm
Colatina, Espirito Santo, Brazil
Chrysoberyl from this old locality is almost always twinned. This cluster was trying to do that, but the dominant crystal just kept on going and so this is, for my taste, much more special and dramatic than the often clunky twinned sixlings. The large central crystal is either untwinned or part of a truncated twin where its partner just didn't grow out. Either way, the freestanding look of a large gemmy chrysoberyl from here, is just something I have never seen around. The luster and sharpness of the termination are outstanding, and it has quite a lot of gemminess to it as well. The piece is complete, all around. I sold this last in around 2003 and relished the chance to reacquire it recently. This specimen was featured in the exhibition "MINERAL DREAMS: Brazilian Gem treasures" at the Munich show of 2010. It is a major example of the species, if not the biggest.Joe Budd Photos