Beryl Var. Heliodor
Miniature, 5.0 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm
Karelia Beryl Mine pegmatite, Kannatsalo, Southern Karelia, Etela-Suomen Laani, Finland

Collector Peter Lyckberg shocked us a few years ago (in 2004) when he brought out a widely-reviewed small pocket of etched gem heliodor crystals from this remote mine. Only a few ever hit the market, and this was a superb miniature he kept back in his private collection before parting with it in exchange to me at the Munich show in around 2006-2007. I sold it right away, and got it back recently as that collector's tastes are changing. Hefty at 108 grams, there is sizable carving value here. It is a beautiful and unique heliodor with glowing color. See MINDAT for more reference on this obscure locality: Joe Budd photos