Merelani Mines, Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania
Thumbnail, 2.4 x 1.3 x 1.0 cm
A stunning, totally gemmy crystal weighing in at 36.5cts of pure gem rough quality cutting material. This crystal is razor sharp and glassy. Interestingly, it is composed of two crystals in parallel growth, and so the termination is more appealing than the typical "singles" you might expect in a thumbnail example of this species.The blue color is a normal color saturation, and the purple is richer than usual, especially in a smaller crystal size. The piece exhibits a third color on the vertical axis, more pink-lavender than the deep red common in larger crystals. Still, this third color is present and marks it as natural and unheated. Joe Budd Photos