Small Cabinet, 8.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 cm
Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Ex. Richard Heck
Rising up from its sugary, calcite matrix, are two magnificent, glassy and gemmy, crystals of danburite to 8.5 cm in length. Although the crystals are colorless, they do exhibit the faintest hint of pink in fluorescent lighting. The danburites from Charcas are arguably the world's best of species for quality and gemminess both. The crystals are pristine save for a narrow conchoidal fracture on the back side of the termination, on the smaller crystal. The slightly irregular termination atop the larger crystal looks jagged at first glance but quite clearly in person is not damage, but rather some interesting little growth patterns on that edge of the termination. this would be from find of the early 1980s. It is a superb, 3-dimensional specimen that has a lot more "bling" than most of these. If not for the damage at the back of the lesser termination, it would cost far more (like quadruple the price). Even so, it displays well from front and is a beautiful piece in the case, of a quality so hard to obtain for this species. Today's modern finds of the material here simply do not have the glassiness and luster.