Ruby on Marble
Miniature, 4.7 x 4.6 x 3.2 cm
Jagdalek, Saroby, Afghanistan

A fine miniature from the 1990s production here, and out of the noted collection of Dr. Ed David (former Nixon science advisor). The main crystal is actually doubly-terminated, and floats in the matrix perfectly situated for contrast by the preparator who worked it out. the crystal is sharp, textbook in form; and has an intense red color and classic waxy luster. It has one very clean repair in the middle, considered acceptable to me in a ruby of this size and quality, as it had to be worked out of the matrix to display as nicely as it does. Note the shocking fluorescence under ultraviolet light, as a bonus. Joe Budd Photos.