Topaz and Quartz on Albite
Cabinet, 12.5 x 12.5 x 9.0 cm
Dassu, Gilgit, Pakistan
A magnificent specimen with a gemmy, intensely colored crystal poking straight up from a matrix of contrasting colors. This is one of the finest large topaz specimens, for overall aestetics and import, that we have seen; and rates highly amongst the "famous and known" pieces out there. It is pristine and complete all around save only one tiny chip on a right edge (which can be filled, but is so inconsequential I left it rather than label the piece restored for such a minor thing). The color, luster, and size of this matrix topaz all combine to make it imposing, but it is the overall unlikely combination, and the fact that there are no repairs, that make this go to the next level. Joe Budd Photos.