Beryl Var. Heliodor
Wolodarsk-Wolynskii, Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukraine
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm
A classic from this ancient topaz mine, heliodor is occasionally found in gem crystal cavities ("pods") as well. It is actually difficult to find smaller, good heliodor of this style from the locality. Most are large and altered by solution processes in the pocket into rounded lumps at the ends - this process probably having eliminated most of the smaller crystals over time. This piece is approximately 30 grams. It has one of the sharpest terminations I have ever seen of the material! The color is a pleasing yellow golden color with not too much green, as some are. luster and reflections are brilliant, like glass. Joe Budd Photos.