Spinel on Marble
Cabinet, 10.3 x 7.5 x 5.7 cm
Pein Pyit, Mogok, Burma

A single, highly lustrous, well formed crystal of dark purple-colored spinel, measuring 3.5 cm in length, is emplaced majestically on a crudely crystalline, white marble matrix. Admittedly, there is some very minor contact (asymmetry but not damage, rather due to growth contact) to the termination, but the form, size and luster overcome that small flaw at this price and it is a rare matrix spinel of this style, for the district. From the Burma collection of "Burma Bill" Larson, who has for decades brought out gems and then minerals as this region opened up to the trade in specimens.

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