Ruby With Sphene
Miniature, 4.7 x 3.2 x 2.0 cm
Mogok, Burma

Emplaced aesthetically, high on a white marble matrix, is a waxy, very lustrous and gemmy ruby crystal which measures 1.5 cm in length. The color, a classic pigeon's blood red, and the gemminess, are both outstanding. In fact, this is the premier desired color of historic rubies from this famous "Valley of Rubies" and pieces of this color satuyration would, and could still, be used to make excellent cabochon jewels in particular. For added effect, there is also a crystallized, translucent, untwinned titanite crystal measuring 1.5 cm across situated on the marble next to the ruby - a rare combination! The mass of the whole specimen is 33 grams. 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.