Imperial Topaz
Thumbnail, 2.8 x 1.3 x 1.0 cm
Karengerenge village, Solwezi District, North-Western Province, Zambia

First-rate and rather splendid, this orange-amber (almost Imperial) Topaz from Karengerenge village in Zambia is one of the best I have seen from there. The color is bright and uniform, and the luster excellent. The complex termination adds interest, and the crystal, which is much better in person, is gemmy throughout. A top thumbnail for this location. These came out at the Munich show perhaps 6-7 years ago, and I bought this in a small lot at the time, of which Jim Houran had the first pick. We thought them highly unusual, and time has proved that assumption correct as no more came out after that year.