Corundum Var. Ruby
Sivec marble quarries, Sivec Mountain, Prisad, Prilep Municipality, North Macedonia
Miniature, 3.7 x 3.5 x 1.5 cm

This is a significant, near floater, euhedral, ruby crystal. It is complete all around and has a sharp form distinct from that of other localities for rubies. It has great color, translucence (when backlit, it practically "glows"), luster, and size. That it is from a centuries old location whose name had all but disappeared from the literature, only adds to its mystique and beauty. I buy them when they turn up, and this is one of the best I can say I have seen for both size and quality. This area was formerly part of Greece, until separation in 2018.