Spinel in marble
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Miniature, 3.8 x 3.5 x 2.4 cm
Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Myanmar
Ex. Herb Obodda
Matrix specimens of Spinel are uncommon, and really good quality crystals on matrix are difficult to find. This piece hosts a classic Burmese "Ruby Spinel" crystal with sharp, lustrous, octahedral faces and a gemmy to translucent, bright pinkish-red color. The crystal measures a full cm across and sits atop a matrix of massive white Calcite, as is typical for this locality. The piece is very fine and aesthetic for the material, and certainly not easily replaced in this market.