Blue Topaz
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 4.5 x 2.4 cm
Xanda Mine, Virgem de Lupa, MG Brazil
Ex. George Elling

The single most famous pocket of Blue Topaz on earth is surely this find which came out in the 1969 pocket of purple Hydroxylherderites (see Bancroft's famous book Gem & Crystal Treasures for a great story on both finds), nearly 50 years ago! The crystals are immediately recognizable for their special color and shape, as you see here - although it is better in person. This crystal is quite gemmy, brilliantly lustrous, and has the special termination that characterised this one pocket. It is a known pocket, so you do not have to worry about whether the topaz crystals were irradiated in a lab to turn them blue. Small bits of muscovite are included within, which is interesting up close. 142 grams. From the gem crystal classics collection of George Elling of NJ.