- Spinel on Marble
- Small Cabinet, 9.5 x 5.3 x 4.6 cm
- Pein-pyit, Pein-pyit Zone, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)
- Ex. William (Bill) Larson
Several stunning dark red Spinels grace the host matrix on this fantastic piece from the Mogok Stone Track of Burma. It is like two specimens in one! On one side there is an isolated, perfectly formed, gemmy to translucent, deep red, Spinel octahedron that measures 1.9 cm on edge with two-thirds of the crystal exposed on the ultra-contrasting white matrix. However, on the opposing side is a cluster of two gemmy red Spinels in parallel growth, one of which is a Macle Twin! These two crystals are similarly exposed on the granular white marble with the larger crystal 1.7 cm on edge and the Macle Twin at 1.3 cm. There is another, isolated, 6 mm Spinel near one end and a 2.5 mm crystal on the other. All of the Spinels on this showy piece are a rich red with gem areas that have attractive bright red internal reflections, and all of the crystals glow vivid red in long wave UV light. Studio photos courtesy of Mark Mauthner. UV Photo by Tom Campbell.