Mogok Valley Zone, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)
Thumbnail, larger: 2.0 x 0.6 x 0.4 cm; smaller :1.3 x 0.8 x 0.8 cm
Ex. William (Bill) Larson

WOW! These are spectacular gem Zircons from Burma, or anywhere! We (meaning everybody here in the building) were literally stunned when Rob showed us the box as a cut and rough and only after pointed out that it was not a cut and rough set, but two single gem zircon crystals of natural form (echoing his own surprise when he saw them for the first time). Have you ever seen Zircon crystals like this, with gem clarity, glassy luster, sublime color zonation and perfection in form?! The larger, 2 cm long, bi-colored Zircon is utterly spectacular with its sharp, textbook, tetragonal form and complete water-like transparency. The top half of the crystal is a pretty golden olive-brown and the pyramidal termination is super sharp, while the opposing end is a gorgeous medium raspberry color (not terminated on bottom where it looks like a contact point, but it is gemmy right to the bottom). For added aesthetics, the prism faces have subtle, growth hillocks that enhance the appearance of the piece with detail up close. The smaller, 1.4 cm Zircon is maybe even more shocking - it literally looks like a faceted gemstone! It features a myriad of crystal faces that make it appear faceted, but they are just remarkably well-formed crystal faces - and it is gem clear too! This perfectly doubly-terminated floater crystal exhibits a rich, golden-amber hue and is completely transparent. There is only a very small point of contact in one area on the back where it was attached to another mineral that is no longer present. Never have we seen such an exquisite pair of Zircon crystals in one place, and BOTH are worthy thumbnails for any high level collection! These are available as a set only. These have a mass of 2.3 and 2.0 grams respectively. These must be among the most shockingly unusual and surprising gem species thumbnails any of us have seen, they are that special. Yes, a lot of hyperbole for such small items but....well, they are what they are. Studio photo by Mark Mauthner.