LB-575
Corundum var. Sapphire
$23,500.00
Miniature, 4.0 x 2.1 x 1.9 cm
Mogok Valley Zone, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)
Ex. William (Bill) Larson

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This is an extraordinary and substantial, doubly-terminated, hexagonal Burmese Sapphire crystal that has perfect textbook symmetry. This 60.2 gram Sapphire crystal is an amazing 4 cm in length and 2.1 cm across at the middle which is impressive for Burma or anywhere. It's form is interesting in that it has the normal pyramidal termination at one end and has a bifurcated termination with two points at the other end. It has very sharp and well-defined crystal faces and edges with some slight etching on the crystal faces resulting in a glassy to satiny luster. It's very gemmy throughout its entire length and displays a sublime medium blue color to most of the body, graduating to whitish at the very end of one of the paired terminations. Phenomenal specimen crystal, there is also a survival story here! Without mineral collectors on the ground to buy these quickly and at the price they can get for gem rough, such crystals are quickly cut. This is exactly the kind of material that is heated and/or irradiated to enhance color, and goes into the gem trade supply, which would have been a real tragedy in this case. Mineral collecting literally rescues such gem crystals from oblivion!
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