Corundum var. Ruby
Kyet-saung-taung /Twindaw-gyi, Thabeikkyin Township, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)
Miniature, 3.7 x 1.4 x 1.3 cm
Ex. William (Bill) Larson
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This is another highly interesting ruby from the Larson collection of Burma minerals: an irregularly shaped, part gem, bi-colored Burmese Ruby crystal with great waxy luster. It's difficult to describe its morphology as it is elongate and seemingly prismatic; however, the the prism faces are offset and discontinuous along its length and there is a crudely developed pinacoid at one end and a point at the other (all jargon speak for - very strangely grown!). The Ruby is two-toned red and purple with each color having gem areas; and then of course there is it's incredible luster. It's unusually long relative to its width with a crudely hexagonal outline. The Larson collection has preserved a number of such unusual mineral specimen examples of these gem species, that we seldom see. This variegated beauty has a mass of 13.2 grams.

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