Corundum var. Ruby
Mogok Valley Zone, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)
Thumbnail, 1.9 x 1.6 x 0.8 cm
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An important specimen and a remarkably attractive, zoned Ruby crystal from the Mogok Valley with a highly unusual shape to it: tabular and starkly hexagonal like a textbook drawing of a crystalline corundum. This competition level thumbnail specimen has a near perfect hexagonal outline and great luster. It also has two smaller companion crystals, the larger (9 mm) one in parallel growth and the smaller one (7 mm) growing at a shallow angle off the other. All three crystals are transparent to translucent with a larger pink central area and a thin reddish pink rim that accentuates the clarity and transparency of the core. The overall result is a ruby thumbnail that stands out from all the others to the eye in a showcase, not only because it has a stunning color but because of the overall look of it. It is hard to say how unique this is, without holding it, but the video helps convey this, I hope. It has a mass of 4.4 grams and displays great fluorescence as an extra bonus!