LB-260
Pezzottaite
Molo Village, Momeik Township, Kyaukme District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)
Miniature, 3.4 x 3.1 x 0.9 cm
Ex. William (Bill) Larson
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Pezzottaite is one of the rares of gem species and this is a very sharp and rather thick, translucent pink miniature of this rare cesium member of the Beryl Group, surprisingly from Burma. I had not even known about the discovery until told about it when we purchased the collection, by Bill Larson.. This came from a single early 2000s pocket and was later shown to be pezzottaite, the same chemically as the newly discovered species from Madagascar named after Federico Pezzotta. It is a stunning single crystal - a near perfect, tabular, hexagonal crystal with pyramid modifications along the edges. It has a very good, saturated, pink color through much of the center grading to very pale pink around the edges. The piece is actually composed of one large crystal with numerous, smaller, 3 mm to 1 cm, hexagonal-shaped sub-crystals in parallel growth on the front. The entire front not only has a sublime pink color and subtle translucency, but also exhibits a captivating pearly luster. This Pezzottaite crystal very well-formed with an overall sharp hexagonal outline and modestly developed prism faces. The back of the crystal has been cut and polished to reveal its color zoning and improve its displayability. This is one of the absolute finest examples of this rare species from Burma, perhaps the best (certainly the best known to Larson, and kept in his collection for that reason)! After 2003, only a small amount of Pezzottaite trickled out and nothing has been found here in nearly 2 decades now from either Madagascar or from Burma. This little wonder has a mass of 13.41 grams. Analyszed by George Rossman at CalTech for Larson, and polished on the back to do analytical work (but completely pristine and natural on teh front).