- Spinel ps. Ruby on Calcite
- Dattaw-taung, Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin Dist., Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)
- Cabinet, 10.7 x 7.9 x 3.6 cm
- Ex. William (Bill) Larson
- $18,000.00 Payment Plan Available
The Larson Burma mineral collection numbered nearly 1000 specimens, and in all of them there is not another like this amazing Spinel after Ruby pseudomorph that is perched atop a dramatically contrasting calcite matrix. It is one of few existing and ultimate display quality Spinel-Ruby pseudomorphs that are known from Burma, long in Bill Larson's collection. This rich red-pink pseudomorph measures a full two inches across and is complete all around and is a stunning specimen. The identity was confirmed by RAMAN as well as easy gemological tests to distinguish the spinel from ruby. It sits perfectly composed on a translucent, gray-white, coarsely crystalline Calcite matrix. There are no repairs or restorations on this commanding piece and the contrast between the rich red-pink Ruby-Spinel pseudo and the lighter Calcite is phenomenal. We have not seen anything quite like it (and neither had Bill, which is why he kept it for a few decades!). In person, this is a stunning, sophisticated specimen of what is actually a very rare pseudomorph of these two valuable gem species. Comes with a custom lucite base for display.