Corundum var. Ruby
Aliabad marbles, Nagar Dist., Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Thumbnail, 2.0 x 2.0 x 1.8 cm
Ex. Bill & Anne Cook

Here is a stunning and unusual gem crystal specimen with a relatively large and prominent, twinned Ruby with great rich pink-red color, classic waxy luster, and incredible translucence from one of the notable Ruby deposits in Afghanistan. This 2 cm crystal has excellent color, translucency and sharpness of form for this locality, which is even more notable and important to my eye. There are three smaller crystals from 6 to 8 mm in size at the bottom of the piece. All in all, a very nice Ruby specimen with an intense burst of color associated with a small amount of off-white Calcite for a little color contrast. All of the Ruby crystals are in pristine condition. I would rate this among the best thumbnail ruby crystals I have seen from this particular location for textbook shape and form, although the color looks more like that of a Spinel. It is a balanced and aesthetic specimen with sharp dominant crystals.