Beryl var. Heliodor
Khoroshiv Raion, Zhytomyr Raion, Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukraine
Cabinet, 15.1 x 3.7 x 3.0 cm
Ex. William (Bill) Larson
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Ukrainian heliodors are unique in the world not just for the amazing golden color, but for the mesmerizing surface patterning. This stunning gem crystal has both, and also an unusual feature at the termination that we have not seen before - and explains why it was long kept in the beryl collection of Bill Larson (on display for decades in his store in Fallbrook, CA). First of all, the piece has the best color - a deep saturated and sparkling golden yellow without too much green tone. It also has the best luster - like wet glass. It is not just "gemmy" but it is fully and completely transparent, literally gem rough. It has the amazing surface patterns you want in one of these. And... it is complete, and has no damage nor repairs. Lastly, and we had not seen this before, it shows a strange termination of column-like and slender crystalline growths of white colorless beryl atop the yellow, for stark contrast and a unique contrast, as well, compared to others. The color change is due to chemical differences in the solution as the crystal grew, and is entirely natural, dating to the time it originated in the ground hundreds of millions (!!) of years ago. The piece is simply stunning in person, and again has no repairs or damage. From finds of the late 1980s. 298 grams. Note, please, the recent name change from the old Soviet-era place name of Volodarsk to the new name given here.