Norbergite With Spinel
Mogok, Burma
Miniature, 4.9 x 2.9 x 1.7 cm
This specimen features a GEMMY, translucent 1.3-cm norbergite crystal perched on matrix from which it has been excavated carefully. It is squarish in shape, fairly equant all around, and complete except for a slight conchoidal ding in the lower-right corner (shown at its worst in the second photo, to be clear, so you can se eit doesn't affect display view much at all). Little sharp red spinels grace it for accent. This is a SUPER crystal for the species, from any locality, and from Mogok its actually quite rare to find them. When I obtained these two specimens from an importer at Tucson, I showed them to a friend who came by soon after and deals in rare gems, as they were translucent. Indeed, he said they would cut unusually fine stones for the species, so here you have an "ugly" magnesium silicate with Cutting rough value! Couldn't let him do it, so I held them back for sale to collectors, but the yield in gem value should work out to about this price anyhow.