Cuamba Mine, Niassa Province, Mozambique
Cabinet, 15.1 x 11.3 x 3.7 cm
A shocking crystal for the species! This is a massive beast of a chrysobreyl, weighing 1568 grams. It is complete all around except for a few minor areas, and has classic textbook symmetry. It is so large and sharp though, it looks carved. I have not seen anything like this from Mozambique in the past, and I am told it was a freak find - a gem dealer acquaintance happenned to be around there when it came out and bought it as a curiosity at the mine site. I assume, as he does, that most were destroyed for their mineral value as ore, rather than preserved.