Emerald on Quartz
Miniature, 3.8 x 2.8 x 1.4 cm
Kagem Emerald Mine, Kafubu, Ndola, Copperbelt Province, Zambia
Few Kagem emerald crystals were as gemmy and lustrous as Colombian pieces, but this comes as close as any I saw in the new finds. It is a very transparent crystal, perched in a rare crystallized quartz matrix (at least, the quartz has some surviving faces on the front, though is massive on back). The emerald itself is 34 x 11 x 8 mm in size. The temrination looks complete but on close inspection admittedly has some minute edge wear (as do many from these finds). It is nicely freestanding and displays well, and is a choice miniature from this interesting new specimen locality. More than that, its just a good big emerald for the price, regardless of where found. Upper-left professional photo is by Joe Budd.