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Topaz, Schorl, Albite, Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz)

Topaz : Al2(SiO4)(F,OH)2, Schorl : Na(Fe2+3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH), Albite : NaAlSi3O8, Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz) : SiO2
minID: 76N-3WY

Photo Copyright © Rob Lavinsky & irocks.com  - This image is copyrighted. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.
Dimensions: 5.5 cm x 3 cm x 2.5 cm

Well, wow. Where to begin?! This specimen features a fat, 2-INCH-PLUS, TOTALLY GEMMY AND CLEAN, PRISTINE, GLASSY topaz crystal perched smack in the middle of a contrasting cluster of albite (white) and quartz (smoky)....the two colors together highlighting the deep champagne hue of the topaz far better than either color contrast might do alone! The toopaz is DOUBLY-TERMINATED. It is 5.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm. The piece is completely crysatllized all around 360, too - matrix and all (lower-right photo)! This is a stellar combination specimen, with a topaz that is really, for matrix topaz in this size range, right up there at the top for quality. It is so gemmy, you can look right throug it to the matrix on the other side, through over an inch of solid topaz! In there, you can see that there is a schorl crystal included diagonally through the bottom of the topaz (it induced some natural internal veils that refract and make it hard to see in the photo, but the inclusion is really quite obvious and sharp in person). NO repairs, NO damage, NO problems at all! 10 x 8.7 x 5.5 cm

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Photo added: 16th Mar 2006

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