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Here's another one - danburite?

Posted by Nick Gilly  
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Nick Gilly December 31, 2017 06:01PM
Another one from that auction site, being sold as a pinkish topaz:











I've never heard of pinkish topaz from Erongo, and it looks suspiciously like a Mexican danburite to me. I could be wrong though.

Any opinion welcomed.

Thanks and regards,
Nick



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/01/2018 08:52AM by Nick Gilly.
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Owen Lewis December 31, 2017 09:05PM
Check that the dealer accepts returns. If he does, and you like then buy, test and if unhappy return. All good dealers will refund all postage costs on any item that was misdescribed at sale. e-Bay are hot on this I think.

Won't guess just off those pics but SG and that perfect basal cleavage in topaz are the certain distinguishers.
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Ralph Bottrill December 31, 2017 09:23PM
The crystal habit, colour and lack of cleavage do suggest Danburite.
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Reiner Mielke December 31, 2017 11:01PM
Sure looks like danburite to me.
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Alfredo Petrov December 31, 2017 11:52PM
The crack near the base in the third picture certainly looks a lot more like a danburite fracture than a topaz cleavage.
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Nick Gilly January 02, 2018 07:02PM
Thanks guys. Your replies just confirm what I was thinking.
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Dana Slaughter January 02, 2018 08:26PM
Have seen thousands of these with a wholesaler in Tucson---definitely danburite from Charcas.
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