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Remove matrix or leave it as it is??

Posted by Daniel jacobs  
Daniel jacobs June 13, 2012 08:19PM
Ive been mining for beryl recently and was wondering if the beryl is more valuable with the matrix on it or if I were to attempt to remove the matrix and have the beryl by itself?

Of course theres always a high risk of breaking the specimen...

What are your thoughts?
Rowan Lytle June 13, 2012 09:57PM
Depends. Can you post pictures of the pieces in question?

-Rowan Lytle

Food, Water, Shelter, Fire, Minerals.
Maggie Wilson June 13, 2012 10:13PM
as Rowan says, depends... send us a photo and I have no doubt you will get several differing opinions.

Crystals or minerals on matrix tend to be more sought after (not always: hence the qualifier "depends") as the matrix can help nail down or narrow down the locality of the piece.

Esthetics matter. Does the matrix enhance the overall look of the specimen?

If you are looking to re-sell the material, matrix can help increase the specimen size from TN to miniature to cabinet piece if the proportions are right.

Matrix can provide a contrast to the main crystal as well as a natural pedestal for the crystal.

But sometimes, I think, a single crystal does just fine all on its own.

If you are uncertain about taking the matrix off, leave it be - this is one bell you cannot un-ring!

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