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Beryl (Var: Emerald) : Be3Al2(Si6O18), Quartz : SiO2

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Beryl (Var: Emerald) : Be3Al2(Si6O18), Quartz : SiO2

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Dimensions: 7 cm x 4.5 cm x 4 cm

This is quite simply the best matrix Brazil emerald known, and has been featured on the back cover of Le Regne Minerale in 1998 and in a photo in the Min Record as well. It GLOWS with color. Steve has owned this since the 90s. The pocket was found in 1997 and it was sold to noted french collector Gilles Emmringer. He had one of the best collections of fine quality brazilian gem crystals at the time. Shortly thereafter it was exchanged to Steve Smale. Since its deaccession to Smale, Steve has owned it as one of his marquis gem beryl specimens, well-known from being shown at Tucson and at his home You simply cannot find an equivalent emerald from Colombia or Nigeria , as this rich matrix look remains unique as well. In person, the color is a very glassy and rich hue of green that gem people tell me has a "hint of blue" in it. the result is a very intense color that stands out in brightness form the rather more common , and still expensive, Colombian material. There is simply not another matrix emerald like this, to our knowledge, anywhere on the planet. The piece is large, at 7 x 4.5 x 4 cm overall. The crystal is also of good size at 3.5 cm tall, 2 cm wide, and 1.5 cm thick. It is , again, extremely glassy and bright. the extra color pizzazz contributed by all the small crystals on the side of the central quartz contributes a lot of visual impact and helps to "centre" the eye on the middle. EVEN IF THIS WERE COLOMBIAN , it would fetch a very high price for the aesthetics and color brilliance of the large emerald. The fact that it comes from Brazil, from a mmuch rarer and smaller discovery that seems to have been a on-time occurrence, makes this far more significant than any comparably sized Colombian piece could be, however. I consider myself fortunate that we were able to make an exchange with which we both feel happy (he still has one of the best Colombian matrix emeralds!), to acquire this specimen. It was not for sale, only for trade, in other words. Comes with custom lucite base for easy display. 7 x 4.5 x 4 cm



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