Emerald on Calcite

Coscuez Mine, Boyaca Province, Colombia
Miniature, 4.7 x 4.5 x 4.3 cm
Start Time: 12/10/2009 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/17/2009 7:00:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

This INTENSE green emerald is 2.3 cm long, 1.5 cm wide, and GLOWS with color. Not only is it on matrix, or calcite matrix, but it is on CRYSTALLIZED calcite matrix - the best kind! The calcite crystal atop is about 1 inch across. It makes a great contrast n color and crystal form to the emerald. The emerald is typical in overall hexagonal habit, but atypical in that the surface is minutely detailed, as if somebody took a scribe tool and inlaid a complex cityscape on its surface. The result of this complexity on the apparently smooth outer faces is that the emerald is much more sparkly than you would expect, with all thos emicrofacets reflecting light. We have tried to show that in the variety of photographs here. In person, all I can say is that this is a big fat, glowing, unrepaired emerald that shuld be worth in the $4500-5000 range. It would be hard to get a better one for the price range. I traded this from a collector who fairly paid $3800 for it some years ago (label is included), and it was worth every cent. Its Christmas season, and I want to keep people looking at auctions here, and I am a little bit amortised in the trade, but still...this is one of the finer things we have put up for auction and if it goes for less than the colelctor paid himself, its a steal. Comes with custom-made, $125 base

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