Purple Sapphire on matrix
- Amboarohy, Ihosy District, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
- 6.4 x 4.7 x 3.5 cm
- Start Time: 11/07/2019 6:30:00 pm (CST)
- End Time: 11/14/2019 6:30:00 pm (CST)
- Auction Closed
These specimens are some of the most beautiful matrix Sapphires to come from any locality in many years. They started coming out in the early 2000s, but few are available on the market now. The crystals from Amboarohy have textbook euhedral form, with sharp faces and excellent luster, but perhaps the most alluring aspect is that the crystals are rather colorful as well. This small cabinet specimen features a wonderful sharp, rather lustrous, tabular, fine pinkish-purple color Sapphire crystal measuring up to 1.3 cm long sitting atop dark shimmering Mica schist matrix. A few incomplete Sapphires can be seen on the piece. The main Sapphire crystal is in good shape for the most part, with only a little roughness. We haven't had many of these to offer in the last few years in the auctions and in terms of size and quality, this is a very nice example well-known and now very hard to find Corundums from Madagascar. It's important the sharpness and luster seen on this piece is rare in matrix Corundum specimens as the crystals can often be rounded and dull. Just the fact that the crystals are on matrix is important, but the fine quality really pushes it to another level. Lastly, in my experience virtually all of the Sapphires from this area display a color-change from sun to indoor lighting, and show good fluorescence as well. A great display piece from this isolated discovery, from which no more pieces have been found for a decade now. It wasn't the easiest piece to photograph and for what it's worth I think it looks better in person. Valued in the inventory at $900.