Ruby Spinel in Calcite (ex Rich Kosnar Collection)
- Mogok, Sagaing District, Mandalay Division, Burma
- Small Cabinet, 6.3 x 5.7 x 2.1 cm
- Start Time: 11/26/2009 6:45:00 pm (CST)
- End Time: 12/03/2009 6:45:00 pm (CST)
- Auction Closed
It has been next to impossible to obtain fine quality Spinel specimens from Burma these days it seems. Matrix specimens of Spinel are uncommon, but to find gem quality crystals on matrix is extremely difficult. This piece hosts a classic Burmese "Ruby Spinel" crystal measuring 6 mm and has very sharp, defined, lustrous, octahedral faces with a gemmy bright pinkish-red color. The crystal sits atop a matrix of massive white/grey Calcite as is typical for this locality. The piece is very showy and aesthetic for the material, and certainly not easily replaced in this market. This piece was mined around 2000, and is one of the finest Spinels from the Rich Kosnar collection. The best of these specimens are simply the finest in the world for what they are. This is an example of a non-pegmatite gem mineral for which many collectors probably do have a good specimen in their collections. The piece stands as displayed in the photos as well. Valued at $700-$800.