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English: Beryl
Locality: Muzo Mine, Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopí Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia (Locality at mindat.org)
Size: thumbnail, 1.8 x 1.5 x 1.4 cm (40.9 carats)
Emerald (read-through clarity!)
A simply stunning, fat thumbnail-sized crystal of emerald with very good COLOR , LUSTRE , and GEMMINESS...in person, much better than you can relate from the pics. The termination is awesome - large, equant, and super-glassy. You can look right down through the crystal to read what is below it, with total clarity! This has some intrinsic facet rough value although it is admittedly a shade lighter than the more expensive emerald hues and has some internal veiling; but this is ironically of benefit to the specimen collector because its still very appealing as a specimen crystal and yet it survived the cutter because of slight flaws that do not matter as much in a specimen as in the cut stone. Also, if it were of the highest cutting grade, it would be unaffordable to the specimen collector - so one looks for the compromise between top quality and visual appeal in buying an emerald crystal, always aiming to have SOME intrinsic cutting value at the same time as trading it off for a few little internal veils that prohibit you from having to pay the stupid rough pricing on these guys. It is so clear and transparent that the piece is MUCH more gemmy in person because the camera cannot focus well on the crystal without going through to the back faces.
Deutsch: Beryll
Fundort: Muzo Mine, Muzo, Distrikt Vasquez-Yacopí Mining, Boyacá, Kolumbien (Fundort bei mindat.org)
Größe: 1.8 x 1.5 x 1.4 cm (40.9 carats)
Date before March 2010(2010-03)
Source Image: http://www.irocks.com/db_pics/pics/gem7-50a.jpg, Description: http://www.irocks.com/render.html?species=Beryl&page=10


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