Chrome Tremolite - gem crystal
Merelani Hills, Lelatama Mountains, Simanjiro District
5.7 x 1.5 x .6 CM (cabinet)
Late Summer 2021
A large, choice and gemmy Chrome Diopside crystal. This comes from the best locality for this uncommon variety of Tremolite, the Merelani Hills famed for its Tanzanite. Very little has been available for the past few years and usually much smaller. This is a very large crystal for the specie, the color is slightly zoned from a bright apple green at the base to a more yellow-green below the termination. The termination is somewhat crude but complete with several separate points and some dark inclusions. The crystal is well-striated giving a silky look to the sides of the prism. This is fully transparent so it does not need any backlight to show off the color.
Mogok, Pyin-oo-Lwin District
5.9 x 3.6 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A single sizable (3 CM) crystal of rich green Chrome Tremolite sits on a Calcite matrix. The crystal form is impressively sharp for one of such size, this is not the typical "blob" of Tremolite! Great color and gemmy on thin edges, these are not common in general and rare in such aesthetic specimen.