A well-exposed gemmy Beryl var. Emerald crystal stands on Talc Schist. The famed Austrian Emeralds found near Salzburg are classics, this one from the Habachtal show the most desirable color and some good gemmy area, most specimens are opaque in this deposit. The area is the only source of Emerald in Europe and has been famed for this over several hundred years.
A USA Emerald thumbnail from the Rist Mine in Hiddenite. Good deep green color and typical form make this a a nice example from this region. For all practical purposes this area in and near Hiddenite is the only decent source of Emeralds in the USA. This is an older specimen from the 1960's which was found before some of the greatest discoveries were made. Slightly etched on one side but still quite lustrous, this is doubly terminated and translucent to transparent.
Beryl var. Emerald
6.2 x 4.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
new year 2021
Classic Colombian Emerald crystal on matrix. Good transparency, the crystal is fairly thick, glassy with basal termination. The color is a very good green but not quite the top superb color which is of course far more expensive. Sits well and stands out in any sort of display. It is very hard to find sizable crystals on matrix that have not been repaired, faked or otherwise unnatural. This crystal is 2.2 x 1.7 CM and is nicely balanced on the matrix. Good condition, there are micro edge chips but no really bad damage, the "bottom end" of the crystal is contacted and does not show a clear termination. This quality is now very hard to get in Colombia, if mined today this would be treated, infused, cut and sold in the gem market. Some good green glass!
Beryl var. Emerald
Muzo Mine, Muzo, Municipio de Muzo
1.2 x 1.1 x .8 CM (thumbnail)
new year 2021
A single Emerald from the famed Muzo Mine, this is a gemmy hexagonal crystal with good green color. The crystal has some breakage mostly on the back and lower areas, some scuffs as well as a few inclusions. That said, it is a terminated crystal and a genuine transparent Emerald. Perfection in Emeralds is crazy rare and insanely expensive. This is a cute though not perfect thumbnail at 9.4 carats and is priced below the usual rate for this grade of rough.
Beryl var. Emerald -Classic locale
Malyshevo, Ekaterinburg, Ekaterinburgskaya Oblast
4.5 x 3.2 x 2.6 CM (miniature)
From this famed old locale in the Urals, a terminated Emerald crystal on matrix with deep green color. A few smaller Emeralds are also present but the main crystal (1.7x 1.5 CM) is dominant on the specimen. The large flat termination face is dusted with a sparkling dusting of Mica that adds some interest as well. The history of the minerals from this region is an incredible story that is still ongoing today.. This is a good representative piece with some edge translucence but not cutting worthy. Not at all a common item in the mineral marketplace, yet quite affordable..
Beryl var. Emerald
Muzo Mining District
2.3 x 1.8 x 1.4 CM (thumbnail)
Late Summer 2018
A single fat gem crystal with excellent color, very sharp edges, lustrous faces and fine display impact. 8.9 Grams a few inclusions but with good transparency, this was mined in 2007. A small area of attached shale on the backside/bottom is the only matrix, this is all Beryl. It has gotten very uncommon to find such good single gem crystals in Colombia. Newer methods of treatment, filling and enhancement means these can be consumed by gem cutters for much more expensive jewelry. In excellent condition and better in person.
Beryl var. Emerald on Quartz
Mina El Toro, Chivor Municipio de Chivor
5.4 X 4.3 x 3.5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Worldwide mix summer
Large translucent Emerald crystals protruding from a vuggy Quartz matrix. From a little known mine (Mina El Toro) that is in the Chivor district of Colombia, this is an attractive specimen with rich color. The main crystal is 4.3 CM long and the termination is quite choice. Quartz is a rare matrix for Colombian Emeralds since most are found in Calcite veins. On close inspection the Quartz shows several crystal faces that are distorted and bent, a very odd matrix. Displays well obviously not top facet grade but not priced at 20,000 per carat either. The form and color make this a very attractive specimen that is a fine addition to any suite of Beryls, Colombian minerals or just a collection of nice esthetic pieces.
Emerald with Quartz crystals
Mina Amarillial, Cosquez, Municipio de Muzo
4.2 x 2.2 x 1.9 CM (miniature)
Light to mint green Beryl (Emerald) crystals make up most of this specimen with only a thin shard of matrix showing on one edge. Crystallized Beryla are on all sides, almost a floater. The Quartz prisms are sharp and clear contrasting with the Beryl. Crystallized quartz is rare in Colombian Emerald specimens, much more typical is Calcite or Dolomite. This is from a little known spot in the famed Boyaca region. In Colombia only 2 or 3 mines have ever produced Quartz crystals intergrown with Emerald. There are some chipped or contacted crystals but also many perfect, sharp Hexagons with good transparency and luster.