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Topaz - classic German gems
stock #23.FC-045
Schneckenstein cliff, (Konigskrone Mine) Kielberg Mt.Klinginthal, Vogtla
Saxony, Germany
8.8 x 6.5 x 4 CM (cabinet)
price: $1600
Early summer 2023

A superb specimen from this ancient locality, ex Paul Fitte collection. The Schnechenstein Topaz have been prized for centuries and mined starting in 1727, shortly after it was taken over by Augustus the Strong and the site was renamed Konigskrone (Kings Crown). The best Topaz were found in the next two decades and some minor production up until 1796. The finest yellow gem crystals have been prized in collections worldwide ever since. These have also been studied and described by many of the early mineralogists, they are quintessential classics. The area has been completely closed since 1938, any large and fine specimen like this is very old and very rare in such quality. The display face is covered with transparent sharp Topaz crystals most of which are a good yellow, a few are colorless, nestled in Quartz crystals. The largest Topaz is 2 CM, big for the locality. More unusual is the many terminated gem crystals on the matrix, most specimens only have two or so. Overall in fine condition this is the very best example we have had from this famed place.

Topaz (Imperial) on matrix, rare red fluorescent
stock #21.1-030
Ouro Preto
Minas Gerais, Brazil
8.1 x 6.6 x 5.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $380
Spring 23

Good matrix examples of Imperial Topaz are incredibly rare. Most of these crystals are recovered loose, the rare matrix pieces are typically badly broken fragments. This is quite unusual with three distinct gemmy crystals, the largest at 3.6 CM long in a hard ironstone (Hematite-rich sandstone) block. These crystals are also vividly fluorescent with a red to red-orange color, most Imperial topaz does not fluoresce but we have seen some that glow a yellow to yellow-green. On this specimen only one crystal shows a full termination and there is damage as seen, so this is not a display specimen for perfectionists but it is still impressive and very uncommon.

Topaz - etched gem
stock #19.1-531
Teofilo Otoni, Mucuri Valley
Minas Gerais, Brazil
5.5 x 2.9 x 1.7 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $160


A nicely etched and perfectly transparent crystal of Topaz that is clean gem inside. 33.2 grams in weight and colorless, the crystal shows complex and varied etchings over all its surfaces, the vertical lines on some sides seem to be remnants of original striations. An older specimen, there is some included clay deep in some of the etched zones that adds a little contrast, otherwise this looks like ice.

Topaz on Rhyolite
stock #21.1-336
Topaz Mountain, Thomas Range, Juab County
Utah, United States
6.4 x 5.6 x 5.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $490
Late Summer 2021

A perfect, gem clear sherry colored Topaz crystal perched on a hard Rhyolite matrix. This classic locality is famed for Topaz and this is an especially choice piece with unusual perfection and no fading to the rich color. Even under 20x magnification this is undamaged. This does not have dark inclusions or interior cleaving lines inside as most do, it is eye-clean gem. This zone continues to produce a few nice pieces each year to dedicated diggers but the quality of this piece is far beyond most found. Most crystals of this size or larger are far less clear or even opaque.

Topaz on Microcline with Quartz
stock #17.1-524
Hohenstein Massif, Omaruru District
Erongo Region, Namibia
6.6 x 4.7 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $230
new year 2021

Small, perfect, gem clear Topaz crystals are perched on a Microcline crystal that is perched on a Smokey Quartz crystal. This association of species is a classic assemblage and very well-presented in this Erongo specimen. The condition is good, with some contacts and edge roughness on the matrix, the Topaz are fully perfect even under strong magnification. This was excavated by the "small miners" collective on Hohenstien in 2017.

Topaz on Quartz and Clevelandite
stock #6.2-203
Wenshan County, Wenshan Autonomous Prefecture
Yunnan Province, China
7.8 x 6.4 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $440
new year 2021

Several Quartz crystals are clustered around a single gemmy Topaz crystal set on Clevelandite. The Topaz has some lightly frosted faces and others are glass clear, transparent and very lustrous. The color is a light sherry hue that looks slightly pinkish in some light. From finds in 2004 in Yunnan Province in China, we have not seen such good pegmatite minerals from this region for several years. In good condition overall as seen there is a crack in the Topaz and a chip is noted on one face that is not very evident or distracting. A really choice Chinese Topaz.

Topaz - classic Russian, on Feldspar, Quartz
stock #16.1-597
Murzinka Mine,Sarapulka Dist., Sverdlovskaya Oblast, Middle Urals
Urals Region, Russia
5.4 x 3.2 x 3 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
price: $560
new year 2021

A 2.5 CM tall gem clear colorless Topaz crystal rises above the contrasting Matrix. The Topaz is undamaged, in impeccable condition, the matrix has some bruising but it is the matrix and not at all a detriment. A very nice composition over all, good Topaz from the Urals is something of a mineralogical prize and highly respected by collectors. A very good value for the quality and esthetics.

Topaz- gem clear crystal on matrix
stock #20.1-271
Sakangyi-Kyauk-Pyat-That, Mogok, Pyin-Oo-Lwin,
Mandalay Division, Myanmar (Burma)
4.3 x 3 x 2.1 CM (miniature)
price: $380


Water clear Topaz with perfect form perched on a jagged pegmatite matrix. From the Sakangyi Mine which produced much fine Topaz at one time, this locality has been idle for a few years but is likely not fully exhausted. Very glassy luster, a few faces show extra modifications but overall a classic textbook crystal form. Quite a lot of Sakangyi Topaz had frosted faces and distinct striations, but some smaller crystals like this have faces with no visible striations but have a few termination faces showing a bubbly texture. All in all a pretty prism. No damage.