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Spinel on Marble- classic Mogog red
stock #24.1-181
Pein Pyit, Mogok, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District
Mandalay Division, Myanmar (Burma)
3.1 x 2.4 x 2.2 CM (thumbnail)
price: $160


A single bright red crystal of Spinel sits on a small mass of pure white Marble. The form is a modified octahedron and is undamaged, complete and presents well. This is classic Mogok material, the crystal is vividly fluorescent and displays well from all sides. This is a small and affordable version of the top larger Spinels that are known from here which typically sell at incredibly high prices.

Topaz - clear gem crystal
stock #24.1-182
Sakangyi-Kyauk-Pyat-That, Mogok, Pyin-Oo-Lwin,
Mandalay Division, Myanmar (Burma)
2.7 x 1.8 x 1.6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $240


Sharp and water-clear transparent Topaz crystal with very bright luster. From the pegmatite of Sakangyi, it is perfectly formed and undamaged. Sadly the current state in Myanmar is very much in chaos and no mining of any sort is going on. This may take a very long time to resolve. The complex mineralogy of this region has produced many incredible finds and is of course world famed for the gem Corundum found there. Topaz like this can be fantastic, showing these very elegant and complex terminations, prism modifications and very sharp form.

Spinel - dark blue to purple crystals
stock #21.1-378
Pein Pyit, Mogok, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District
Mandalay Division, Myanmar (Burma)
4.8 x 4.3 x 3.3 CM (miniature)
price: $340
New Year 22

Glassy octahedral crystals of Spinel from the famed gem regions of Mogok in Myanmar. At first glance this looks almost black but under good light the color is a blue to purple-red color in zones and the crystals are transparent to translucent. In person the luster is brilliant and the condition is also very fine. These crystals have the typical rounded or melted look in some places but are very sharp on most edges. Much of the Spinel from Mogok is vividly fluorescent red, this is not, but under long wave is an unusual pale green. 60.45 grams overall there are a few areas of gem clarity but most is included. A nice and very unusual Mogok Spinel.

Corundum var. Sapphire - Crystal and Cabochon
stock #20.1-290
Ohngaing, Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin
Mandalay Division, Myanmar (Burma)
4 x 2.2 x 1.7 CM (miniature)
price: $130


Deep blue hexagonal crystal of Sapphire that is doubly terminated (though more crudely at the bottom) and is complete. A few small bits of Calcite is seen on some faces but this is mostly all Corundum. Included with this specimen is a 1.2 CM cabochon cut from another crystal of the same locality. The pair of Sapphires are somewhat translucent and have some inclusions that add interest. A good cut and rough combo from the famed region of Mogok.

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.

Topaz on Quartz with Muscovite etc
stock #20.1-105
Sakangyi-Kyauk-Pyat-That, Mogok, Pyin-Oo-Lwin,
Mandalay Division, Myanmar (Burma)
4.7 x 4.2 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
price: $260
Spring 2020

Several glass clear, colorless Topaz crystals in perfect condition are sticking out of a Quartz crystal matrix. From the Pegmatite of Sakangyi, which had been the source of the best of the Myanmar Topaz, but is now idle. In fine condition, this is a nice example of the occurrence and looks fine from several angles.

Spinel on Quartz and Calcite
stock #18.1-995
Pein Pyit, Mogok, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District
Mandalay Division, Myanmar (Burma)
2.8 x 2.3 x 1.3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $350


Well exposed, complete octahedron of ruby Spinel perched on a sliver of matrix. A few tiny flecks pf Pyrite are present as well, but mostly this is about the deep red Spinel crystal. This has some of the typical pitting, rounded edges and adhering matrix but is otherwise a very pretty dark red gem crystal, There are a few small gemmy Spinel seen with magnification on the flat sides of the matrix, they are almost invisible by naked eye. Myanmar has a well deserved reputation for exceptional gem crystals, especially for Rubies. However for hundreds of years Spinel were often substituted for Ruby. The gem fields in Mogok produce far more Spinel than Ruby, and it has been increasing in acceptance as a legitimate and valued gem. This is a nice affordable crystal that is above average in quality.

Ruby (Corundum) on Marble
stock #19.1-782
Mogok, Pyin-oo-Lwin District
Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)
5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $150


A sharp, doubly terminated pink to red Ruby sits well exposed on contrasting Calcite/ Marble. The Crystal is 2.3 CM long, and shows bright luster and sharp striations. Vividly fluorescent as well, the crystal is complete despite a few cracks, and has a good translucence.