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    RARE PURPLE VIOLET AMBER
    Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, Indonesia
    This rare Amber nugget glows an unearthly purple-violet when viewed in direct sunlight but appears to be of normal transparent golden brown hue under artificial light. From the little known locality of Banjarmasin, on the island of Borneo in Indonesia. A master American lapidary has polished this very unusual Amber specimen - creating a very large and clean "window" to allow optimal demonstration of this marvel. The purple glow is the result of daylight-initiated fluorescence, and scientists have yet to establish the exact group of trace chemicals responsible for this phenomenon. The purple-violet color is significantly more rare than its blue counterparts from this or any other Amber locality. This nugget still retains some of its original surface and measures 2 x 1¾ x 1 inches (51.3 x 44.3 x 25.1 mm), weighs 133 carats, and is in good condition.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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