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    Passara Gem Mine, Badulla, Uva Province, Sri Lanka

    Much like the Medina Aquamarine of Lot 87229, Sapphire, the gem variety of Corundum has a distinct problem making it from the depths of a mine to a mineral cabinet, safe from the avaricious fingers of native cutters who can realize a greater, as well as a quicker- profit, by cutting anything remotely resembling transparent material. This goes doubly for transparent material of classic blue color such as that seen here. The result is that rarely are gem Sapphire crystals available to collectors. Showing the classic flattened hexagonal form tapering towards the ends, this blue gem is composed of two distinct crystals conjoined as 'twinned' crystals. Both crystals display pale blue central sections that grade to pure "Sapphire" blue near the terminations. Inclusions also grade by degrees from abundant in the central sections to little or none at the terminations. Luster is heavily influenced by the presence of numerous fine striations arranged in parallel lines across the crystal faces. At two inches in length, it is larger than most, well-formed Sapphire specimens; particularly when the highly desirable blue color is factored in as well. It is in excellent condition with a few very minor nicks
    Overall measurements: 2 x 1.25 x .75 inches (5.1 x 3.2 x 1.9 cm). Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: Mountain Minerals [Hoppel Catalog # D0982]

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2013
    2nd Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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