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    IMPERIAL TOPAZ CRYSTAL
    Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
    "Often rumoured, seldom seen" is a phrase that aptly describes Imperial Topaz. Despite the almost universal public usage and recognition of the term "Imperial Topaz," and that it is "brown" or "golden" in color, there is almost no additional information associated with this material in the public arena: what is it? where it's from? what is it worth? In truth, while many have heard of Imperial Topaz, few have actually seen the material and even fewer still own any. The simple reason for this is that the number of places on Earth that produce Topaz of a warm and also stable coloration can be counted on one hand and none of them can be considered particularly productive. In actuality, there is very little of this gem material available on the world market at any given time. This single, loose crystal offered here is not only "the Real Thing"; it is also an exceptionally fine example as well. It is possessed of the deep golden orange coloration very similar to fine aged sherry, or orange pekoe tea, that is the hallmark of this gem. It was recovered in the rather small portion of Brazil where the finest of Imperial Topaz is found. The sharply limned form is that of a classic, razor-edged, straight-sided prism with the also characteristic pyramidal "Topaz" termination. At over 2 inches in length, it is considerably larger than most crystals from the region (most are more commonly less than 1 inch in length). The luster is a bright glassy one in which numerous, gemmy areas shine through. It is in excellent condition as well as being an exceptional example of this seldom seen gemstone. Overall measurements are 2 ¼ high x 1 1/8 x 5/8 inches wide and it is mounted on an acrylic base.

    Provenance: Ex. Jose Menezes de Souza Collection


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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