Beryl v. Emerald

Beryl v. Emerald

Price available upon request. $999,999.00
SKU:23075
Region: Kagem Emerald Mine, Kafubu Emerald District, Ndola, Ndola District, Copperbelt Province, Zambia
Dimensions: 8.5 x 4.7 x 4.1 cm

The Collector's Edge was thrilled to be able to collaborate with Gemfields, Ltd. In the preservation and preparation of a small group of fine emerald crystal specimens in 2009. Gemfields operates the enormous open-pit Kagem Mine in Copperbelt Province, Zambia. The Kagem mine is world-famous for producing exceptionally clean, faceted gemstones of the emerald variety of beryl. In 2008, Gemfields discovered several large quartz boulders which had numerous gem-quality emerald crystals "frozen" within the quartz. Gemfields approached the world-class specimen preparation laboratory of the Collector's Edge about safely liberating the superb emerald crystals from the encasing quartz; turning the boulders into exquisite mineral specimens. This outstanding emerald in quartz specimen is a result of the transformative work performed by the Collector's Edge. This piece is considered to be the finest, small-cabinet emerald specimen resulting from the Kagem mine discovery. The specimen features a single 7.2 cm long emerald crystal in a bright white, milky-quartz matrix. The emerald crystal exhibits an intense, classic emerald-green color with a faint bluish tinge. This crystal has high luster, excellent translucency with transparent areas and a classic hexagonal prismatic habit terminated by the basal pinacoid. Overall, less than a dozen specimens of this outstanding quality in all size ranges were harvested from the Kagem mine occurrence. This unrepaired specimen was recently acquired by the Collector's Edge via the purchase of the Matak Collection.

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