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87.6543210 carat Red Beryl Cluster


"The thing about Rex Harris (former owner of the Ruby-Violet Claims)," a vendor once complained to me, "is that every time I saw him, he was always pulling a gem out of his pocket that was 'the best in the world'!"


To some, this might seem disingenuous…but at the world's only mine, to be the 'best' you only have to beat your own previous record!  When he cut his first stone over a carat, this was 'the best one'. After faceting a two carat, THAT became the best.  The same goes for three carats, four, and so on.  This was true each time a new record was attained for specimens, too.  The largest size was "best", and the finest quality was "best", et cetera.


According to the corporate reports, the largest cabochon produced by the Ruby-Violet claims was 40.06 carats in weight. Cabbing a stone retains between 40% and 60% of the original crystal weight, which indicates red beryl specimens have the potential to grow over 100 carats in size!  The weight of this cluster suggests a red beryl cabochon of 35+ carats could be created!


In terms of weight, for everything I've ever seen in red beryl mineral materials…this is truly the Greatest Of All Time.  It weighs almost twice as much as the biggest free-floating Prism shown in the Red Emerald Black Album specimen lineup.  


This is a museum-grade piece which displays the ability of red beryl to form not ONLY in the fissures of its matrix (where crystallization is most-pure), but it can ALSO displace the host-rock itself, precipitating from the rhyolite while still in a semi-fluid phase/state.  An aesthetic line of gem material slices through the center of the crystal cluster.


Interestingly, a scientific study conducted by Kennecott revealed that when exposed to high-temperature plasma pulses, the Wah-Wah rhyolite melted into a hydro-mica!  This is relevant because Colombian Emeralds famously grow hydrothermally in mica schists.

Large Red Beryl Crystal Cluster 87.65 carats in weight

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