LARGE BUBBLEGUM RED BERYL ON MATRIX
Estimated Weight 45+ carats 25.5 mm x 16.1 mm x 14.9 mm
When I first published the Red Emerald Black Album in 2017, my goal was to offer the world its first glimpse of the standard red beryl mineral form. Most scientific and related articles studied and covered only a handful of specimens, due to the rarity and difficulty in acquiring them. Never had hundreds of examples been gathered to present a true cross-section of these minerals to the public.
I included photographs of the best 80 free-floating prisms in my collection, with sizes ranging from a quarter carat to 45 carats. The dimensions were annotated for each crystal and catalogued in a table, so that in the future, collectors would be able to estimate for themselves the weight of minerals still attached to the matrix.
This should put the massiveness of today's specimen into proper perspective. The measurements of this crystal suggest that it is larger than all the prisms in my original publication! An example of this size is a TRUE RARITY! AND it exhibits a hexagonal plateau on the termination!
Although the stone is included, attractive pink-colored red beryls like this (referred to as "bubblegum" specimens) are often shaped into cabochons. Gem cabs are valued at approximately 60% the price of their faceted equivalents, while included cabs usually sell between $50 and $250 per carat, depending on size and patterning, with prices increasing according to the prevalence of gem-sectioning.
A specimen should never be priced below the value of its worth as a gemstone, otherwise the temptation to chop up collectible minerals becomes too great for some…although I have come close to violating that rule in this case! The number of large examples on-matrix such as this one are so rare I can count the number I have seen on one hand with room to spare.
A very special piece at a very affordable price.
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$2,500 USD 1.43 oz Gold / 91 oz Silver 0.0625 BTC