Dims: 2.4 x 1.5 x 0.7" (6.2 x 3.7 x 1.7 cm)
Wt: 1.2 oz. (34 g)
near Mogok, Burma
A single, tiny Spinel crystal rests on the quartz base of this hand specimen. The crystal does not exceed 0.1" (3 mm) in diameter but is in exceptional condition. Its octahedral form is likewise excellent, showing well-defined edges and extremely clean faces that possess the standard vitreous luster. The crystal is of a variety known as ruby spinel, and thus has the standard ruby-red color. It is also transparent and extremely clear. The surrounding quartz base shows no crystal form.