Dims: 2.13x1.50x1.08" (5.4x3.8x2.75 cm)
Wt: 2.63 oz. (74.4g)
Malyshevo Mine, Ekaterinberg, Middle Urals, Russia
If you like alexandrite, you'll love this small hand specimen. It consists of dozens of tabular alexandrite crystals in a mica schist base. While some of the crystals are merely translucent, several are transparent. All of the alexandrite crystals show good color change, green under fluorescent or sunlight and bluish-gray under incandescent light (not the most desirable purple color). Many of the crystals are damaged, as this specimen likely filled a cavity in the host rock, and the tips of all of the taller crystals were in contact with the host or were damaged during removal. The specimen could possibly be "improved" by removing more schist, although there is a risk of further damaging the specimen or even of some crystals falling out. The tranparent crystals all have inclusions or internal fractures that spoil their clarity - otherwise they would have been turned into gemstones worth 10 times more and would not have made it to our site.