Dims: 0.94x0.71x0.35" (2.4x1.8x0.9 cm)
Wt: 25 ct. (5.0g)
Malyshevo Mine, Ekaterinberg, Middle Urals, Russia
This is an excellent thumbnail specimen of alexandrite. It is a cluster of crystals, three of which have natural terminations, and one of which is excellent in form. The best crystal would be transparent and gemmy, except for numerous internal fractures which preserved it from the gem cutters and allowed us to appreciate it. The color change is excellent, although only one tiny crystal has the most desirable purple to green transition. There are several areas of a mica crystals on the specimen, the base of which is a mica schist.