Dims: 1.7 x 1.7 x 1.6" (4.3 x 4.3 x 4.1 cm)
Wt: 2.95 oz. (83.6 g)
Wenshan, Yunnan Province, China
A single hexagonal Emerald crystal is partly embedded in the limestone host rock of this large thumbnail specimen. The crystal has dimensions of 0.9 x 0.2" (2.3 x 0.5 cm) and is in excellent condition, showing no visible human-induced damage. Its form is very good, with relatively well-defined edges and striated but clean faces that possess the standard vitreous luster. Its basal termination might be the result of a well-healed break, but it is nonetheless too smooth and even to be a fresh breakage surface. It has a moderately deep emerald-green coloration and is partly transparent due to the presence of many basally-oriented internal fractures. Portions of the surrounding host rock are generously infused with many tiny bits of muscovite, but it has no other crystalline constituents.