Dims: 0.6 x 0.3 x 0.2" (1.5 x 0.8 x 0.5 cm)
Wt: 1.0 g
Ratnapura, Sri Lanka
Although this Sapphire crystal shows considerable damage and malformation, one of its traits makes it worthy of study. It is actually made up of two crystals that are heavily intergrown parallel to each other, which is likely mostly responsible for its lack of good form. It is still a definable hexagonal prism, however, and several of its edges are well defined and a few of its striated faces are flat and clean, possessing a pearly-to-vitreous luster. The crystal is transparent and moderately clear, containing several internal fractures and various inclusions. Its color is bizarre- each end of the crystal is colorless, with maybe a very pale blue tinge, but the center of the crystal shows a splash of ruby-red coloration. Apparently, the malformed Sapphire grew off of a ruby "seed crystal", enveloping it during its growth. This is the first specimen of this sort that I have seen- though one of our previous Sapphire specimens did have a noticeable change of color from blue to red, this variation is much more abrupt. Like most of our sapphire specimens, there is no host rock present.