Connoisseur's Corner               

In this regular feature, we will display an elite specimen and discuss what makes it a masterpiece. These pieces will be chosen from collectors around the world.


Emerald on Calcite Coscuez Colombia

Beryl var. Emerald
Coscuez Mine, Muzo, Colombia
5.5 cm

- Irv Brown Collection

A sharp, hexagonal emerald crystal with rich green color rests on a matrix of white and black calcite. The sheer size of the emerald alone makes this piece impressive. While very few emeralds escape the cutter's wheel, out of those that do survive, only a small fraction of these are matrix specimens. Lustrous, very transparent—a natural jewel.

–Key Attribute: Size of Crystal

Stuart Wilensky photo

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