Good quality gem clear emeralds on matrix from this seldom seen locale. This mine closed in 1909 after just 10 years, and produced a few good Gem crystals but was not productive enough to compete. It is possible today to visit the dumps and a few Emeralds have been found but usually much smaller than this one. Norwegian Emeralds of quality are very rare in the market. The largest crystal here is 1.4 CM long with very good color and clarity, but not terminated, with chipping and broken areas as seen. Despite the damage it is far better than typical from this locale and this is a choice piece for the area. The color here is due to Vanadium, not Chrome as seen in Colombia. The quality is better than typical Vanadium Beryls at other localities.
Beryl var. Emerald in Schist
Tokovaya River, Malyshevo Ekaterinburgskaya Oblast
7.5 x 4 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
A classic old Russian Emerald specimen with a sizable (2.7 cm) terminated prism that is well-exposed on its Schist matrix. The crystal is quite transparent with a few inclusions. Some additional Beryl crystals are also on the matrix. We have photographed this with "normal" display lighting, if it is backlit it displays with clarity.
Beryl v. Emerald
6.2 x 4.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A very impressive specimen! The Emerald is of the fatter type with basel termination, excellent clarity, and good but not superb color (which is why this large crystal was not cut but survived as an affordable specimen). Sits well and draws the eye from across the room. A quite large crystal for a matrix piece from this mine (2.2 x 1.7 CM). Good condition, there are micro chips but no real damage, the "bottom end" of the crystal is contacted and does not show a clear termination. This quality is now very hard to get iCn olombia. A lot of good green glass for the money!
A quite sizable (7.9 CM) and impressive Chinese Emerald with the typical color from this find. This Beryl is not gemmy except on thin edges and not colored by Chromium as are the Colombian Emeralds. Despite that this is still attractive and affordable. The crystal has been repaired (1x) and shows also a natural break and re-healing. A very good addition to a suite of Beryl, Chinese minerals or just as an attractive display piece.