Topaz on Rhyolite (classic / historic)
Topaz Mountain, Thomas Range, Juab County
3.3 x 3.2 x 2.3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Collected by the famed Ed Over in 1932, later in the George White collection, then sold by Kristalle to John Marshall in 2003 (his card and labels are included). A cute, gemmy sherry colored crystal with nice contrast to the matrix. A small rough area is noted where there has been a contact but otherwise a fine small piece with an antique turned wooden stand included (not seen in the photos). A choice piece of US mineralogical history.
Topaz - Classic Colorado
Tarryall Mt, Park County
2.9 x 2.3 x 1.9 CM (thumbnail)
A very nice thumbnail with fine provenance. This was in the Warren Johansson Collection since September 1941, he obtained this from the legendary George M White. Warren was a student at that time and was very actively exchanging minerals while working on his Phd. George White is famed for his Topaz finds. This specimen has a flawless clear, undamaged Topaz crystal perched on contrasting matrix. A choice slice of mineral history.
An "air clear" colorless Topaz crystal with perfect form from the famed Mogok gem region of Myanmar. The termination has additional face modifications and the condition is perfect, undamaged and with no internal cleaves. The Topaz of the Sakangyi can sometimes have an exceptional level of optical clarity, but most have some clouds or cleaves. Competition grade miniature that is especially impressive in person. So clear and glasslike it is difficult to photograph.
Topaz - new find
Hohenstein Massif, Omaruru District
3.3 x 2.3 x 2.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Late Summer 2018
From a small zone of blue Topaz crystals found in mid 2017 on Hohenstein in Erongo, Namibia. The matrix is made of thousands of micro Topaz crystals, so this is all Topaz. The main crystal is 1.3 CM tall with glassy luster.
In fine condition, and a quite different style than the usual Topaz from Erongo. In excellent condition, esthetic and a good value.
Topaz- Imperial type, red-orange
Antonio Pereira Mine, Ouro Preto
4.7 x 1.3 x .7 CM (miniature)
Worldwide mix summer
A very clean, gem clear Topaz with a strong pink- red color in the core with the more orange zones on the edges. The rarest and most valued colors of Imperial Topaz are the red and purple hues. This is an especially choice clear single prism with glasslike faces, no damage or cleaves. The color is stronger and a bit deeper in person, the bulk of this is of facet grade. Mined in 2016 from the Pereira Mine in Ouro Preto, well known as the sole locale for the true "imperial" Topaz.
Gem clear sharp Cognac color Topaz crystals from the prolific Thomas Mountains. This piece is much more clear than most we see from the locale and has the desirable light sherry or cognac color (depending on your preferences). Formerly in the Les Hitchings collection. A fine thumbnail in excellent condition and choice form, a Utah classic.
Topaz- Bi-color Gem crystal
stock # 14.1-208
6.6 x 5.6 x 4.6 CM (cabinet)
Worldwide mix summer
A big (228 gram) gem Topaz from Volodarskthat is strongly bi-colored. The termination is clear and glassy while the prism sides are frosted. It is possible to see through the crystal along the "C'" axis and it is almost all clean facet grade. Two natural cracks with a small separation are near the middle of the crystal, both are partial and rehealed. No damage at all, the crystal is 360 degree recrystallized and etched all around so it is a complete floater. The colors are a bit stronger in person as well, the cognac and blue tones are a very fine contrast and quite well presented. The Volodarsk pegmatites are famed for the great Heliodor and Beryl crystals found in the huge pockets over the past several decades, but the Topaz like this are also exceptional but much less common.
Topaz -gem clear crystal
Sakangyi-Kyauk-Pyat-That, Mogok, Pyin-Oo-Lwin,
3 x 2.2 x 1.8 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A single glass clear crystal that is in person colorless and bright. A few tiny lines and veils are seen inside but nearly all is facet grade. A choice Topaz from the legendary Mogok gem tract. No damage, a few faces have a light frosting but most are smooth, sharp and clear.