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Chrysoberyl var. Alexandrite

Chrysoberyl var. Alexandrite

Specimen # 101427
Mineral: Chrysoberyl var. Alexandrite
Location: Carnaíba District, Pindobaçu, Bahia, Brazil
Size: 4.4 x 3.4 x 3.3 cm
Price: $175.00 CAD

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Detailed Description

This piece features a cyclic twin (1.5 cm) and a V-twin of chrysobery, var. alexandritel, side by side in mica schist. In excellent condition (there is an incomplete crystal below them, near the bottom of the specimen as I'd display this one). The alexandrite crystals are dark, almost black in appearance and need strong light to discern the colour and colour change - they are a dark green hue in sunlight or LED illumination and dark reddish black hue under incandescent/halogen. Great matrix alexandrite twins. 

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About these Alexandrite Specimens

Specimens of chrysoberyl var. alexandrite have been known from the mines of the Carnaiba district since the early 1980s, and have been found intermittently since that time. The crystals are usually very dark - it is often a challenge to spot the  colour, even with strong light right against the crystals themselves. Carnaiba alexandtrites are remarkable for their sharpness, and in particular for their excellent cyclic twinning.

Detailed Description

This piece features a cyclic twin (1.5 cm) and a V-twin of chrysobery, var. alexandritel, side by side in mica schist. In excellent condition (there is an incomplete crystal below them, near the bottom of the specimen as I'd display this one). The alexandrite crystals are dark, almost black in appearance and need strong light to discern the colour and colour change - they are a dark green hue in sunlight or LED illumination and dark reddish black hue under incandescent/halogen. Great matrix alexandrite twins. 

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About these Alexandrite Specimens

Specimens of chrysoberyl var. alexandrite have been known from the mines of the Carnaiba district since the early 1980s, and have been found intermittently since that time. The crystals are usually very dark - it is often a challenge to spot the  colour, even with strong light right against the crystals themselves. Carnaiba alexandtrites are remarkable for their sharpness, and in particular for their excellent cyclic twinning.