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Rubies, Tourmaline and Topaz from Myanmar

A selection of fine quality Ruby crystals along with Tourmaline and Topaz from around Mogok, Myanmar


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Corundum (var: Ruby) on RARE BLUE Calcite (PRICE ON REQUEST) from Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/rubyburma61901a.JPG] Corundum (var: Ruby) on RARE BLUE Calcite (PRICE ON REQUEST) from Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/rubyburma61901b.JPG] Corundum (var: Ruby) on RARE BLUE Calcite (PRICE ON REQUEST) from Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/rubyburma61901c.JPG] Corundum (var: Ruby) on RARE BLUE Calcite (PRICE ON REQUEST) from Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/rubyburma61901d.JPG] Corundum (var: Ruby) on RARE BLUE Calcite (PRICE ON REQUEST) from Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/rubyburma61901e.JPG]


No. RUBYMYANMAR61901 - $ 0.00

Corundum (var: Ruby) on RARE BLUE Calcite (PRICE ON REQUEST)

Locality: Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 13.3 x 9.4 x 5.5 cm (cabinet)


Ruby is one of the most well-known gems / minerals in the world, but how often does one see such a magnificent cabinet matrix piece like this? In the decades that I've been looking at minerals, I can count all of the truly world-class matrix Rubies from Myanmar that I've seen on one hand. This outstanding display specimen is special for several reasons. First off, the fact that it's on / in matrix is rare, especially from Mogok. The VAST majority of Rubies found in the area are immediately popped out of the "mother rock" to inspect whether or not they are worthy of being faceted into gemstones. This piece survived purely by accident due to the fact that it was originally mined as a much larger solid piece of Calcite, and the Ruby wasn't even visible. It was only after the piece was brought out of the mine to the surface and broken apart that the Ruby inside was exposed. Thankfully (for the sake of this specimen), the crystal itself wasn't transparent, so there was no need to remove it for faceting. Secondly, and arguably just as important is the fact that this piece is NOT REPAIRED. I'm told by a good friend who travels to Mogok that over 75% of the Rubies on matrix are glued back into place. This is because Calcite has perfect cleavage and breaks apart easily which is not a great combination for the the slick / slippery nature of the Ruby crystals. So, not only is this is an incredibly rare, UN-repaired, cabinet sized matrix specimen, but what really sets it apart is the fact that it formed in this most unusual and eye-catching BLUE colored Calcite. Nearly all of the Calcite around Mogok is either white or some variation of white, but the blue material is incredibly rare and makes for a splendid contrast with the Ruby. The crystal itself is completely undamaged and doubly-terminated with a glistening highly vitreous luster and a superb rich purplish-red hue. The color is more saturated in person and the luster is as good as it gets for the material. The piece sits beautifully as displayed, and although it was trimmed, it still has some of that natural rough character so you get the best of both worlds. The crystal and the matrix both show a wonderful fluorescence under UV light as well! Sure, everybody knows Ruby, but think about how many people actually have a piece like this in their collections. Irrespective of the price, how many people have an impressive cabinet sized matrix Ruby specimen like this? It should be noted that specimens of this calibre and quality are not only virtually impossible to find on the market, but their incredible value is only surpassed by the actual faceted Ruby gemstones from Mogok which can exceed $100,000 per carat in price! A piece like this is to be treasured and admired not only for its scarcity, but the fact that these majestic stones are some of the most storied and sought after in history.



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Corundum (var: Ruby) on Calcite from Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/rubyburma61902a.JPG] Corundum (var: Ruby) on Calcite from Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/rubyburma61902b.JPG] Corundum (var: Ruby) on Calcite from Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/rubyburma61902c.JPG] Corundum (var: Ruby) on Calcite from Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/rubyburma61902d.JPG] Corundum (var: Ruby) on Calcite from Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/rubyburma61902e.JPG] Corundum (var: Ruby) on Calcite from Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/rubyburma61902f.JPG]


No. RUBYMYANMAR61902 - $ 6000.00

Corundum (var: Ruby) on Calcite

Locality: Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 5.7 x 4.7 x 3.7 cm (small cabinet)
Ruby Crystal: 2.6 cm


Matrix Rubies from Mogok are rare, especially UN-REPAIRED examples. Typically, crystals are removed from their "mother rock" in order to determine if they are gem quality and would be suitable for faceting. Luckily this piece survived due to the fact that the crystal has a somewhat unusual shape, and wouldn't actually yield a good sized gemstone. The crystal is by no means unattractive, it's just not gem quality. With that said, it is a remarkably sharp and lustrous hexagonal prism with a strong pinkish-red color and even shows some good translucency when backlit. The Ruby measures a full 2.6 cm (1 inch) long and sits proudly atop the underlying Calcite host rock matrix. If you look on the back of the crystal you will see it has a somewhat interrupted skeletal growth with a bit of the attached Calcite, so it's more narrow in the center, and thicker on each end. As I mentioned, the fact that this is an unrepaired matrix specimen is incredibly hard to find from Mogok, but when you get something as aesthetic as this with such impressive color and quality, it's extraordinary. I can't find any major damage at all, and the Ruby is complete all the way around. For the size, quality and aesthetics, it's remarkably affordable for what it is as specimens of this quality sell for much higher prices today even at the mines in Mogok.

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No. RUBYMYANMAR61903 - $ 1950.00

Corundum (var: Ruby) (Doubly-terminated "floater")

Locality: Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 1.1 x 0.7 x 0.6 cm (thumbnail)
2.19 grams


When it comes to Ruby, Mogok is the world leader in the finest examples ever found. These gems have literally been mined for centuries and still remain one of the most desirable items for gem and mineral collectors alike. Although everybody is familiar with Rubies, there are only a few places around the globe that produce truly world-class crystals. This specimen is a wonderful example of Mogok Ruby showing incredibly lustrous, very well-formed, sharp smooth hexagonal crystal faces and a desirable rich plum-red color. The piece is a complete doubly-terminated "floater" as well. With some decent backlighting, the internal color really comes out. Like all Rubies, this one shows a brilliant red fluorescence under UV light. If you're a collector of gem crystals think of how few Rubies there are on the market with such tremendous quality, color and form. Even though Rubies are ubiquitous in virtually every culture in the world, they are notably rare in fine crytallized examples. Specimen weight is 2.19 grams.

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Corundum (var: Ruby) (Doubly-terminated Corundum (var: Ruby) (Doubly-terminated Corundum (var: Ruby) (Doubly-terminated Corundum (var: Ruby) (Doubly-terminated Corundum (var: Ruby) (Doubly-terminated


No. RUBYMYANMAR61904 - $ 3950.00

Corundum (var: Ruby) (Doubly-terminated "floater")

Locality: Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 1.7 x 1.6 x 1.2 cm (thumbnail)
14.58 grams


When it comes to Ruby, Mogok is the world leader in the finest examples ever found. These gems have literally been mined for centuries and still remain one of the most desirable items for gem and mineral collectors alike. Although everybody is familiar with Rubies, there are only a few places around the globe that produce truly world-class crystals. This specimen is a very impressive example of Mogok Ruby that is not only sharp, but has excellent luster and a pleasing dark pinkish-red color. The piece is a complete doubly-terminated "floater" as well with excellent well-formed crystals faces showing beautiful hexagonal growth lines. You can get good color to come through if you shine a strong light behind it. Like all Rubies, this one shows a brilliant red fluorescence under UV light. If you're a collector of gem crystals think of how few Rubies there are on the market with such tremendous quality, color and form. Even though Rubies are ubiquitous in virtually every culture in the world, they are notably rare in fine crytallized examples. Specimen weight is 14.58 grams.

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Corundum (var: Ruby) (Doubly-terminated Corundum (var: Ruby) (Doubly-terminated Corundum (var: Ruby) (Doubly-terminated Corundum (var: Ruby) (Doubly-terminated Corundum (var: Ruby) (Doubly-terminated Corundum (var: Ruby) (Doubly-terminated


No. RUBYMYANMAR61905 - $ 4500.00

Corundum (var: Ruby) (Doubly-terminated "floater")

Locality: Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 1.4 x 1.2 x 1.1 cm (thumbnail)
6.47 grams


When it comes to Ruby, Mogok is the world leader in the finest examples ever found. These gems have literally been mined for centuries and still remain one of the most desirable items for gem and mineral collectors alike. Although everybody is familiar with Rubies, there are only a few places around the globe that produce truly world-class crystals. This is truly a superior quality thumbnail of this famous material. This particular piece is incredibly sharp, with two very well-formed and highly lustrous terminations and excellent hexagonal crystal form throughout. The color is a strong saturated red hue on the surfcae, and shows a fantastic electric pinkish-red when backlit. It's also a complete doubly-terminated "floater" with no point of attachment or damage anywhere. It's incredibly hard to find pieces with the top color, luster, sharpness and translucency like this. If the piece was a bit gemmier it would have been sacrificed to the gem cutters, as is the fate of every gem quality Ruby in Mogok, but fortunately this one survived! Like all Rubies, this one shows a brilliant red fluorescence under UV light. If you're a collector of gem crystals think of how few Rubies there are on the market with such tremendous quality, color and form. Even though Rubies are ubiquitous in virtually every culture in the world, they are notably rare in fine crytallized examples. Specimen weight is 6.47 grams.

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No. RUBYMYANMAR61906 - $ 11000.00

Corundum (var: Ruby) (Doubly-terminated "floater")

Locality: Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 2.7 x 2.1 x 1.5 cm (thumbnail)
29.60 grams


It is incredibly rare to find Ruby crystals this size with this quality. I've seen larger Rubies from other world localities, but they are always dull, dark and often rounded. This piece is truly noteworthy as it measures over 1 inch across, though it's not a typical narrow prism, but rather a stout, robust, thick hexagonal group with gleaming "wet" vitreous luster and a saturated rich pinkish-purplish-red hue. The faces are very sharp for the material and the piece is a complete doubly-terminated "floater" with no damage to be found. There are a few hollow negative areas on the crystal where growth was interrupted by the surrounding rock at one point, but it's pristine all around and superb quality. My favorite aspect is that this is not a single crystal, but a composite group of equally excellent quality Rubies intergrown to create this showy full-sized thumbnail specimen. Like all Rubies, this one shows a brilliant red fluorescence under UV light. If you're a collector of gem crystals think of how few Rubies there are on the market with such tremendous quality, color and form. Even though Rubies are ubiquitous in virtually every culture in the world, they are notably rare in fine crytallized examples. Specimen weight is 29.60 grams.

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Corundum (var: Ruby) (doubly-terminated) from Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/rubyburma61907a.JPG] Corundum (var: Ruby) (doubly-terminated) from Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/rubyburma61907b.JPG] Corundum (var: Ruby) (doubly-terminated) from Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/rubyburma61907c.JPG] Corundum (var: Ruby) (doubly-terminated) from Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/rubyburma61907d.JPG] Corundum (var: Ruby) (doubly-terminated) from Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/rubyburma61907e.JPG]


No. RUBYMYANMAR61907 - $ 3800.00

Corundum (var: Ruby) (doubly-terminated)

Locality: Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 1.7 x 1.6 x 1.3 cm (thumbnail)
15.51 grams


When it comes to Ruby, Mogok is the world leader in the finest examples ever found. These gems have literally been mined for centuries and still remain one of the most desirable items for gem and mineral collectors alike. Although everybody is familiar with Rubies, there are only a few places around the globe that produce truly world-class crystals. This specimen is an excellent thumbnail example of Mogok Ruby. It is not only sharp, but has excellent luster and a pleasing dark purplish-pink color. The piece is a complete doubly-terminated crystal, but not a 100% floater specimen as there are a few minor imperfections that keep it from being pristine. It does have wonderful well-formed crystal faces showing beautiful hexagonal growth lines. You can get good color to come through if you shine a strong light behind it. Like all Rubies, this one shows a brilliant red fluorescence under UV light. If you're a collector of gem crystals think of how few Rubies there are on the market with such tremendous quality, color and form. Even though Rubies are ubiquitous in virtually every culture in the world, they are notably rare in fine crytallized examples. Specimen weight is 15.51 grams.

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Topaz (WATER CLEAR!) from Sakangyi (Sakhan-gyi), Kyauk-Pyat-That, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/topazburma61901a.JPG] Topaz (WATER CLEAR!) from Sakangyi (Sakhan-gyi), Kyauk-Pyat-That, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/topazburma61901b.JPG] Topaz (WATER CLEAR!) from Sakangyi (Sakhan-gyi), Kyauk-Pyat-That, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/topazburma61901c.JPG] Topaz (WATER CLEAR!) from Sakangyi (Sakhan-gyi), Kyauk-Pyat-That, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/topazburma61901d.JPG]


No. TOPAZMYANMAR61901 - $ 7000.00

Topaz (WATER CLEAR!)

Locality: Sakangyi (Sakhan-gyi), Kyauk-Pyat-That, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 6.1 x 4.6 x 3.9 cm (small cabinet)
213.40 grams


When it comes to sherry colored Topaz crystals, there have been several localities around the world to produce fine quality crystals in recent years. With that said, the pieces from Mogok are for my money the VERY finest examples of this particular shade. Unlike their counterparts from Pakistan, these crystals will not fade in sunlight, and they are also superior to their Chinese cousins for the simple fact that they are truly sharper, more lustrous, gemmier (often water clear) and show virtually no signs of etching. This particular Topaz is a phenomenal representation of these elusive crystals. It is a large, thick, stout, incredibly well-formed, highly lustrous single prism with textbook orthorhombic form and nearly 100% WATER CLEAR transparency throughout! The color is a glowing golden sherry hue which is only amplified by the crystal clear interior. In terms of quality, there are a few minor imperfections that can be seen, but it is largely damage free. If you collect gem crystals, worldwide Topaz specimens or have always been looking for a top-notch example from Mogok, look no further. There may be larger crystals from this locality, and there may be crystals with just as much transparency, but this is truly the LARGEST GEM QUALITY crystal I've ever had to offer from Sakangyi. Specimen weight is 213.40 grams.

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Rubellite Tourmaline on Quartz from Malee, Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/tourmburma61901a.JPG] Rubellite Tourmaline on Quartz from Malee, Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/tourmburma61901b.JPG] Rubellite Tourmaline on Quartz from Malee, Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/tourmburma61901c.JPG] Rubellite Tourmaline on Quartz from Malee, Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/tourmburma61901d.JPG] Rubellite Tourmaline on Quartz from Malee, Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/tourmburma61901e.JPG] Rubellite Tourmaline on Quartz from Malee, Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/tourmburma61901f.JPG] Rubellite Tourmaline on Quartz from Malee, Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/tourmburma61901g.JPG] Rubellite Tourmaline on Quartz from Malee, Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/tourmburma61901h.JPG] Rubellite Tourmaline on Quartz from Malee, Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma) [./myanmar619/tourmburma61901i.JPG]


No. TOURMMYANMAR61901 - $ 14000.00

Rubellite Tourmaline on Quartz

Locality: Malee, Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 13.2 x 12.8 x 6.3 cm (cabinet)
Tourmaline group: 3.4 cm


I'm sure most of you have seen these now famous "mushroom"-style Rubellite Tourmalines from Mogok, but it is virtually impossible to get your hands on a big cabinet matrix display specimen like this. The vast majority of these Tourmalines were found loose, off matrix, and the few I've seen on matrix were not very appealing. This piece, however, is that all so rare combination of size, quality and beauty in a matrix specimen that is seldom available on the market. The piece is highlighted by a group of sharp, lustrous, gemmy, beautiful reddish-pink colored Rubellite Tourmalines with those characteristic "black cap" terminations, which measues 3.4 cm long, beautifully nestled into a group of broad, lustrous, well-formed, sharp, hexagonal Quartz crystlas with a bit of translucency and a slight smoky hue. The main Tourmaline group is absolutely damage free and complete unrepaired. With a bit of backlighting you can see the glowing pink hue come through. If you move the piece around you can see there are several spots where additional Rubellite crystals are hiding all over the piece, both front and back. Speaking of which, the back of the piece is actually recrystallized ("re-healed"), so it's complete most of the way around. The left and right sides of the periphery of the Quartz are contacted, but it's still in remarkably good shape overall. Looking closely you can see the excellent crystal quality of the Quartz which makes for a great combination with the already eye-catching Tourmalines. A piece of this size and quality is incredibly hard to find from Mogok and, when compared to similar specimens from Brazil or Afghanistan, it is remarkably affordable and I think it is a real bargain considering the scarcity on the market.

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