GALLERY   -   OTHER  LOCALITIES  

 
     Here, we put images of localities not represented on the other pages.  Some, such as the Islands of Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and Australia (sorry!) are significant sources of gemstones as well as mineral specimens.
Australia:
Lava fields of Queensland, vic. Undara produce dark blue "dog tooth" sapphires of volcanic origin.  Some larger ones, a twin, and a barrel-shaped crystal appear on the right.  The smooth, rounded surfaces are probably due to the intense heat within the rising magmas that brought them to the surface; almost melting them in the process!
 
Madagascar Perhaps best known for lustrous and euhedral but fairly opaque rubies and sapphires (right).  the island of Madagascar has a variety of localities which produce attractive specimens, and sometimes gemstones.  
 
  When these first appeared in Tucson in 2001, they were called "tricolor rubies".  They are from Finoratsoa.  Below, left are two unusual wafer crystals from an old collection.  In the center is the 55-pound crystal I am holding on the home page.  It was found as  
a greenish river cobble, which after acid cleaning revealed this outrageous particolored personality.  The last two pictures are a malnourished ruby (chromium deficiency), and a star sapphire cabochon alongside a piece of rough which might produce another.
 
Sri Lanka This island is one of my favorite localities because of its outstanding bipyramidal sapphire crystals.  The first is ex coll. F. John Barlow.  The gem yellow is ex coll. McGill University, Montreal, Canada.  The center "pale bluish green" crystal is one of the original specimens from a recent discovery near Passara.  The last two are ex coll. Bill Larson.
Some clusters have "character", because they resemble other identifiable objects.  Here are a goldfish and a whale (left).  The two on the right (rocket ship and space shuttle) were my first two foreign corundum specimens!  NASA liked them, too!  
Two more neat crystals appear on the left.  On the right are a multiply terminated blue crystal  from Ratnapura and  a historic specimen containing tabular crystals in nephelene; collected c. 1890;  ex coll.  B. W. Anderson, Kensington (Matwich) Museum (U.K.).
 
Storage Bin:
  Huge Madagascan sapphire, weighing about 47-1/2 pounds.  Note single crystal on bottom, parallel growth twinning on top  (obtained in Tucson, 2005).    
 

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