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321 Carats; 2012 Find
At the 2013 Tucson Show, Joe Dorris had many specimens of etched sherry-colored topaz from Colorado. They were from the rediscovery by Rich Fretterd and Jean Cowman of the legendary 1930's-era Ed Over locality. The topaz are finely colored and lustrous, with preferentially etched faces. I purchased the four finest miniatures, all of which are gem-quality, doubly-terminated and transparent.
This crystal is one of one of my favorites, as it has superb color and a fascinating shape. It is almost completely etched, showing minimal crystal faces, and has excellent luster and interesting surface patterning from the etching. The crystal is complete all around and is completely transparent and water clear, as shown in the photos. 5.6 x 3.4 x 2.6 cm.
Please note that none of these photos are backlit! The crystal is so clear that the reflections from the glass platform show through and highlight the color. As with all sherry-colored topazes, I recommend that these be stored away from UV light to preserve the color. Although I believe they are color-fast, it cannot be guaranteed.
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