Astro West Fine Minerals

Ruby on Matrix


Jegdalek, Afghanistan

The gem mines of Afghanistan are some of the oldest in the world and the only known source of ruby in the country, located within the Jegdalek region. The Jegdalek mines have been worked for more than 700 years and occasionally produce fine mineral specimens such as this ruby in marble matrix. The crystal here emerges from calcite marble -- accented with burnished specks of lustrous pyrite -- for a striking contrast between its lush reddish-purple hue and the sparkling white of the matrix. A unique and high quality specimen that carries the history of mineralogy and even the world.

Dimensions: 2-3/4"L × 2-1/2"W" × 1-3/4"H", Weight: 225 grams

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