Alexandrite
description: <p style="text-align: justify;">LOCALITY: Fort Victoria, Zimbabwe <br /><br />2 3/4" across <br /><br />I acquired this piece from Robert Sielecki via a trade in 2011. <br /><br />Alexandrite is a variety of chrysoberyl that is green in daylight and reddish-purple in artificial light. This is an outstanding Zimbabwean Alexandite specimen since it sports several sharp sixling twins on a well proportioned matrix. Sixling twins are a trait observed in mineral species that crystalize in the orthorhombic crystal system. The color of this specimen of Alexandrite dramatic and outstanding. <br /><br />I have seen thousands of inferior specimens of Zimbabwean Alexandrite during my travels to southern Africa and this piece was acquired from a lot of around 200 inferior specimens that Robert Sielecki imported into Australia from southern Africa.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This piece was traded back to Robert Sielecki in late 2015.  I believe that he resold it to a museum. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photo by Matthew Webb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia  </p>
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