Ruby Crystal from the Mano River locale


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This ruby crystal is from the Mano River locale along the Sierra Leone Guinea and Liberian borders. The deposits are found in alluvial deposits that lie above the diamondiferous strata that drew miners to the area. Some studies have shown that the deposits may go 50 miles upstream into Liberia. A crystal from this area has been fashioned into a 122 carat 12 ray star cabachon.This specimen is a hexagonal (barrel shaped), and double terminated crystal. It is somewhat water worn but this is normal for alluvial deposits. The ruby has a rich color and is translucent when back lighted. It measures 1 1/8 x 3/4 x 9/16 inches or 28 x 19 x 14 mm. It weighs 97 carats.

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Weight4 oz