3.4" Polished Ruby Zoisite Sphere - Tanzania

This is an absolutely gorgeous, polished sphere made out of polished ruby zoisite from Tanzania, Africa. This sphere is unique in that it has a natural thin seam of quartz running through it. It measures 3.4" in diameter and comes with the pictured display stand. There is a small gap filled section on this sphere. This imperfection has been reflected in the price of this specimen.

Technically a metamorphic rock, ruby zoisite or anyolite is a naturally occurring combination of both ruby and zoisite crystals in a single stone. Zoisite provides an earthy green color, while ruby inclusions give the stone pink or red highlights. It often also contains black streaks of the mineral Pargasite.

Ruby zoisite is found in only a single area bordering Kenya and Tanzania near Mount Kilimanjaro. It was discovered in 1954 by an English prospector who initially thought he had found a massive deposit of rubies. Upon closer inspections the rubies within the zoisite proved to be opaque and not suitable as gemstones.
Ruby Zoisite
Tanzania, Africa
3.4" wide