Brookite (incredibly rare faceted stone)

Kharan District, Balochistan, Pakistan
Gems, 0.40 ct ; 6.54 mm x 5.32 mm
Start Time: 09/23/2021 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/30/2021 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $249
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

When it comes to rare faceted stones, Brookite is always high on the list for collectors. The very nature of Brookite crystals doesn't lend to much in the way of truly facetable material, as they are often incredibly thin (tabular) and sometimes dark or opaque. In the early 2000s, some of the finest Brookite crystals in the world started coming out of the Balochistan Province in Pakistan. These crystals were not only large and colorful, but in some instances, they were thick enough to yield faceted gems! We were fortunate to get our hands on a few faceted stones from a good friend in Peshawar earlier this year, and we're excited to give everybody the opportunity to acquire one of these highly coveted gems for your collection. This gem when backlit shows a rich burnt orange hue with excellent clarity, and the cherry on top is that there is a beautiful black "phantom" line running down the middle of the stone, a perfect identifier that it's truly a Brookite. If you've ever seen a Brookite crystal from Baluchistan, you'll instantly recognize the thin black "phantom" lines that are synonymous with those crystals. The stone understanadly has a very shallow "cushion" cut, but you take what you can get with this material. I've only seen a handful of faceted Brookites over the years, and they were all black/opaque, so the fact that this stone has COLOR (when backlit), is significant. Don't miss out on this one, as we will have only a handful to offer in the auctions, and our friend overseas tells us that he doesn't expect to have any more faceted material in the future.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $249 09/30/2021 2:18:58 pm (CDT)