Brookite (incredibly rare faceted stone)

Kharan District, Balochistan, Pakistan
Gems, 0.50 ct ; 6.32 mm x 6.22 mm
Start Time: 09/15/2022 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/22/2022 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed

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 facettable 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 stone 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, a perfect identifier that it's truly a Brookite. If you've ever seen a Brookite crystal from Balochistan, you'll instantly recognize the thin black "phantoms" that are synonymous with those crystals. The stone understandably 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.