Carnelian (excellent color and quality)

Gems, 3.97 ct, 9.85 mm
Start Time: 01/26/2012 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 02/02/2012 7:00:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

Carnelian is classified as a variety of Chalcedony, which is actually a variety of Quartz. So this is a subvariety of cryptocrystalline Quartz. Carnelian is beloved for its rich red and orange hues, and typically is not found in facet grade material. This stone has a fiery orange color with a "jelly-like" appearance, not unlike Fire Opal. The stone is very good quality compared to most Carnelians that I have seen due to the bright color - there is not a hint of brown in the stone - and excellent transparency/translucency. The gem has a half-faceted "Square Cushion Cabochon" cut, and is a great facetted stone of this material.

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