Carnelian (nice color and quality)

Gems, 12.75 ct, 18.01 mm x 12.98 mm
Start Time: 09/30/2010 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 10/07/2010 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
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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 colorless zones and 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 an "Oval Cabochon" cut, and is a nice representative stone of this material.

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