Cobaltoan Calcite

Katanga, Congo
Gems, 2.87 ct, 9.4 mm x 6.8 mm
Start Time: 04/01/2010 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 04/08/2010 6:47:08 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

The famous quote from John Sinkankas was "gems are minerals after all". In our continued efforts to promote the importance of gemstones for ALL collectors, we want to give mineral collectors a chance at a rare cut stone that complements a choice mineral specimen from a classic locality. Some of the finest mineral collections in the world are accompanied by gemstones that either complete a "rough and cut" set for certain specimens, or simply show the beauty of particular species when they are faceted. We are offering this stone as an opportunity for collectors to expand their horizons and purchase gemstones that would supplement crystallized specimens in their collections. I think it is important for collectors to know that faceted stones can expand one's interests in minerals and can add a certain reverence to the hobby of collecting minerals. This is a great collector's stone. How often do you see Cobaltoan Calcite available for sale in today's market? This stone is a nice good size, very rare, lively pink color, "Emerald" cut gemstone of Cobaltoan Calcite. Gems like this are rarely seen in faceted stones, and the color on this stone is good for this material. It is indeed a very rare gem considering the size and color. The fact that there is almost no other source for these crystals in the world outside of Morocco and Spain. The stones from the Congo have some of the best sized gems with bright color. This stone is gemmy/translucent, and it is difficult to find this material in clean stones, so inclusions are accepted by most collectors and dealers. Despite my best efforts, I cannot get the photos to look as good as the stone appears in person. A very attractive rare gemstone with a lovely color.

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