Rose Quartz (superb locality stone)

Palermo No. 1 Mine, Groton, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Gems, 27.75 ct ; 17.00 mm
Start Time: 09/23/2021 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/30/2021 6:50:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $525
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

Rose Quartz is known from a good number of world localities, and large quantities of the material are mined every year in places like Brazil, Madagascar, Mozambique and Namibia/South Africa, but the first known pieces of Rose Quartz were actually found in New England, specifically the Mt Mica Quarry in Maine. Later, some excellent gem quality examples of Rose Quartz were found at the famous Palermo No. 1 Mine in New Hampshire and have been known among New England collectors for decades. This stone is the FINEST example of faceted Rose Quartz that we've ever had from this locality to offer in the auctions. It's a beautiful, very soft pink color, "Modified Square Emerald" cut gem with excellent internal clarity. Most of the Rose Quartz stones you'll see from around the world are often hazy in terms of their clarity, and this is due to the fact that the color is created by micro inclusions of a fibrous pink colored unidentified mineral which is related to Dumortierite - see the photo at this link for a fantastic close up of what these inclusions look like (https://www.mindat.org/photo-743314.html). With that said, this stone has only a slight internal haziness, with a wonderful internal clarity that you don't often see in any Rose Quartz gemstones. I don't know how how many faceted Rose Quartz stones from this historic locality exist (mining first too place here in 1863), but I have to believe that stones this size are rare, and the quality is as good as it gets. The stone was cut by Howard Ewing, and while the accompanying box states the weight is 27.85 carats, we re-weighed it twice and the correct weight is 27.75 carats. With that said, the high retail price on this stone is $2,775.00, and you would be hard-pressed to find another like on the market today. A great stone for any fan of material from New England, gemstones of the United States / North America, or simply superb quality locality stones.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $525 09/30/2021 6:43:52 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $500 09/30/2021 6:43:46 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $494 09/30/2021 6:43:46 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $484 09/30/2021 6:43:30 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $474 09/30/2021 6:29:37 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $469 09/30/2021 6:29:37 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $464 09/30/2021 6:26:49 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $454 09/26/2021 7:45:56 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $444 09/26/2021 7:45:41 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $441 09/26/2021 7:45:41 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $431 09/26/2021 7:45:36 am (CDT)
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Private Bidder $411 09/26/2021 7:39:27 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $401 09/26/2021 7:39:27 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $391 09/26/2021 7:39:19 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $381 09/26/2021 7:39:19 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $371 09/26/2021 7:37:56 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $361 09/26/2021 7:37:55 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $351 09/25/2021 11:58:29 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $341 09/25/2021 11:58:29 pm (CDT)
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Private Bidder $259 09/25/2021 4:53:26 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $249 09/25/2021 10:58:00 am (CDT)