Sapphire (rare blue stripe bicolor gem!)

Sri Lanka
Gems, 0.91 ct, 7.00 mm x 5.04 mm
Start Time: 06/16/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/23/2011 6:45:00 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. I've seen a handful of these stones from Thailand, and they certainly are not common on the market. You can clearly see the distinct blue "stripe" piercing through the center of a yellow background. The stone is very very slightly included with a standard "Step Oval" cut, and it is not treated in any way. Sapphire is one of those gems that comes in virtually every color of the rainbow, and bicolor gems are few and far between. Valued at $225 high retail.

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