Serpentine (Bowenite) (Chrome bearing)

Gems, 7.66 ct!, 10.5 mm x 8.4 mm
Start Time: 12/03/2009 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/10/2009 6:45:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

This material is rarely seen in faceted stones, and even more rarely in 7 CARAT gems that are gem quality! Bowenite is actually a variety of Antigorite which was first found in Italy. The name Serpentine is applied to a group of minerals and is not a valid species. This stone came to me labeled as being a chromium bearing gem, and it comes from a trusted source. The material is extremely rare in any quantity, but to find a stone with such great gemminess is really impressive. The stone is slightly translucent and has a rich emerald-green color. The gem has a "Shallow Emerald" cut and is simply one of the best stones of this material that I have had to offer. This stone came to me with a retail value of $1532, and if you're a rare gem collector, you can't afford to miss out on such a beautiful and large stone at the $500 starting price.

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