Tourmaline (interesting color)

Gems, 6.50 ct, 13.0 mm x 9.0 mm
Start Time: 06/24/2010 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 07/01/2010 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. This stone might possibly be a Uvite, as I've seen Uvites this color from Mozambique. With that said, it is definitely an unusual color of Tourmaline nonetheless. The stone has a rich golden hue with a slight green overtone. The stone has a "Step Cushion" cut. The stone is only very very slightly included (the red stripes are not inclusions, but simply slight bands of color within the gem), which is not common in Tourmalines this size. I haven't seen many Tourmalines this color from any locality, and it would definitely round out a Tourmaline gem suite to show off the various colors of these stones.

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