Vesuvianite ("Californite")

Gems, 1.54 ct, 11.48 mm x 5.38 mm
Start Time: 04/01/2010 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 04/08/2010 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

This material is simply a variety of Vesuvianite, that is sometimes called "California Jade". The name for this stone is actually pretty old, and dates back to the days of noted gemologist George Kunz who first described the material. At the time, he thought it was a new form of jade, but Vesuvianite is often confused for other minerals. This "Marquise" cut stone is actually a very good quality gem for this material as it has great transparency, and amazingly rich color. The stone is a little cloudy, but has a nice green color that shows up very well.

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