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0.76 ct. Benitoite

Color:  Medium Slightly Violetish-Blue Clarity:  Eye Clean
Origin:  San Benito Co., California Cut:  Custom Shield
Treatments:  None Measurements:  6 x 5 mm

A lovely example of this always popular rarity.  The gem is loupe clean, has been given a precision custom cut and has a bright bodycolor.  The weight represents one of the last windows of value in this species - stones approaching one carat take a huge jump in price - very fine 3/4 carat gems like this example can still occasionally be had at 'old' price levels.  Face-down you can see some color zoning, but it is absolutely no issue at all when the stone is face-up - the expert cutting gives a consistent and rich color.

 
$850 total