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21.20 ct. Quartz with Violane

Color:  White / Dark Purple Clarity:  Opaque
Origin:  Sant-Marcel, Aosta Valley, Italy Cut:  Rectangular Step
Treatments:  None Measurements:  22.1 x 15 mm

Quartz with a most unusual inclusion of bright violet Diopside, a variety known as Violane.  From a very small production at one locality, this material was profiled in the Fall 2007 issue of Gems and Gemology.  We have been on the lookout for these since and have only been able to secure a few to offer.  This example is particularly aesthetic as it has a lovely mix of the deep purple Violane in stark contrast to the white Quartz host.

 

$8 / carat - $169 total