3.41 ct. Iranian Anhydrite
|Color: Medium Light Purplish-Pink||Clarity: Eye Clean to Slightly Included|
|Origin: Iran||Cut: Freeform Step|
|Treatments: None||Measurements: 15.4 x 5.6 mm|
To say that Anhydrite is an uncommon species would be an understatement. Almost all facet grade material traditionally came from one of three areas - Canada, Switzerland or Germany. This is the first example of faceted Anhydrite we have encountered from Iran and it is extremely impressive to say the least. Firstly, the size is extraordinary - Canadian and German stones (colorless) were generally small and the Swiss stones (purple) could be 2 carats, but were often included. This is nothing short of huge for the species and is both very clean and well cut - remember that great care must be taken as the Moh's hardness of Anhydrite is around 3 1/2.
The color is extremely pleasing as well, a purplish pink that is somewhat lighter and brighter than the specimens from Switzerland. Simply a superb example of the species and the only stone we have seen close to this quality from this locale. A special piece.
$250 / carat - $852 total