1.13 ct. Benitoite

Color:  Medium Dark Slightly Violetish-Blue Clarity:  Eye Clean
Origin:  San Benito Co., California Cut:  Pear Brilliant
Treatments:  None Measurements:  8.3 x 5.3 mm

Flawless gem Benitoites over 1 carat in weight have always been exceedingly scarce, but now have essentially left the market entirely.  The accompanying rise in price, even at the so-called wholesale level, has been dramatic.  This is just the type of gem the market is struggling to find - perfect color, flawless clarity and precision cutting.  The gem even looks great under 10x magnification with no blemishes whatsoever.  On an extremely critical level, there is some of the (very common) color zoning visible face-down, but the cutter has done a superb job of minimizing the appearance of this in the face-up stone.  Gorgeous gem and exceptionally difficult to find in this quality now.

$3250 / carat - $3672 total