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2.72 ct. Pakistani Axinite

Color:  Medium Dark Purple-Brown Clarity:  Eye Clean
Origin:  Baluchistan, Pakistan Cut:  Oval Brilliant
Treatments:  None Measurements:  10.3 x 7.7 mm

A really superb gem Axinite of the finest quality.  These wonderfully saturated gems with the exceptional purple pleochroism were few and far between.  This was always the look you were hoping for in gem Axinite - even in stones from the old Baja California deposit, but rarely if ever actually got.  It was the brown gems that show this unexpected purple brilliance and they were often too dark or included.  This example is exceptional in all regards - the color is just right, a medium dark slightly golden brown that is not a bit dark or 'muddy' with a pronounced purple pleochroism easily visible.  Almost no other gem species is capable of such a wild combination.  Superb clarity and cutting as well.

$70 / carat - $190 total