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1.40 ct. Bi-Color Benitoite

Color:  Medium Violet-Blue / Colorless Clarity:  Eye Clean
Origin:  San Benito Co., California Cut:  Rectangular Step
Treatments:  None Measurements:  8.4 x 5 mm

For those with an interest in this rare gem classic, there are a few oddities are interesting to search out.  Firstly, there is the range of color for the species, from colorless to deep violet-blue.  Then there are some interesting heated stones that have turned orange.  What most collections tend to be lacking however, are really fine bi-color specimens.  In fact, we have seen no more than 4 or 5 gems that have a near 50/50 split between blue and colorless - somewhat surprising given that zoning is common in the species.  Even then, if you are able to find a fine example it is almost unthinkable the stone could approach the benchmark weight of 1 carat, let alone exceed it.  We have never before seen such a fine bi-color in such a size.  Many times rarer than a fine blue of equal size.
 


$2400 / carat - $3360 total