2.03 ct. Taaffeite Cabochon

Color:  Light Very Slightly Purplish-Gray Clarity:  Slightly Included
Origin:  Burma Cut:  Oval Cabochon
Treatments:  None Measurements:  8.5 x 6.5 mm

Fairly recently, there has been a small supply of gemmy Taaffeite to come on the market whose locality is the classic gem area around Mogok, Burma.  As one of the the most well known and requested of rare gem materials, a new Taaffeite source will always be welcome - the trouble, however, is that the gem rough is typically moderately to heavily included.  So, what to do?  Though quite rare, the Taaffeites coming from other localities are capable of being quite clean, so the market has come to expect this.  One alternative would be to saw and grind and find the cleaner areas in the rough, thereby producing a few smaller, cleaner stones.  Others may think a large stone, regardless of clarity, would be the way to go.  Well, when we recently got a hold of one of these pieces of rough, we thought why not try something different yet.  So here you have it, probably one of the only times that a nice example of 'the' classic rare gem material has been cut as a cabochon.

We wanted this done right, so we had the gem cut from one of the best areas of the rough and it came out great.  A superb size (over 2 ct!) and a with a very respectable clarity and a pleasant light color.  Additionally, being that Taaffeite is quite hard (8 on the Moh's scale) it has a great polish and luster.  Faceted Taaffeites in this weight range will typically start around $2000/ct, so it actually ends up being a very competitive option for getting a member of this species.  If you have an eye for oddities or collect rarities and thought you had it all, this might just be the one!

$200 / carat - $406 total