100% Natural - Not treated in any way. Rare Collectors Gem. Suitable for Museums,Institutions and Students of Gemology. Clean Gems are rare. Large Sizes are Extremely Rare. Among the Rarest of gemstones. Taaffeite - Named after Richard Taaffe(1898 - 1967) of Germany who discovered the first gem in 1945 while sorting a parcel of Sri Lankan (Ceylon) Spinel. Taaffeite is one of the Rarest gems in the world - A thousand times rarer than Diamond. If you collect all the Taaffeites in the world, you would get probably a handful and the Rarest Musgrovites, less than ten specimen are documented.
Taaffeite comes in mauve, purple pink, and red. Reds are extremely rare. If you collect all the faceted gems in the world you would get less than a handful -a thousand times rarer than Diamond. We have come across a couple of Star stones, and color-change stones, which are extremely rare – just a few - less than ten specimens documented so far.Among the ten rarest gems in the world! Named after Bohemian Edward Taaffe who discovered the first Taaffiete from a box of Sri Lankan spinels in 1945. The stone displayed a double refraction which was uncharacteristic of Spinel.