TAAFFEITE WITH SLIGHT ASTERISM 0.25 CTS 15158 - AMONG THE RAREST OF GEMSTONES

TAAFFEITE WITH SLIGHT ASTERISM 0.25 CTS 15158 - AMONG THE RAREST OF GEMSTONES

  • $240.00

Carats 0.25
Size 5.6 x 3.6
Color Light Grey
Clarity INC
Shape Pear
Treatment None
Origin Sri Lanka
Location Colombo,Sri Lanka
Price $ 240.00
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.

Refractive Index: 1.726 – 1.733
Hardness: 8
Chemical Composition: Mg3Al8BeO16
Density: 3.60 - 3.61
Crystal Group: Hexagonal

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.

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