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    RARE STONE: TAAFFEITE
    Rough & Cut Set
    Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka

    Taaffeite, who's formal name is Magnesiotaaffeite-2N'2S, is an extremely rare gemstone primarily found in the alluvial gem deposits of Sri Lanka. Easily confused with Spinel, it is one of the few gemstones identified from a cut stone before a crystal was found - Count Charles Taaffe discovered Taaffeite while sorting a parcel of Spinel in 1945. He found that Taaffeite is doubly refractive while Spinel is singly refractive. A very wearable rare gemstone, with hardness of 8 - 8 1/2, this facetted fancy cut gem has excellent purple color, weighs an extremely respectable 2.64 carats and measures 10.8 x 7 x 4.8 mm. The uncut crystal weighs 2.04 carats and is lighter in color.


    Estimate: $7,000 - $8,000.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2009
    17th Sunday
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