DescriptionEXCEPTIONAL RAINBOW MOONSTONE NECKLACE
Fortunately when Sri Lanka's deposit of 'blue-sheen' Moonstone ran dry in 1988, the blow was softened by the discovery of a 'Rainbow Moonstone' deposit in southern India. But this material is also becoming hard to find in top grades, not surprising given the mining circumstances: the overuse of explosives has resulted in primarily small stones, because the gem rough is heavily fractured in the mining process. Thus this necklace is indeed rare: a graduated set of near flawless Rainbow Moonstone rondells, separated by 18K white gold accent beads and finished with an 18K white gold custom clasp. Each one of these bright and lively beads has a solid blue flash that is augmented by other colors of the rainbow. In very fine condition, this necklace is 17 1/4 inches in length.
Estimate: $12,500 - $15,500.
Condition report available upon request.
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