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Untreated Russian Sphene 1.57

untreated russian sphene titanite in neon lime
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1.57 Carat (sold)
Lime Green-Yellow
Medium Dark 60
Very Lightly Included

 

Details:

GRADING REPORT PSS157

 

- Identification: Natural Unheated & Untreated Sphene

- Carat: 1.57

- Shape: Extra Long Pear

- Measures: 11.64x5.25x3.72 (millimeter)

- Color Grade: Very Good+

- Tone: MD60

- Color Zoning: None

- Clarity: Very Lightly Included

- Cutting Grade: Exellent

o       Brilliancy: 66%

o       Depth: 70%

- Origin: East Siberia, Russia

- Treatment: None

 

Certificate No: IGI 219624175 (see scan under 'more images')

 

Overall Grade: Excellent (extra points for rare shape in sphene)

Comment: My personal favorite (and the last) from our parcel of newly arrived East Siberia sphenes. The unusual long shape, and be informed sphene is extremely difficult to cut like that, comes with a dozen marvelous light effects, some of which I tried to capture with artificial light setting and dark-room shots, all under 'more images'. It should be set in a solid pendant and the long tip will have to be protected with a strong bezel setting. Once this is done (we cover all risk) that pendant can be worn on a daily basis without special care (beyond the usual no-kite-surfing, no free-climbing or bungee-jumping).  Glitter daily it will! Must be seen in candle-light, under a full moon, on a dance floor, in blazing sunshine and LED-spot-lights. No window, no visible inclusions, magic cutting, no treatments and all Wild Fish perks included. The hue mixes aggressive green with golden yellow, making lime yellow or lemon green. Thanks to the high dispersion and the long shape the glitter runs up and down the gem, like a firework on a Christmas tree!  My personal favorites carry a premium, as usual, even more than our average gem but I assume you are not here to pinch pennies, especially if you pick my favorites. Speaking of penny-pinching:


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