Taaffeite Natural Genuine Gemstone Rare Rough Crystal 0.96 KT GRG,440

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Taaffeite Natural Genuine Gemstone Rare Rough Crystal 0.96 KT GRG,440

Taaffeite Natural Genuine Gemstone Rare Rough Crystal 0.96 KT GRG,440
THE GEMSTONE WEIGHT IS 0.96 CT

Taaffeite was first discovered in 1945 by the Irish-Austrian gemologist, Count Edward Charles Richard Taaffe (1898 – 1967). Taaffe was sorting through a parcel of cut and polished Sri Lankan spinel gemstones when he discovered something that he knew could not be spinel since it was so obviously doubly refractive (spinel, like garnet and diamond, is singly refractive). This is one of the rare cases where the first sample of a new gem variety was found in the form of a faceted stone.

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THE GEMSTONE WEIGHT IS 0.96 CT

Taaffeite was first discovered in 1945 by the Irish-Austrian gemologist, Count Edward Charles Richard Taaffe (1898 – 1967). Taaffe was sorting through a parcel of cut and polished Sri Lankan spinel gemstones when he discovered something that he knew could not be spinel since it was so obviously doubly refractive (spinel, like garnet and diamond, is singly refractive). This is one of the rare cases where the first sample of a new gem variety was found in the form of a faceted stone.

Taaffeite is known to be colorless, violet, red, green or blue. The most common colors are fairly unsaturated mauve and lavender. Deeper red and purple, colored by traces of chromium and iron, is extremely rare. The largest taaffeite to reach the market was a 33-carat stone sold at a Hong Kong auction in 1999.

Most taaffeite has been misidentified as spinel. But as awareness of its differences to spinel grows, more taaffeite is being discovered. To date, Sri Lanka and Tanzania appear to be the only sources for this material. However, because of the geological connection between the deposits in Sri Lanka, Madagascar and East Africa, gemologists expect that taaffeite will eventually be discovered in Madagascar as well.

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