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A Velvety Violet Blue Benitoite 

2.47-carat barion-cut benitoite with velvety blue color.

2.47 carat Benitoite

Gemologist's Notes:
Benitoite is a rare gem that was first discovered at the headwaters of the San Benito River in 1906.  Gem quality benitoites are found only in a small area of San Benito County,  California.  So, naturally, benitoite is the state gem for California.

Because of its rich blue color,  benitoites have often been mistaken for fine blue sapphires and blue spinels.  Benitoites tend to be found in smaller sizes (usually under one carat) and larger gems are greatly prized by collectors.  Benitoites of more than 2 carats are rare and gems of this exceptional quality,  size and quality are very rare.


Weight: 2.47 carats

Measurements: 7.5  x  6.2 millimeters

Cut Style: barion cut

Color: velvety violetish-Blue hue
dark tone
moderately-strong saturation

Cost: Sold

Treatments: This gemstone has not been treated to enhance its color or clarity.

Designer Notes:
Benitoites are rare and beautiful gemstones,  but they are also one of the softer gems.  Thus,  benitoites are best set in less exposed jewels like a pendant,  brooch or bezel-set ring.

Here are a few jewels that would be great settings for this unique gemstone ....

Tanzanite pendant with nine accenting diamonds.Sapphire and diamond ring in 18kt gold.A striking platinum pendant with a lavender spinel.

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