Demantoid Garnet (New Find)
Antetezambato, Ambanja District, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
Gems and Jewelry, 8.0 x 5.0 mm; 2.26 cts

There are two round brilliant cuts we have to offer, and these sexy looking gems are among our favorites in the array. The nature of the material gave best yield with other cuts, and few rounds were made in the attempt to maximize yields from the top percentile of the cherry picked rough over the last 2 seasons. This is the second largest stone, and this quality is exceedingly rare in this size. The cut is top rate, and the rich (but not overly dark) color makes this gem "pop" with life. It compares favorably to Russian demantoid which has been priced at over double or triple the amount. In person it is eye clean, but the high resolution photo finds inclusions the human eye misses except with a loupe, and has magnified them. It is an attention-grabber, certainly, as a wearable gem or in a rough and cut collection! From the cherry-picked collection assembled during several years of excavation by Dr. Federico Pezzotta, discoverer of Pezzottaite and the man who handled the most of these demantoids as well, we are proud and privileged to offer this unique lot of gems cut from a modern day classic find: world-class demantoids from Madagascar.