Fluorapophyllite (rough and cut set)
Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India
Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 4.2 x 2.3 cm (Crystal), 8.58 ct (Gem)
7.0 x 4.2 x 2.3 cm (Specimen); 8.58 carats; 13.02 mm (Gem) - A gorgeous "Portuguese Round Brilliant" cut colorless gem makes up half of this attractive rough and cut set. The stone is clearly a custom cut and looks amazing in any light. You have to remember that because Apophyllite has perfect cleavage one direction, it makes cutting gems very difficult. The specimen hosts some really attractive, colorless, sharp, very lustrous crystals - the largest of which is doubly-terminated - and makes for a great match for the stone. I realize that Indian Apophyllites are common on the market, but faceted stones are NOT common, so it makes rough and cut sets very difficult to assemble.