Cassiterite gemstone
Thumbnail, 1.03 cm
Mt. Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov, China

Rarely does cassiterite occur in gemmy enough crystals or crystal fragments that can be faceted. This Chinese origin gemstone is 7.63 carats and is only very slightly included. It is a 10.3 mm round cut by the Montana dealership, Coast to Coast, of Art and Michael Grant. The color is light tan/brown and exhibits a good amount of happy sparkle inside! It is a superb cut of a difficult gem to facet in this quality. Old material, now hard to obtain.