Gems and Jewelry, 9.7 x 8.4 mm; 3.32 carats

Axinite is typically considered a collector's stone. This particular gem is a lovely golden-brown / purple color gem with a Cushion cut. Axinite rarely forms in crystals that are gemmy or thick enough for faceting. It is indeed a very rare gem considering that rough is extremely difficult to find. To find a gem over 3 carats is very impressive. Axinite gems are rarely completely clean, so inclusions are accepted by most collectors and dealers. This stone is has some slight inclusions, but shows some trichroism as it does a change color when rotated in different directions. Axinite is actually hard enough that it can be worn in jewelry, though it is a bit brittle.

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