Gems and Jewelry, 14.6 x 11.9 mm; 4.19 carats
Tawmaw, Burma
This material only comes from one area in the world, and it is truly some of the most gorgeous opaque material out there. It looks like Jade, and although it is found near the famous Jade mining area of Tawmaw in Burma, the two gems do not have much in the way of a chemical relationship. Maw-sit-sit is a combination of many different minerals, and forms from high pressure metamorphism. It is actually a byproduct of the Jade mining process. It is also much more rare than Jade on a worldwide level. This "Shallow Oval" cut stone has the typical rich green color with black streaks like so many of these stones from this area. It is a beautiful stone, and highly valued on the market today.