3.90 ct. Brazilian Staurolite - The Gem Trader Rare Gems

3.90 ct. Brazilian Staurolite

  • Color: Very Dark Orange-Red

  • Clarity: Eye Clean

  • Origin: Brazil

  • Cut: Rectangular Step

  • Treatments: None

  • Measurements: 10.1 x 8.1 mm

Staurolite has the unusual distinction of being an extremely rare faceted gem as well a very well known (dare we say common!) mineral specimen.  The name derives from the mineral's habit of twinning into specimens that resemble crosses - indeed, these are often called 'fairy stones' and rock and mineral shows. 

Staurolite is nearly always massive and gem grade areas in any of the crystals are essentially non-existent.  This superb faceted example is far and away the largest gem we have ever come across. In fact, typical stones tend to be in the 0.10-0.20 ct. weight range. Of course, quite dark in tone but still distinctly red and, remarkably, entirely clean. A totally museum grade example of the species, complete with a GIA cert.

$250 / carat - $975 total