Gems: Taaffeite - Zircon

0.99 ct. Triphyllite

0.99 ct. Triphyllite

85.00
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  • Color:  Medium Dark Pink
  • Clarity:  Eye Clean to Slightly Included
  • Origin:  Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Cut:  Triangle
  • Treatments:  None
  • Measurements:  7.5 x 6.1 mm

Triphylite (someimes spelled with double l's as Triphyllite) is a scarce phosphate mineral that is quite rare in gem quality.  One of the few localities that has produced gem rough has been the area around Galileia in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.  This gem is a fine example of this difficult material - both the cutting and clarity are far above the quality normally encountered.  Additionally, as has been documented in some of these phosphate minerals, there is a discernable color shift from sunlight to incandescent light.  Daylight will give a dominant green bodycolor while incandescent light will produce flashes of brownish copper-red; under most lighting you will see a mix of these two.  These are quite difficult to find this nice and selected just this stone from a recent parcel.

$85 total