Spanish Sphalerite 85.59ct 29.32x19.61mm Oval, Barion Cut. Gemstone Was Mined From The Aliva Mine In Cantabria, Spain And Was Also Cut In Spain.
An uncommon treasure for gemstone collectors, sphalerite is a gem that has few peers in the realm of gemstones. With 3.5 times more dispersion than diamond, its fiery beauty makes it a gem in high demand with gem lovers across the globe. While prized by collectors, the availability of gem quality material is, at best, quite scarce. Historically, Spain has been regarded as the premier source for the finest quality gems. When fashioning rough material into gems, it is all about the lapidary and the cutting process. Sphalerite presents great challenges to the gem cutter due to its lack of hardness, perfect cleavage and brittle nature. Yet, once a gem has been properly cut and polished, the final result is spectacular as the gems internal and external beauty has been revealed! Mother Nature wasn't shy as she was mixing sphalerite's formula. It is a zinc oxide that contains varying amounts of iron, which determine its final color or blends of color. Named from the Greek sphaleros, meaning deceptive, its name is well deserved as it presents identification difficulties in the field without proper gemological tools. A gem not often seen, we invite you to discover the brilliance of sphalerite today at Jewelry Television and jtv.com.
This large, bright sphalerite dazzles with its intense, reddish orange color! While it has a few internal characteristics visible to the naked eye, its brilliance more than compensates for their presence. To further accentuate its incredible dispersion, it was fashioned into an oval barion cut. By design, the barion cut has a deep pavilion and the extra depth further highlights this jewel's dramatic color. This remarkable gem hails from the legendary, and now-closed, Aliva Mine in Cantabria, Spain. Add this Spanish masterpiece to your rare gem collection today!