Friday, December 23, 2011

Gemstone of the Week: Benitoite


Benitoite is a very rare and gorgeous blue gemstone.  The stone has a high brilliance and is almost diamond-like in it's brilliance.  Benitiote was first discovered in San Benito County, California in 1906. Gem quality Benitiote is known only to be found in Califorinia and in October 1985 it was named as the official state gemstone.  For stones over 2 carats it can retail for as much as $6,000 per carat.  Smaller stones between 1-2 carats may retail for between $800-$4,000 per carat depending on the quality, and even smaller stones for between $200-$1000 per carat depending on their quality.