Thursday, October 11, 2012

Gemstone of the Week: Pezzottaite

(Pezzottaite image found on raresource.com)

Pezzottaite is a pink lovers dream gemstone! There are some pink gems that are only faintly pink, or various shades of pale to medium pink, but Pezzottaite is most often shockingly pink! Pezzottaite, is a fairly new gem to the market having only been discovered in 2002 and was named for Dr. Federico Pezzotta of the Museo Civico.  It has a vitreous luster and may be transparent to translucent.  This gemstone is a type of Beryl, which is the same group to which both Emerald and Aquamarine belong to, so expect to pay a high price for any stones of good size and colour.  In 2004, the per carat value of Pezzottaites of 1-2 carats of good quality was $1,600-$4,000 per carat.  The largest Pezzottaite found is about 6 carats and sold for $13,000 per carat.  As this is still a new gem to the market, the per carat value may still be in fluctuation depending upon how well it is received.  Pezzottaites, just like some of the other Beryls, can produce cats-eyed stones. The colour of Pezzottaite ranges from raspberry red to various shades of pink (many of which are shockingly bright).  Pezzottaite is a very rare gemstone and so far has only been found in Afghanistan and Madagascar.

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