Anglesite & Smithsonite 2017 01
Anglesite & Smithsonite
This month we feature a couple of rare collectable gems in the yellow spectrum just in time for the Tucson show. Rare varieties and striking colors like these are often what drive one side of the marketplace during the biggest gem show on the planet. Buyers of all kinds come to the desert to feast their eyes on colorful gemstones pulled from every nook and cranny of the globe.
The first featured stone is a faceted 6.56-carat anglesite from Morocco with a beaming lemon-yellow hue that practically glows in the dark. Anglesite is most often seen on the mineral specimen side of the trade, so it is quite rare to see a fine, large, well-cut gem such as this.
The second featured stone is a pear-shaped cabochon-cut smithsonite from Sardinia, Italy. Weighing in at 20.28 carats this candy-like golden yellow jewel is the rarest hue that smithsonite comes in naturally. Colored by zinc, this yellow varietal of smithsonite is coveted by collectors on the mineral and gemstone side of the trade. These two intriguing collectable gems give you a tiny glimpse into what you may find at the Tucson show this year.