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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Benitoite is an unusual mineral found only in the southern part of the  Mount Diablo range near the San Benito-Fresno border in California.  Because of its similarity in color, it was initially thought to be  sapphire. Benitoite is unique in that it crystallizes in a class of the  hexagonal system which has a trigonal axis of symmetry.  Large stones  are unheard of and this stone is not only rare, but also quite attractive. Prices for 1ct. stones could easily exceed prices for almost  any diamonds in a similar weight range.



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