Saturday, 19 January 2019

Lapidary Works of Art, Gemstones and Minerals at Bonhams

Bonhams latest auction was Dec 8. An extremely rare benitoite gem brought $22,500.

The sole source of benitoite was a small mine in San Benito County in northern California which is now closed. Most of the rough yields cut gems below ½ carat. This 2.08 carat example is truly exceptional.

An amber nugget necklace made $1,750
Morganite is the orange to pink variety of beryl. This 97.07 carat example brought $5,000.

A fine cushion-shaped morganite of 39.81 carats made $6,800.
A fine, radiant-cut aquamarine, 75.79 carats, $12,500.

Cat's Eye Chrysoberyl from Sri Lanka, 28 carats, $21,250