This is a very elegant cut- it's an emerald shape with clipped corners. At 5.88 carats this Swiss blue topaz is the largest we have offered this weekend. It is very well-cut (proper pavilion angle) for great brilliance. This makes the stone come alive with light! The dimensions are 10.74 x 8.28 x 6.85mm deep.
This is a very, very clean stone- the clarity is VVS or very very slightly included. This means that the inclusions are tiny and few. You will not be able to see them with your naked eye. With a 10X loupe you will be able to find them.
As with all blue topaz, this gemstone is irradiated. Topaz comes out of the ground (virtually always) as a colorless crystal. Radiation makes it blue, or surface treatment makes it pink.
This auction runs for 12 hours and starts at 7BTC with a 1BTC bid increment. As with all of our gemstones, you have 31 days from receipt to return it if it is not everything that you expect! Your total satisfaction is critical to our success.
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