Kunzite and diamond 18ct white gold pendant
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This is a one of a kind, handmade 18ct white gold necklace set with an octagonal cut kunzite of a stunning shade of violet pink. The kunzite gem measures 14mm long by 8.4mm wide by 6.3mm deep. Approximately 6.5cts.
It is framed top and bottom with four round brilliant cut diamonds, eight in total G colour VS clarity measuring 1.75mm each. Total diamond carat weight of 0.16ct.
The total length of the pendant, including the diamonds, measures 20mm long by 8.4mm wide. It is on an 18ct white gold filed curb chain, 45cm long (18 inches )
First discovered in 1902, Kunzite is a relative newcomer to the array of coloured stones available for use in jewellery. As the story goes, specimens of an as-yet-unidentified pink crystal were found in San Diego County, California, and sent to Tiffany & Co.’s mineralogist, George Frederick Kunz who the stone is named after. Since then kunzite has proven to be a highly desirable gem. Occurring in attractive shades of pink to violet, kunzite crystals are also often large, with relatively few inclusions. Though difficult to cut due to its two cleavage directions, it lends itself to lovely finished gems that show magnificently in fine jewellery.
Kunzite has been called The Dinner Party stone because the gem needs to be protected from very strong light as it will cause the colour to fade. It is a stunning necklace to be enjoyed at evening events rather than a piece to wear everyday.