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Benitoite


#1

Hello fellow gem enthusiasts, I am after a sample of the rare and
beautiful gemstone Benitoite. Either some rough which could yield
a few stones a carat or so in size, or some faceted stones. It
will be used in our gemmology class for educational purposes, our
only sample currently is a piece of rough the size of a
rice-grain with one window facet! Any leads to sources would be
appreciated (I am in Australia), thanks, L.Veska.


#2

Regarding the benetoite, rough will be very hard to come by, as
the current source is only one mine (I think it’s always been the
only source) and I read an E-mail from them recently on one of
the interest groups and they said they cut all they mined, didn’t
sell rough at all.

I don’t have their E-mail address handy, will try to hunt it up
for you.


#3
Hello fellow gem enthusiasts, I am after a sample of the rare and
beautiful gemstone Benitoite. Either some rough which could yield
a few stones a carat or so in size, or some faceted stones. It
will be used in our gemmology class for educational purposes, our
only sample currently is a piece of rough the size of a
rice-grain with one window facet! Any leads to sources would be
appreciated (I am in Australia), thanks, L.Veska.

This is an ad from the Lapidary Journal which might help you:
BENITOITE! Two grades of rough: crystal, specimens, faceted.
Neptunite too. Lowest prices. Write for free price list.
WHIMSEY MINING CO., Box 171, Paicines, CA 95043. Phone:
408-639-4531., Fax :408-693-4532


#4

Regarding the benetoite, rough will be very hard to come by, as
the current source is only one mine (I think it’s always been the
only source) and I read an E-mail from them recently on one of
the interest groups and they said they cut all they mined, didn’t
sell rough at all.
I don’t have their E-mail address handy, will try to hunt it up
for you.

Try http://www.snowcrest.net/johnveev/trimco.html

I don’t know if he has any benitoite available but it’s worth a
try.

Susie