My husband, daughter and I attended the Jewellery Show at the
National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham (UK) the other day, and
purchased a number of lovely gemstones (whilst also drooling over all
the gorgeous jewellery being shown).
To my delight, when we returned home in the evening, my husband
produced a present which he’d secretly bought for me at the show - a
6Ct, 12x10mm pink oval Kunzite. It’s absolutely gorgeous, very
sparkly and completely eye-clean, but there are some inclusions
inside the stone which are only visible with my loupe. I like to
have some inclusions in a natural stone, as long as they don’t ruin
the appearance of the stone when viewed with the naked eye - this gem
fits the bill perfectly - the man did good! I’d like to know whether
there are any special considerations I need to take into account
when setting it. I’ve read that much Kunzite has colourless/white
tubular inclusions, but these look more flat than tube-like, and
they’re brown rather than white. They almost resemble rutile needles,
but are more wisp-like but very straight and parallel, almost like a
few bristles from a paint brush stood next to each other. One of them
appears to reach the girdle at one point. There are two small groups
of these “needles”, but I can’t quite make out whether each group
consists of a number of “needles”, or just one which has been
reflected due to the Portugese faceting on the pavilion. Does
anybody have any idea as to the identity of the inclusions?
Incidentally, I’m aware of the fading tendency in sunlight, so the
ring I make with it will only be worn when going to evening events/
special occasions not involving bright sunshine. Any advice
regarding the inclusions and setting would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.