Denver Gem & Mineral Show News Scoop:
I had lunch today with Tom Cushman - an old friend and probably the
American who is most knowledgeable about gem happenings in
Madagascar. Seems that the intense pink beryl (from Madagascar)
first shown in Tucson last February is in fact a new previously
This is a very unusual occurrence to have a new mineral discovered
in this day and age. I cannot remember this ever happening before
during my 24 years in this business.
On September 5th 2003 the International Mineralogical Association
(IMA) made this declaration and named the new gem mineral
"pezzottaite" after the well known mineralogist Federico Pezzotta
who was instrumental in its discovery. Tom says that Federico
Pezzotta is "arguably" the most knowledgeable man in the world on
Malagassay pegmatite minerals.
The largest nearly clean faceted gem known at this point is a 6.30 ct
oval step-cut in Cushman's possession. The price is near 100 GRAND!
The new gem mineral is a beryllium silicate with 13 % cesium by
It seems that many folks in the gem biz are not fond of the new name
It is very beautiful, hard and aesthetic with a rich fuchsia-pink
color. It will make a welcome addition to the gem world in both it's
chatoyant cats-eye and transparent faceted varieties. I doubt there
will be very much of it out for sale, but time will tell.
That's the most exciting gem news in Denver so far, but if there is
more I'll let you know.
Steve Green - Rough and Ready Gems, Inc. www.briolettes.com
Fine natural gem briolettes in over 50 materials and precision