Most benitoite is uncovered in specimens of bi-pyramidal blue crystals in white natrolite. Soaking the piece in acid dissolves the natrolite but leaves the benitoite unaffected. Specimens like the one on the facing page—which contains cuttable gem material—generally range in value from $1,500 to $2,000. The 14k yellow gold strip bracelet is set with 5 cts. t.w. of benitoite round brilliants. The platinum ring, designed by Bradley Stewart, is bezel set with five round brilliants weighing 1.26 cts. t.w. The four loose gems show off benitoite's true color. The round brilliant weighs 2.5 cts., the cushion cut weighs 1.38 cts., the heart shape weighs 2 cts., and the octagon weighs 1.91 cts. What more can you ask than for a bright vivid blue dispersive, unenhanced gem mined in America? How about a few more of them? Benitoite, California's state gem, fits that description to a T, but up

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