Faceted triphane, Pala Chief Mine, Pala, California

This is a selection of cut triphane from the Pala Chief Mine on Chief Mountain in Pala, California. 

Back row, l to r: 21 x 15.3 x 9.2 mm, 25 carats; 17.4 x 12 x 7.1 mm, 10.8 carats; 17 x 13 x 7.8 mm, 14.7 carats

Front row, l to r: 11.3 x 8.6 mm, 7.6 carats; 11.1 x 7 x 6 mm, 3.5 carats; 11.3 x 10.5 x 6.6 mm, 6.0 carats

The stones were faceted here in Los Angeles by a master lapidary who is very experienced cutting triphane; due to its perfect cleavage, its a difficult stone to cut, but the results are well worth it.

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