This is a gorgeous all natural aquamarine from Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. Nigeria has been the source of many gems in recent years, including some very fine aquamarine such as this. The color is a lright medium blue with just a hint of green and no gray tones. The gem has some small bubble inclusions that are visible in the macro image, but they are not easily visible in the hand. There is a veil tucked off near one edge that is visible in the hand, but it’s not objectionable. I’ve factored the inclusions into the pricing, making this gem a great value for the size.
I faceted this gem in my custom “Sparkling Snowflake” hexagon design. The resulting gem is bright and scintillating in the hand and very striking. The gem weighs 5.60 carats and measures 12.8 x 11.7 x 7.6 mm. It would make a superb center stone for a ring or pendant.