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Triphane rough and cut, Pala Chief Mine, Pala, California

This pair of cut and rough triphane comes from the Pala Chief Mine on Chief Mountain in Pala, California. The triphane crystal measures 35 x 33 x 17 mm and weighs 23.6 grams. The Portugese-cut triphane measures 11.3 x 8.6 mm and weighs 8 carats. The stone was 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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