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Setting a new minimum for quality inclusion. I give you gem quality Baddeleyite


#1

I know its priceless but what could this rare naturally occuring zirconia go for?

Baddeleyite 1.4ct trillion cut stones.(pictured)


#2

Faceted Baddeleyite is extremely rare and usually an opaque blue to black. Even if there was a new discovery of surprisingly transparent orange baddeleyite, it would be equally surprising to have them all cut into triangular cushions. But assuming you’ve identified these correctly: the first step in figuring out a value here is to get an identification report from a fully equipped, reputable gem lab. You would also need to know where & when these were discovered. Published article(s) would also help to support your claim. Then, these could be valued by discussions with reputable rare gem dealers who know the collector market.


#3

Thank you. So far on my own they match standard cubic zirconia exactly but show pleocroism. Also brown/yellow are both supported.

Baddeleyite is a rare zirconium oxide mineral (ZrO2 or zirconia), occurring in a variety of monoclinic prismatic crystal forms. It is transparent to translucent, has high indices of refraction, and ranges from colorless to yellow, green, and dark brown.

So not impossible by any stretch. Any ball park though per carrat? Hundreds, thousands, $10,000…etc


#4

So it was identified it is Simpsonite and not Baddeleyite. Sorry if I got anyones hopes up…:face_with_monocle:


#5

I hate to say this…but I must…Simpsonite is in my experience, well the only word that best describes it is, dull. From what I see in your photo those stones are NOT dull. Simpsonite does not have that type of clairity nor shine. Someone must have given you a wrong diagnosis. :flushed: I know I will be slammed for my verbiage but it’s Friday. I had some nice “clear” Simpsonite in college but that was a lifetime ago and heaven only knows where they are now. Trust me they did not have near the shine that your stones have. I hope that you indeed do have Baddeleyite. If not and they are indeed Simpsonite they are quite unique specimens.
All the very best
Otter