Specimens from My Personal Benitoite Collection

When I began dealing mineral specimens I decided it was time to develope a focus for my collection.  I decided that all that I would collect would be benitoite from any global location and the minerals found at the Benitoite Gem mine. W ith the advent of the Benitoite.com website, which I launched in May 2001, I decided to present some specimens from my personal collection.

I have been collecting minerals since 1977 and I found my first specimen from the Benitoite Gem mine in April of 1980.  I have had the opportunity to visit the Benitoite Gem mine 16 times and over half of the pieces in my collection were were self collected.  Most of the better specimens in my collection were purchased however.  And that has not been a pocket-book friendly experience but as any collector will tell you.... When you see something you want money will usually not get in the way of that "need".

Not all of the specimens are spell binding in terms of aesthetics as I am most interested in acquiring specimens which display interesting characteristics such as associations, unusual crystal habit or minerals that are rare from the Benitoite Gem Mine.

Sorry , but these specimens arenot for sale.

Over time I will continue to add additional specimen images as I get around to it.

New specimens were added:

May 10th, 2001
July 25th, 2001
October 15th, 2001
May 25th, 2002
April 17th, 2003
May 9, 2007 
May 3, 2009
June 16, 2010
August 24, 2011  
 - Major specimen addition and page update.
April 17, 2012



JTV-001
Benitoite & Neptunite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased From Bob Kahl - 1998

  
   
 



This specimen is a Thumbnail sized rock consisting of two perfect triply terminated benitoite crystals with a doubly terminated neptunite stuck between the two.  This rock is my favorite of all the specimens I have.

 

JTV-002 (trimmed into five specimens April 2009)
Benitoite & Neptunite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Self Collected December 1986

Large cabinet specimen with over 50 crystals of benitoite - several triply terminated and a lustrous, doubly terminated, 4.3 cm crystal of neptunite. The largest benitoite crystal is the flat lying crystal and it is 2.7 cm across! I collected this specimen in late December 1986.

Here's what it is now:

JTV-183

Significant benitoite specimen with nine crystals to 2.5 cm across and 4.4 cm, doubly terminated neptunite!

JTV-186

1.2 cm crystal of benitoite almost triply terminated on crossite and natrolite matrix with a couple of small joaquinite crystals.

JTV-185

Several crystals of benitoite to 1.5 cm are associated with neptunite on crossite and natrolite matrix.

JTV-184

Several crystals of benitoite to 1.5 cm are associated with neptunite. One benitoite crystals has an odd, very thin undulating wafer shape.

JTV-187

0.75 cm crystal - almost triply terminated on crossite/natrolite matrix.


JTV-003
Benitoite, Neptunite & Joaquinite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Self Collected February 1990 


This is a miniature sized specimen with several lustrous crystals of neptunite to 2.5 cm in length and several crystals of benitoite including the small 0.5 cm crystal with the joaquinite crystals and the killer 1 cm pure gem crystal perched on a neptunite crystal.


JTV-004
Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased from John Seibel 2008

10 x 6.2 x 3.5 cm - This specimen is host to hundreds of lustrous crystals of drusy benitoite to 0.6 cm across.

 

JTV-005
Neptunite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Self collected February 1990

This is a small cabinet sized specimen of neptunite. There are well over 200 crystals of neptunite on this rock - all in perfect condition and superb luster. The largest crystal in this black forest is 1.6 cm in length.


JTV-006
Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Etched from Mine Run material 2010

5.5 x 2.2 x 1.7 cm - This specimen is a stack of lustrous, nice blue colored benitoite crystals. Total eye candy!!


JTV-009
Jonesite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased From Roy Holloway - 2004 

14 x 10 x 3.7 cm - Large specimen of crossite is host to clusters of jonesite to 4 mm across!! This is enormous for this species which is the rarest mineral from the Benitoite Gem Mine.  This is likely one of the finest specimens known for jonesite.


JTV-010
Benitoite

Benitoite Gem Mine

San Benito County, California
Purchased from Collector's Edge in 2002

Miniature specimen with a dozen or so crystals with exceptional ocillatory development between c & p faces. Most crystals have a & d faces or at least one or the other. The crystals are gemmy and lustrous.


JTV-012
Benitoite, Joaquinite & Neptunite - "Sushi"
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Obtained from Collector's Edge in 2010 and willed to Emily Perry when I pass on.

3.1 x 2.4 x 1.3 cm - This incredible specimen was etched by Bill Hawes while he worked for Collector's Edge. The piece has three triply terminated crystals of benitoite to 0.8 cm across and has joaquinite and neptunite crystals also. The largest neptunite is doubly terminated. It was nicknamed the "Sushi Plate" by Bryan Lees. One of the iconic specimens from the mine!


JTV-013
Benitoite & Joaquinite

Benitoite Gem Mine

San Benito County, California
Ex - Philadelphia Academy
Purchased from Kristalle/Crystal Classics in 2009

4.6 x 3 x 2.3 cm - This is an old timer from shortly after the mine was discovered. It has several benitoite xtls to 1.1 cm across and a few scattered joaquinite crystals. This specimen was not prepped at all with anything other than chisel and hammer as was typical in the earliest days of mining at the Gem Mine.


JTV-014
Benitoite & Albite

Magnet Cove

Arkansas
Purchased from Chris Stefano in 2010

1.1 x 0.8 x 0.6 cm - This specimen has milky white crystals of albite and on it are very, very small pale blue crystals of benitoite and sprays of acicular actinolite. Rare locality piece from Magnet Cove, Arkansas.



JTV-015
Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased from Steve Perry 2000

A 0.8 cm triply terminated crystal sets atop crossite and natrolite pedestal.


JTV-017
Unknown Amphibole (Aegerine ?) in Natrolite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Self collected in August 2003

10 x 5.6 x 5.4 cm - Sprays of aegerine - or some other amphibole - are locked in natrolite.


JTV-018

Benitoite, Joaquinite, Djurleite & Neptunite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Mine Run material self etched 2009

12.2 x 7.3 x 2.2 cm - This specimen is loaded with djurleite and joaquinite crystals. The joaquinites are large and richly colored also. One of the benitoite crystals has some gem rough.


JTV-019
Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased From Bob Kahl - 1998

This is a triply terminated floater. It consists of several intergrown crystals without any contact that I can find anywhere. The crystal is 1.7 cm across.


 
JTV-020
Neptunite

Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Self collected in April 1980

4.7 x 3.2 x 2.6 cm - This specimen of crossite is host to partial and complete crystals of neptunite. The largest is 1.1 cm in length. This is the first specimen I ever collected from the Benitoite Gem mine in June 1980. Totally just a sentimental rock...

 

JTV-021
Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine

San Benito County, California
Purchased from Rick Kennedy 2008

2.8 x 2.2 x 2 cm - This specimen of dark green actiniolite/crossite is host to a very lustrousn 1.2 cm crystal of deep blue benitoite. There is a smaller crystal at the base of it also.


JTV-022
Benitoite & Neptunite

Benitoite Gem Mine

San Benito County, California
Purchased from Steve Perry in 2002 

2.5 x 1.6 x 1 cm - This specimen consists of a benitoite set at the base of a neptunite crystal.


JTV-024
Benitoite & Joaquinite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Etched from mine run material 2009

3.5 x 2.5 x 1 cm - This is a large crystal at 2.7 cm at its widest but it is a partial rocky too. Hence it ihas irregular shape though there is only one small area of damage which was exposed before the crystal was etched. One small joaquinite perched on the side of the crystal. This crystal demonstrates how benitoite crystals developed in the matrix that they grew on - not so good.


JTV-025
Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Etched from Mine Run material in 2006



Eight glassy crystals of deep blue and gemmy benitoite on crossite matrix with very rare "a" and "d" faces. The largest crystal is 1.4 cm across.


 

JTV-026
Benitoite

Benitoite Gem Mine

San Benito County, California
Etched from mine run material in 2010

3.7 x 2.3 x 1.4 cm - Two adjoined crystals of benitoite comprise this specimen. One is damaged the other is triply terminated. Both are large blocky crystals and moderately included with actinolite.


JTV-030
Benitoite
Victor Claim
San Benito County, California
Purchased from Roy Hollowel in 2004  
 

15 x 9 x 8.7 cm - Large block of blue schist has a grouping of light blue, tabular, lustrous benitoite crystals to 0.7 cm across. Nice locality piece.


 
JTV-031
Neptunite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased from Collector's Edge 2003 
 

8.5 x 6.5 x 3.8 cm - This specimen is host to 4 crystals of neptunite to 4 cm in length! All have brilliant luster and two are doubly terminated.


JTV-032
Benitoite & Aegerine (?)
Benitoite Gem Mine

San Benito County, California
Etched from mine run material 2010
 

6.6 x 3.5 x 2.6 cm - I etched this specimen. It has sprays of dark green aegerine(?) upon which pale blue to colorless benitoite crystals of thin tabular habit have been deposited.


 

JTV-041
Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Self collected in December 1986

Who says I don't collect micros!?!?! This specimen has a number of funky benitoite crystals but it also has this PERFECT 2 mm crystal partiall emerged from natrolite. When I saw this while cleaning a bunch of specimens several years ago I was smitten by the perfection and the glassy nature of this little guy so in the collection it went.


 
JTV-044
Silver with Djurleite & Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Gift from Bryan Lees in 2007
 

3.3 x 2.3 x 1 cm - This specimen has numerous crystals of djurleite to 4 mm across with one 3.5 mm benitoite and one small wire of silver about 1.5 mm in length. Only known specimen of silver from the mine. Many thanks to Bryan Lees for this incredible specimen!


JTV-046
Benitoite Twin
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Gift from Bryan Lees in 2000

A 0.9 cm twinned crystal of benitoite. This specimen has two of the six lobes of a "star of David"


JTV-050
Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Etched from Mine Run material in 2007

10.7 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm - This specimen has two generations of benitoite. The last created some vey strange stacked crystal formations!


JTV-054
Benitoite & Joaquinite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased from Herb Obodda in 2006

6.2 x 4.4 x 3.2 cm - Specimen of natrolite with free floating benitoite crystals of exceptional dark blue color and luster - a couple of the crystals have considerable gem rough. The crystals were obviously liberated during the natrolite phase and then locked in massive natrolite. There are some extraordinary thin tabular joaquinite crystals also to 1mm across.


 
JTV-057
Benitoite & Chalcocite

Benitoite Gem Mine

San Benito County, California
Ex - Marty Zinn Collection
Purchased from Kristalle/Crystal Classics in 2010
 

8 x 7 x 3.8 cm - Numerous crystals of deep blue and gemmy benitoite to 1.5 cm and two large chalcocite crystals to 1 cm are found on this specimen of solid natrolite. It is apparent that the benitoite and chalcocite crystals were liberated from matrix during the natrolite phase as they are all floating in the natrolite.


JTV-060
Joaquinite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Self Collected in June 2001 
 

4.7 x 3.9 x 2.6 cm - This specimen has an enormous 4 mm sized crystal of joaquinite. One of the largest I have ever seen!



JTV-065
Benitoite & Neptunite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased from Len Pisciotta in 2003
 

This is a miniature sized specimen over all with a "thicket" of neptunite crystals and one of the most interesting benitoite crystals I have ever seen! The 0.7 cm crystal has a hoppered c face. The crystal is gemmy as seen in the picture but the c-face is inverted which is unique in my experience! I haven't ever seen a crystal like this on well over 7500 benitoite specimens I have handled or viewed.


JTV-071
Benitoite & Neptunite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased from Collector's Edge in 2001 


This is an attractive miniature with several very deep blue crystals of benitoite to 1.5 cm across amidst a bunch of lustrous crystals of neptunite.


 
JTV-074
Benitoite

Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Etched from mine run material in 2007

9.7 x 4.0 x 3.2 cm - This specimen of greenish crossite and natrolite is host to dozens of cornflower blue crystals of benitoite. The crystals have an almost milky white core. The largest is 1.2 cm across.etched this specimen.


JTV-076
Jonesite, Neptunite & Joaquinite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Self Collected 1991 

This is a specimen which has numerous crystals of jonesite as singles. Associated minerals include neptunite and joaquinite. The crystal pictured here is 1.5 mm which is MONSTEROUS for the species!


JTV-079
Benitoite & Neptunite
 
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased from Collector's Edge 2004

4.7 x 2.7 x 2.2 cm - This specimen has two gem bearing benitoite crystals to 1.4 cm across. There are also several neptunite crystals including a 1.1 cm doubly terminated crystal.


 

JTV-081
Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County,California
Purchased from Collector's Edge 2003

3.8 x 3.4 x 1.7 cm - This specimen has two crystals of benitoite. The smaller one is nearly colorless and is oddly colored on one side of the crystal only.


 
JTV-083
Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Etched from mine run material in 2010

3.8 x 2.7 x 2 cm - This specimen has three adjoined crystals with large c face development and bright luster. The largest is 1.5 cm across.


JTV-084
Benitoite & Neptunite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Puchased from Dan Weinrich in 2011 

3.8 x 2.2 x 2 cm - This specimen originally came from Bill and Buzz via Tim Sherburn to me. I sold it to Lloyd Tate and when he sold his collection to Dan Weinrich I bought it back. Nice composition piece of the two primary minerals from the mine.


JTV-089
Benitoite

Benitoite Gem Mine

San Benito County, California
Gift from Bryan Lees 2002

These are two tabular shaped, pale blue, color zoned gem crystals of benitoite found in the jig in 2003. The total carat weight is 5.67 cts. Both are about 1 cm across.



JTV-090
Benitoite in Albite

Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased from Collector's Edge 2002 

3.1 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm - This specimen has a nearly triply terminated crystal of brilliantly lustrous benitoite that is 1.7 cm across. From the upper most workings of the mine, these things are rather rare. The benitoite from this zone tends to have a deep blue color and brilliant luster.


JTV-091
Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Etched from mine run material in 2010



10.1 x 6.2 x 3.8 - This secimen has numerous crystals of etched benitoite. The crystals are complete but look a bit ragged. Under the scope the etch features are visible. Many of the crystals are gem quality. The piece originally had nice pocket crystalline natrolite so most of the benitoite crystals were liberated during the natrolite phase.


JTV-092
Albite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Self collected in August 2003s



8.2 x 5.7 x 2.6 - This specimen of schist is host to a druse of lustrous ablite crystals. This specimen came from the upper most portion of the mine. It was on a larger boulder that JTV093 also was chipped off of.


JTV-093
Albite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Self collected in August 2003



8.2 x 6 x 3.3 cm - This specimen of schist is host to a druse of lustrous ablite crystals. This specimen came from the upper most portion of the mine. It was on a larger boulder that JTV092 also was chipped off of.


JTV-094
Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Etched from mine run material in 2011

3.1 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm - This specimen of natrolite and crossite is host to several lustrous, deep blue crystals of benitoite. Most of the benitoite crystals have the rare d faces as seen in the photo on the right.


JTV-095

Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Etched from mine run material in 2011

3.1 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm - This specimen of natrolite and crossite is host to two lustrous, deep blue crystals of benitoite. Both crystals have the rare d faces.


JTV-096
Benitoite

Benitoite Gem Mine

San Benito County, California
Purchased from Kristalle/Crystal Classics 2007

8.8 x 6 x 3.2 cm - This specimen has unusual c faces. The pyramid faces are also quite odd. The C faces are not pinacoid but rather and undulating group of smaller triangular shaped features. I have never seen this on a benitoite crystal before. Some gem crystals on this thing also.


JTV-100
Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased from Dan Balan 2012

4.6 x 3.3 x 3.0 cm - This specimen of natrolite is host to six partial crystals of incredibly lustrous and gemmy benitoite. The crystals were floaters likely detatched when the natrolite phase occured.


JTV-101
Benitoite & Neptunite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased From Bob Kahl - 1998

 

This specimen is a small miniature with several very well formed crystals of benitoite including the fine triply terminated crystal which is 1.3 cm across. The largest crystal on the specimen is 1.7 cm across.


JTV-102
Benitoite & Neptunite
Mina Numero Uno
San Benito County, California
Purchased from Ray Grant 2012

6.5 x 5.3 x 2.9 cm - This specimen of crossite has an exposed vug filled with tabular crystals of pink benitoite. This is one of the true benitoite oddities and they were only found from the Mina Numero Uno. The largest crystal is .7 cm across. Neptunite is also found as inclusions in the crossite.


 JTV-107
Twinned Neptunite & Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Etched from mine run material in 2004

5 x 4.5 x 2 cm specimen with a 1.2 cm twin of neptunite and several crystals of additional neptunite and benitoite. Some joaquinite also. This twin is another perfect example of twinning on (001) miller indices.


JTV-113
Apatite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Self collected in August 2003

This specimen of crossite and natrolite has numerous prismatic crystals of water clear and colorless apatite to 4 mm in length. They are non-reactive under SW UV light.


JTV-116
Benitoite & Natrolite

Benitoite Gem Mine

San Benito County, California
Self collected in February 1990

8 x 5 x 3.5 cm - Pocket of natrolite crystals with floating partial benitoite crystals exposed. This is typical of the crystallized natrolite from the Benitoite Gem Mine.


JTV-121
Benitoite
Numero Uno Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased from Len Pisciotta 2000

This specimen comes from the Mina Numero Uno Mine which is located about 8 km northwest of the Benitoite Mine. This location does not have much in the way of natrolite so most benitoite found there is exposed in thin veins. Only when the veins open up do you find crystals like this one. Most of the veins are very narrow resulting in benitoite that is more or less massive. This is a VERY choice crystal from this other locality. It measures 5 mm across.


JTV-124
Benitoite & Neptunite

Benitoite Gem Mine

San Benito County, California
Self Collected in August 2003

5.1 x 3.5 x 2.6 cm - This specimen is a nearly solid vein of benitoite. There are abundant crystals with high luster and a few partial neptunite crystals. Good example of a solid vein.


JTV-134
Neptunite Twin & Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine

San Benito County, California
Purchased from Bob Kahl in 1998


This is a cabinet sized specimen of natrolite and crossite hosting crystals of benitoite and neptunite. This is the largest legitimate twin of neptunite on 001 I have ever encountered. The twin measures 2.3 cm across and is a perfect example of twinning on (001) miller indices. The added attraction are the benitoite crystals which reach up to 1.2 cm across on this rascal.


JTV-139
Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased from Collector's Edge 2002

This small miniature specimen has several gemmy crystals of benitoite - most have fractures and on first appearance would not seem to be all that particularly special. A closer look however reveals the presence of some of the rarest crystal faces found on benitoite - those of the x faces. Louderback, in his 1909 description, indicated that he saw this face completely developed on only one specimen out of over five hundred that he examined to describe the crystallography of benitoite.


JTV-140
Benitoite

Benitoite Gem Mine

San Benito County, California
Self Collected in August 2003

3.8 x 2 x 1.4 cm - This specimen has gemmy blue, tabular crystals of benitoite to 1.4 cm across. All of the crystals have excellent luster.


 JTV-143
Benitoite

Benitoite Gem Mine

San Benito County, California
Self Collected in May 2002

3.5 x 2.6 x 1.3 cm - The specimen has the most deeply etched crystals of benitoite I can recall seeing. There are also obvious casts of some long gone mineral as well. Despite the funky appearance this crystal has absolutely no damage!


JTV-146
Benitoite, Neptunite & Joaqunite

Benitoite Gem Mine

San Benito County, California
Purchased 2003 from Collector's Edge

5.3 x 4.2 x 2.3 cm - Two benitoite crystals to 1.8 cm across with two larger neptunite crystals. Numerous small neptunite and joaquinite crystals are also present. One of the benitoite crystals has good gem rough in it.


JTV-149
Benitoite, Neptunite & Joaqunite

Benitoite Gem Mine

San Benito County, California
Gift from Bryan Lees 2002
 

0.9 x 0.7 x 0.5 cm - This is a lustrous gem partial crystal of benitoite totally facetable. It weighs 1/2 gram +/- so has a 1+ finished stone in it at least.


JTV-152
Benitoite, Neptunite, Joaquinite & Djurleite
 
Benitoite Gem Mine

San Benito County, California
Purchased 2003 from Collector's Edge

5.1 x 3.5 x 2.6 cm - This specimen has a nice mix of all four species. The largest benitoite is 1.6 cm across.  The djurleite crystals are difficult to make out in the photos as they are jet black like the neptunite crystals but they are there.


JTV-154
Neptunite Twin with Neptunite

Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased from Dave Douglass 2008

6.1 x 5.6 x 3.1 cm - The specimen has a twin on 001 and other neptunite crystals. The twin is 2.1 cm across and is likely the finest known in terms of size and quality.


JTV-157
Neptunite

Benitoite Gem Mine

San Benito County, California
Purchased from Steve Perry - 2005
 

3.7 x 2.3 x 1.4 cm - Two adjoined crystals of benitoite comprise this specimen. One is damaged the other is triply terminated. Both are large blocky crystals and moderately included with actinolite.


JTV-162
Benitoite, Neptunite & Joaquinite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased from Rick Kennedy 1999

This is a large thumbnail sized specimen of gem quality benitoite with crystals of joaquinite and a single crystal of neptunite. There are large gem sections in both of these crystals the largest of which is 2 cm across at its widest point.


 
JTV-172
Benitoite & Joaquinite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased from Steve Perry 2000

This specimen is a miniature with a cluster of very lustrous crystals of benitoite to 1.7 cm across. What is particular about this specimen is the very thin nature of the crystals and superb luster. Benitoite is typically dull on all but the c and a faces. The center of the crystals are included with silica pseudomorphs after serandite. A few small crystals of joaquinite round out this specimen.


JTV-176
Benitoite & Neptunite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Etched from Mine Run material 2011

2.8 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm - This specimen has benitoite and neptunite crystals on crossite and there are also some benitoite crystals set on the tops of the neptunite. Quite cool looking.


JTV-178
Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased from Rick Kennedy 2001

This is a Thumbnail sized specimen hosting a 1 cm gem crystal. We are talking blue glass here!


JTV-188
Benitoite & Neptunite
Benitoite Gem Mine
San Benito County, California
Purchased from Collector's Edge 2001

 

This specimen is a miniature with scads of rich blue colored crystals of benitoite to 1.6 cm across. The center crystal is exceptional in its form while the crystal directly below (upper left picture) it has at least a 2+ carat gemstone! This one ain't gettin cut!