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Log of AQC573 on completion of cutting
Cut Shape : Cabochon


Video Log of AQC573 on completion of cutting

HD VIDEO taken in Natural North Daylight (approx 5500 Kelvin). This movie has been professionally videoed and is of the actual piece represented.
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Log of AQC573 in its rough state

Rough Image

ID # AQC573

Geological History

This Aquamarine was formed several hundred million years ago. It was formed in what is known as a pegmatitic vein in the Mount Kenya area of East Africa. What this means is that magma from the earth’s core forces its way up through cracks in the rock and collects various minerals along the way. As the magma cools, the different minerals within it solidify at different temperatures and are deposited in veins or cracks in the rock. This Aquamarine started out as a collection of chemicals known as Alluminium, Beryllium and Silica. Once the magma had almost fully cooled, these chemicals were left over in a rich fluid which concentrated itself in a cavity. Over many millions of years crystals started to form in this cavity which is known as a “gem pocket”. As the crystals formed other impurities such as iron were trapped within them and it is this that makes Aquamarine blue. The environment within this pocket had to remain constant for all these many millions of years otherwise this Aquamarine would never have formed.

Miners digging in the Embu area came across this aquamarine crystal after having blasted into the rock using sticks of dynamite. They opened up the pocket with a hammer and as the first light in hundreds of millions of years penetrated the cavity this aquamarine fell out onto the ground. It was cleaned up with special clippers and taken to Nairobi where it was presented in the Lapigems offices. After careful scrutiny with magnifying equipment the crystal was bought. It was then examined carefully and cut by our master cutters. A journey of hundreds of millions of years has paused here.

Gemstone Reports And Certification

This gemstone has several reports prepared for it by a GIA Gemologist and these reports are shipped with it.

Gemstone Grading Certificate

This certificate is a full and detailed grading report utilizing the Gemological Institute of America Grading system.

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Mining & Geology Report

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This report has been prepared by a GIA Gemologist at Lapigems Gem Company. All gemological tests were performed using current techniques and using current gemological equipment. The gemstone here reported is certified and this report, combined with the printed photo-certificate constitutes a thorough certification of this gemstone from mine to private owner.

Private Ownership Registration
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Quality Report

Color - 4
Clarity - 2
Cut - 4
Rarity - 3

How are these quality allocations reached?

Color Clarity Cut Rarity

Gemstone Grading Report

The gemstone here described has been identified as a natural gemstone and has the following description :

Description : Faceted African Aquamarine
Weight : 2.69 carats
Shape : Cabochon
GIA Color Grade : vslgB 5/5more info
GIA Clarity Grade : SI1more info
Species : Beryl
Variety : Aquamarine
Refractive Index : 1.579
Cause of Color : Iron
Specific Gravity : 2.72
Optic Character : DR Unixial -
Crystal System : Hexagonal
Treatments : None
Country of Origin : Kenya, East Africa

Mining Report

Date Mined : 24th April, 2016
Mining Location : Meru, Kenya
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Type of Source : Primary
Mining Method : Artisanal Open Cast
Host Rock : Quartz / Mica / Amazonite
Chemical Composition of rough : Alluminium Beryllium Silicate

Gemological Testing Methodology

Gemological Tests performed on this gemstone by a GIA Gemologist include but are not limited to:

Refractive Index, Specific Gravity, Pleochroism, Polariscope to ascertain Optic Character, Spectroscope to ascertain spectrum, Magnification with GIA Microscope using darkfield lighting, Chelsea Filter, Ultraviolet Flourescence.

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