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AQUAMARINE
OCCURRENCE: In the pegmatites of Kalahandi, Bolangir, Sambalpur, Dhenkanal and Phulbani Districts.
COLOUR: Yellowish green, green to sky blue.
CHARACTERISTICS: Occurs sometimes as large, transparent, flawless, hexagonal crystals with remarkable clarity, good internal reflection and lustre
CUT GRADE: Suitable for facet cut with high recovery.

 

HELIODOR
OCCURRENCE: Associated with aquamarine in the pegmatite occurrences of Bolangir and Sonepur Districts.
COLOUR: Light yellow to deep yellow.
CHARACTERISTICS: sometimes occurs as long hexagonal prisms with good clarity and transparency.
CUT GRADE: Suitable for facet cut.

 

IOLITE
OCCURRENCE: In metamorphic occurrences of Kalahandi & Nawapada Districts.
COLOUR: Deep blue to violet
CHARACTERISTICS: Occurs as large, transparent, porphyroblasts with good lustre and internal reflection.
CUT GRADE: Facet grade

 

GARNET
OCCURRENCE: In regional metamorphic, altered amphibolite zones of Kalahandi, Nawapara, Dhenkanal and Sonepur Districts.
COLOUR: Medium to deep red, brownish red to dark Almandine, orange red to honey yellow Hessonite and reddish violet rhadolite.
CHARACTERISTICS: Transparent pieces, flawless with excellent lustre and internal reflection.
CUT GRADE: suitable for faceting cabochon and bead making.



RUBY
OCCURRENCE: In metamorphic altered. Contact zones in various belts of Kalahandi District.
COLOUR: Purple red to pigeon blood red.
CHARACTERISTICS: Transparent to translucent hexagonal crystals. Smaller pieces are flawless showing excellent lustre and internal reflection.
CUT GRADE: Facet grade, cabochon grade.



SAPPHIRE
OCCURRENCE: In the nepheline syenites of Nawapara District.
COLOUR: Bluish grey to Prussian blue.
CHARACTERISTICS: Small transparent pieces with good internal reflection and lustre. The bigger pieces are translucent.
CUT GRADE: Facet grade, cabochon grade.



CHRYSOBERYL CAT'S EYE
OCCURRENCE: In the pegmatites of Rayagada, Kalahandi, Bolangir Districts.
COLOUR: Greyish and lemon yellow to honey brown.
CHARACTERISTICS: Translucent pieces showing very sharp and well defined cats-eye effect.
CUT GRADE: Cobochon grade





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