Tuesday, May 30, 2017

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for June 2017!


Here are the changes on the All That Glitters Website for June 2017:

This Month's Special:  6.35ct Oval Bubble Gum Pink Natural Spinel
http://www.atggems.com/Monthly_Special.htm
A large recut Natural Pink Spinel, of a bubble gum pink (similar to California Tourmaline), is June's Special - Save 10%.

This Month's Gem News:   Lesedi La Rona Diamond - 2nd-Largest Ever Mined
"The Lesedi La Rona diamond is the second-largest diamond discovered in over a century. But it failed to sparkle enough interest from bidders at a June 28 Sotheby's auction in London".
Read More…


Saturday, April 29, 2017

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for May 2017!


Here are the changes on the All That Glitters Website for May 2017:

This Month's Special:  Montana Sapphire
http://www.atggems.com/Monthly_Special.htm
All Montana Sapphire is 10% OFF for the Month of May!

This Month's Gem News:   Montana's Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine
"Hidden in the mountains of the Treasure State, Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine is a worthwhile travel destination for catching the incurable Montana sapphire fever. Sapphire deposits in this area are some of the richest in North America. Sapphire found here is usually referred to as Rock Creek sapphire".
Read More…

Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones: 
34.80ct Ametrine with every cutting style incorporated into one piece!
Green Sapphire, 3.50ct, Oval - Priced to Move…..
3.84ct Green (slight blue) Tourmaline Emerald Cut
Faceted All That Glitters Rough recently back from one of our expert facetors includes the following:
   3 Large Mahenge Garnets (2 of a Pink variety and 1 of an Orangy color - all sought after
   currently and fetching astronomically high prices for Garnet out there in the retail and
   wholesale market)
   6 Blue (various blues including a Parti-Colored one!) Montana Sapphire
   1 Neony Green Tourmaline
Eight gemstones recently back from GIA and now Certed:
   Padparadscha Oval weighing 1.62cts, wonderful size, color, cutting, clarity
   Padparadscha 1.13ct and 1.41ct, ovals, UNHEATED
   1.51ct Round/Oval Orangy Sapphire
   Glowing Blue/Purple Color Shifting Trilliant 2.47ct UNHEATED Sapphire
   Alexandrite Oval, Bluish Green to Purple, 1.00ct , super piece! 
   1.04ct Fancy Cushion Ruby, UNHEATED
   Elongated Cushion 1.05ct Ruby
Screaming Neon Pink with hint of Orange Mahenge Spinel - large size with good cutting, color, clarity
Mahenge Spinel 1.32ct Oval Spinel - neon reddish pink, very bright as expected from this area
Malaia Garnet Cushion, 3.25ct  ON HOLD (Germany - will ship upon our return east)
Wonderful 7+mm (2.16ct) Glowing Blue Round Ceylon Sapphire - Think Engagement Ring!
Gold or Gold-Plated Coin found in the Sri Lanka Gem Pits, approx 1000+ years old (?)
4.88ct Green Zircon - very good green and transparent  (Currently awaiting approval of sale)
Red Spinel Cushion (1.74cts)
Large Medium Seafoam Blue Tourmaline - unique color, shape, cutting
1.65ct Oval Red Vietnamese Spinel - another must see gem in person
Gorgeous Pink-Imperial Zircon weighing 4.39cts in a fancy squarish cushion shape
A greenish blue 2.34ct UNHEATED Sapphire (Certed) - very unique in color
Certed Cobalt (Blue) Spinel weighing 1.46ct  - unusual to be certed
49+ct Sculpted Oregon Sunstone with Heavy Schiller, Major/Important Piece - Dalan Hargraves, Artist
Quartz with interesting growth of reddish brown crystals
Indonesian Agate with double eye
Custom Framed Ural Mountains (Russia) Mineral Slab - natural design of various colors
Blue Terminated Tourmaline Crystal sitting on Smoky Quartz Crystal - Cruzeiro Mine, Brasil
Large 440+ct Epidote Crystals in Clear Quartz - great for a curio cabinet or paperweight for a desk
Beautiful Greenish Blue Transparent Tourmaline Crystal from a famous Mozambique locality
Wonderful Yellow Diamond-Like Zircon with super fire, cutting, etc. weighing 6.29cts
Gorgeous Pink-Imperial Zircon weighing 4.39cts in a fancy squarish cushion shape

All That Glitters Recent Recommendations - Everyone Will Love These NEW Gems for Many Reasons!...
Large 8+ct Mahenge Garnet
Screaming Neon Pink with hint of Orange Mahenge Spinel - large size with good cutting, color, clarity
Mahenge Spinel 1.32ct Oval Spinel - neon reddish pink, very bright as expected from this area
1.65ct Oval Red Vietnamese Spinel - another must see gem in person
Padparadscha Oval weighing 1.62cts, wonderful size, color, cutting, clarity - currently being certed by GIA

Gemstones in Cutting:
Our specialist in concave cutting has 2 more Ametrines and an Oregon Watermelon Sunstone


Thursday, March 30, 2017

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for April 2017!


Here are the changes on the All That Glitters Website for April 2017:

This Month's Special:  Apatite…
http://www.atggems.com/Monthly_Special.htm
All Apatite is 10% OFF for the Month of April!

This Month's Gem News:   Apatite - The Great Unknown Gemstone
"Apatite is very much an insider gemstone collectors' secret largely unknown to the general public.  Occurring in a kaleidoscope of colours - including an electrifying shade of neon blue often confused with the Paraiba tourmaline..."
Read More…

Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones: 
Faceted All That Glitters Rough recently back from one of our expert facetors includes the following:
   3 Large Mahenge Garnets (2 of a Pink variety and 1 of an Orangy color - all sought after
  currently and fetching astronomically high prices for Garnet out there in the retail and
   wholesale market)
   6 Blue (various blues including a Parti-Colored one!) Montana Sapphire
   1 Neony Green Tourmaline
Eight gemstones recently back from GIA and now Certed:
   Padparadscha Oval weighing 1.62cts, wonderful size, color, cutting, clarity
   Padparadscha 1.13ct and 1.41ct, ovals, UNHEATED
   1.51ct Round/Oval Orangy Sapphire
   Glowing Blue/Purple Color Shifting Trilliant 2.47ct UNHEATED Sapphire
   Alexandrite Oval, Bluish Green to Purple, 1.00ct , super piece! 
   1.04ct Fancy Cushion Ruby, UNHEATED
   Elongated Cushion 1.05ct Ruby
Screaming Neon Pink with hint of Orange Mahenge Spinel - large size with good cutting, color, clarity
Mahenge Spinel 1.32ct Oval Spinel - neon reddish pink, very bright as expected from this area
Malaia Garnet Cushion, 3.25ct  ON HOLD (Germany - will ship upon our return east)
Wonderful 7+mm (2.16ct) Glowing Blue Round Ceylon Sapphire - Think Engagement Ring!
Gold or Gold-Plated Coin found in the Sri Lanka Gem Pits, approx 1000+ years old (?)
4.88ct Green Zircon - very good green and transparent  (Currently awaiting approval of sale)
Red Spinel Cushion (1.74cts)
Large Medium Seafoam Blue Tourmaline - unique color, shape, cutting
1.65ct Oval Red Vietnamese Spinel - another must see gem in person
Imperial Topaz Parcel, 8x6mm, Ovals, Ouro Preto - incredible matches (SOLD! Awaiting payment - jewelry manufacturer who makes many castings for Tiffany)
5 Pieces of Blue Purple Amethyst, well cut, beautiful, weighing over 30cts (SOLD! See above)
Wonderful Yellow Diamond-Like Zircon with super fire, cutting, etc. weighing 6.29cts
Gorgeous Pink-Imperial Zircon weighing 4.39cts in a fancy squarish cushion shape
A greenish blue 2.34ct UNHEATED Sapphire (Certed) - very unique in color
Certed Cobalt (Blue) Spinel weighing 1.46ct  - unusual to be certed
49+ct Sculpted Oregon Sunstone with Heavy Schiller, Major/Important Piece - Dalan Hargraves, Artist
Quartz with interesting growth of reddish brown crystals
Indonesian Agate with double eye
Custom Framed Ural Mountains (Russia) Mineral Slab - natural design of various colors
Blue Terminated Tourmaline Crystal sitting on Smoky Quartz Crystal - Cruzeiro Mine, Brasil
Large 440+ct Epidote Crystals in Clear Quartz - great for a curio cabinet or paperweight for a desk
Beautiful Greenish Blue Transparent Tourmaline Crystal from a famous Mozambique locality
Wonderful Yellow Diamond-Like Zircon with super fire, cutting, etc. weighing 6.29cts
Gorgeous Pink-Imperial Zircon weighing 4.39cts in a fancy squarish cushion shape

All That Glitters Recent Recommendations - Everyone Will Love These NEW Gems for Many Reasons!...
Large 8+ct Mahenge Garnet
Screaming Neon Pink with hint of Orange Mahenge Spinel - large size with good cutting, color, clarity
Mahenge Spinel 1.32ct Oval Spinel - neon reddish pink, very bright as expected from this area
1.65ct Oval Red Vietnamese Spinel - another must see gem in person
Padparadscha Oval weighing 1.62cts, wonderful size, color, cutting, clarity - currently being certed by GIA

Gemstones in Cutting:
In transit:  New Concave Cut Ametrine
Our specialist in concave cutting has 2 more Ametrines and an Oregon Watermelon Sunstone
that will receive his special attention and artistic insight.



Monday, February 27, 2017

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for March 2017!


Here are the changes on the All That Glitters Website for March 2017:

This Month's Special:  5.61ct Bright Green Zircon Cushion!
One of three fine quality Green Zircons that we have had in inventory over the past 36 years and at unprecedented savings!...
  
This Month's Gem News:   Is Jewelry the Last Brilliant Investment?
"If you buy true quality gemstones, and have a bit of patience, you will not lose money."
(and with this month's offering of Newly Photographed Gems - we have an incredible assortment
of Fine and Exquisite Quality Colored Gemstones….)
Read More…
  
Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones: 
Screaming Neon Pink with hint of Orange Mahenge Spinel - large size with good cutting, color, clarity
Mahenge Spinel 1.32ct Oval Spinel - neon reddish pink, very bright as expected from this area
Malaia Garnet Cushion, 3.25ct
Wonderful 7+mm (2.16ct) Glowing Blue Round Ceylon Sapphire - Think Engagement Ring!
Glowing Blue with Purple Trilliant 2.47ct Unheated Sapphire - currently being certed by GIA
Gold or Gold-Plated Coin found in the Sri Lanka Gem Pits, approx 1000+ years old (?)
Padparadscha Oval weighing 1.62cts, wonderful size, color, cutting, clarity - currently being certed by GIA
4.88ct Green Zircon - very good green and transparent  (Currently awaiting approval of sale)
Red Spinel Cushion (1.74cts)
Padparadscha 1.51ct Round/Oval - Padparadscha - currently being certed by GIA
Large Medium Seafoam Blue Tourmaline - unique color, shape, cutting
1.04ct Fancy Cushion Ruby (possibly unheated) - currently being certed by GIA
Elongated Cushion 1.05ct Ruby - currently being certed by GIA
Padparadscha 1.13ct and 1.41ct, ovals, believe to be unheated - currently being certed by GIA
Alexandrite Oval, Bluish Green to Purple, 1.00ct , super piece!  Currently being certed by GIA
1.65ct Oval Red Vietnamese Spinel - another must see gem in person
Imperial Topaz Parcel, 8x6mm, Ovals, Ouro Preto - incredible matches (currently being considered by a jewelry manufacturer who makes many castings for Tiffany)
5 Pieces of Blue Purple Amethyst, well cut, beautiful, weighing over 30cts (being considered by jewelry manufacture noted above)
Wonderful Yellow Diamond-Like Zircon with super fire, cutting, etc. weighing 6.29cts
Gorgeous Pink-Imperial Zircon weighing 4.39cts in a fancy squarish cushion shape
A greenish blue 2.34ct UNHEATED Sapphire (Certed) - very unique in color
Certed Cobalt (Blue) Spinel weighing 1.46ct  - unusual to be certed
49+ct Sculpted Oregon Sunstone with Heavy Schiller, Major/Important Piece - Dalan Hargraves, Artist
Quartz with interesting growth of reddish brown crystals
Indonesian Agate with double eye
Custom Framed Ural Mountains (Russia) Mineral Slab - natural design of various colors
Blue Terminated Tourmaline Crystal sitting on Smoky Quartz Crystal - Cruzeiro Mine, Brasil
Large 440+ct Epidote Crystals in Clear Quartz - great for a curio cabinet or paperweight for a desk
Beautiful Greenish Blue Transparent Tourmaline Crystal from a famous Mozambique locality
Wonderful Yellow Diamond-Like Zircon with super fire, cutting, etc. weighing 6.29cts
Gorgeous Pink-Imperial Zircon weighing 4.39cts in a fancy squarish cushion shape
  
All That Glitters Recommendations - Everyone Will Love These NEW Gems for Many Reasons!...
Screaming Neon Pink with hint of Orange Mahenge Spinel - large size with good cutting, color, clarity
Mahenge Spinel 1.32ct Oval Spinel - neon reddish pink, very bright as expected from this area
1.65ct Oval Red Vietnamese Spinel - another must see gem in person
Padparadscha Oval weighing 1.62cts, wonderful size, color, cutting, clarity - currently being certed by GIA
  
Gemstones in Cutting:
We have sent the following items to one of our U.S. Cutters:
Montana Sapphires (various blues - 6 pieces)
3 Mahenge Garnets (variations of pink with one being more orangy)
Neon Medium Green (seafoam) Tourmaline - currently under consideration.
Our specialist in concave cutting has 3 more Ametrines and an Oregon Watermelon Sunstone that will receive his special attention and artistic insight.




Tuesday, January 31, 2017

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for February 2017!


Greetings from the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show!....

Here are the changes on the All That Glitters Website for February 2017:

This Month's Special:  Reddish or Pinkish Orangy Pear Shaped Sapphire!
An incredible color! Purchased as a Padparadscha decades ago.

This Month's Gem News:   New Unknown Minerals Still Being Found
The gem that stumped even a noted gem lab is all new and all natural…
Read More…

Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones: 
A greenish blue 2.34ct UNHEATED Sapphire (Certed) is due in - a unique and not commonly seen color
Certed Cobalt (Blue) Spinel weighing 1.46ct available shortly - awaiting arrival…
More to be posted within a few weeks!
An interesting Purplish Pink Burmese Spinel with wonderful crystal inclusions (including Belly Button Inclusions) is available. 
4 Sapphires have been Certed by GIA and appear on our Newly Photographed page displaying their newly acquired certs.
We are VERY excited about two incredibly beautiful, one-of-a-kind Ametrines just came back from our cutter.  We are contemplating entering them into the AGTA Cutting Edge Competition; they are priced behind the scenes prior to the contest opening, should anyone be interested.  Send us an email if you would like to be the new owner!
A large 4.99ct Pear Shaped Chrome Tourmaline as well as a
Uniquely shaped curved, multi-stepped Oregon Sunstone full of Copper Schiller is also back from our specialty cutter - look at the cutting and you will see what these are special.
A 2.97ct Glowing Blue Sapphire with a GIA Cert is available
Our 15+ct Trilliant Amethyst with the Enhydro is back from GIA - it will appear in the Fall Edition of Gems & Gemology Magazine!
Large 2.54ct Orangy Pink (Pad-Colored) Mahenge Spinel
Perhaps our last Grooved Ametrine, in a square shape, with wonderful color separation as well as mixing of color. 
Large Herkimer Diamond Cluster with typical contrasting inclusions

All That Glitters Finds More Interest/Higher Prices at Auction:
We have begun to sell some of our inventory at auctions, as more people may actually find our items at these on-line auctions.  In a recent case, one of our custom-etched Swedish Meteorites Cubes was featured in a flyer (front cover and in the few pages that followed) at a major auction house - and, as anticipated, the item sold for more than our original listing on our website.  See the flyer and info on this wonderful item - and visit a link which shows our last similar item which is actually larger and heavier!  (This too is destined for sale at auction in the future, when the auction house has another Natural History based auction)
This link was broken over the past two months, so it will be available until March for viewing.

Gemstones in Cutting:
The owner of the mine that produces the Ametrine rough has sent us a parcel of the unique material we enjoy working with - all hand-picked by him based on our needs.  Three pieces are in the possession of our concave cutter.  We hope to have some finished pieces by mid to late February.  Thus far, two of the three pieces have been cut, producing a half moon and an elongated kite.



Friday, December 30, 2016

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for January 2017!


We are already entering a new year -  Happy New Year...and All That Glitters enters its 36th year in business selling unique high end colored gemstones/diamonds and related items whether it be the trade, collectors, investors or those who just love aesthetically beautiful rare natural items from the earth!...

Here are the changes on the All That Glitters Website for January 2017:

This Month's Special:  Nice Green 3.39ct Peridot, Well Cut & Clean!
Not often found clean in this size and very often the color has too much yellow - but not this one…

This Month's Gem News:   Spinel Becomes Another Option for August Birthstone!
Spinel is becoming even more Bullish in sales and now as an official August Birthstone, sales should increase as well as pricing - and prices for fine Spinel has always been high, but is going higher with time.
Read More…

Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones: 
An interesting Purplish Pink Burmese Spinel with wonderful crystal inclusions (including Belly Button Inclusions) is just in.
Certed Cobalt (Blue) Spinel weighing 1.46ct available shortly - just waiting for customs clearance
4 Sapphires have been Certed by GIA and appear on our Newly Photographed page displaying their newly acquired certs.
We are VERY excited about two incredibly beautiful, one-of-a-kind Ametrines just came back from our cutter.  We are contemplating entering them into the AGTA Cutting Edge Competition; they are priced behind the scenes prior to the contest opening, should anyone be interested.  Send us an email if you would like to be the new owner!
A large 4.99ct Pear Shaped Chrome Tourmaline as well as a
Uniquely shaped curved, multi-stepped Oregon Sunstone full of Copper Schiller is also back from our specialty cutter - look at the cutting and you will see what these are special.
A 2.97ct Glowing Blue Sapphire with a GIA Cert is available
Our 15+ct Trilliant Amethyst with the Enhydro is back from GIA - it will appear in the Fall Edition of Gems & Gemology Magazine!
Large 2.54ct Orangy Pink (Pad-Colored) Mahenge Spinel
Perhaps our last Grooved Ametrine, in a square shape, with wonderful color separation as well as mixing of color. 
Large Herkimer Diamond Cluster with typical contrasting inclusions

Gemstones in Cutting:
We will not be faceting the two large Tourmalines noted in last month's monthly email - the consensus was that the color and return would not be in keeping with All That Glitters high quality and expectations.
One of our cutters does have a piece of Color Changing Diaspore that he is considering how he will work his magic.  Due to the difficulty in cutting this material and the careful consideration required, we do hope to have this finished before the end of 2017.  (Yes, that is 2017)  He might have received this rough as far back as 2015…
The owner of the mine that produces the Ametrine rough has sent us a parcel of the unique material we enjoy working with - all hand-picked by him based on our needs.  Three pieces are in the possession of our concave cutter.  We hope to have some finished pieces by mid to late February.



Sunday, November 27, 2016

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for December 2016!


Here are the changes on the All That Glitters Website for December 2016:

This Month's Special:  Incredibly Beautiful Unique Blended Ametrine
Words cannot describe the exact shape, uniqueness, beauty, colors, etc. of this large concave/faceted blended oval Ametrine.  We posted the photo on Facebook within groups that have backgrounds in cutting or know their colored gemstones, with most of those members being within the gemstone trade.  We have posted 'some' of their comments and as noted above, many were speechless when they viewed the photo.  If this piece doesn't sell by the end of December as this Month's Special, the price will be removed and only quotes given to those who make a direct inquiry.  We are contemplating entering into a cutting competition later next year.  Though this gem is out of this world as some might say, if you visit our Ametrine page, the gemstone directly below it also holds high rank in beauty and is just as nice and unique, but in other ways.  We have had 3 incredible Ametrine pieces produced within a few months of each other (this oval, the fan and a round that sold last month), all very different and all very deserving of praise.  Both are being considered for entry into the AGTA Cutting Competition!  Enjoy the photos or perhaps enjoy them in person as both are for sale - one for the month of December, and one behind the scenes if someone wishes to be the proud owner of these very special pieces.

This Month's Gem News:   Ban on Burmese Gemstones Lifted!
After many years in place, the ban of the importation of Ruby and Jade (and other Precious Gemstones) from Burma (Myanmar) have been lifted.
Read More…

Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones: 
4 Sapphires have been Certed by GIA and appear on our Newly Photographed page displaying their newly acquired certs.
We are VERY excited about two incredibly beautiful, one-of-a-kind Ametrines just came back from our cutter.  We are contemplating entering them into the AGTA Cutting Edge Competition; they are priced behind the scenes prior to the contest opening, should anyone be interested.  Send us an email if you would like to be the new owner!
A large 4.99ct Pear Shaped Chrome Tourmaline as well as a Uniquely shaped curved, multi-stepped Oregon Sunstone full of Copper Schiller is also back from our specialty cutter - look at the cutting and you will see what these are special.
A 2.97ct Glowing Blue Sapphire with a GIA Cert is available
Our 15+ct Trilliant Amethyst with the Enhydro is back from GIA - it will appear in the Fall Edition of Gems & Gemology Magazine!
Large 2.54ct Orangy Pink (Pad-Colored) Mahenge Spinel
Perhaps our last Grooved Ametrine, in a square shape, with wonderful color separation as well as mixing of color. 
An incredible Grooved Ametrine Round - priced behind the scenes and may be entered into a cutting edge competition.  SOLD!!
Large Herkimer Diamond Cluster with typical contrasting inclusions
Nice Blue Spinel (4.40cts) with crystal inclusions  (SOLD!)
A 5.05ct Chrome Tourmaline faceted from our rough, by the Multi-Award Winning Dalan Hargrave.  We posted this piece on Facebook as did Dalan - and it has been receiving raves!...  Sign up for our posts on Facebook now:
Our Stunning Large Round Montana Sapphire is back from GIA with a Cert!
(We have been invited to fly out to Montana with this Sapphire for discussions, as well of a tour of the MT Sapphire Mining areas and to meet those involved in active mining!  It seems that this MT Sapphire is destined to appear in a book devoted to Montana Sapphires - it is currently being photographed by the well-known gemstone photographer, Robert Weldon).
This Montana Sapphire has been photographed and in the future, should be published in an upcoming book on Montana Sapphires authored by a well-known individual in the gem trade who is respected for this vast knowledge of Montana Sapphires.  (SOLD - Singapore)

All That Glitters Finds More Interest/Higher Prices at Auction:
We have begun to sell some of our inventory through well-known auction houses, as more people may actually find our items at these on-line auctions.   As anticipated, the item sold for more than our original listing on our website.  

Gemstones in Cutting:
Two large Tourmalines are in the possession of one of our cutters - an orangy pink and a unique greenish/bluish.  Time will tell what will be obtained from this rough, but we can say that both pieces will be a challenge and we have no idea of what the final color will be!  One of our cutters does have a piece of Color Changing Diaspore that he is considering what can be created.  More special Ametrine is on order and is being shipped directly from the only mine in which it is found.

More All That Glitters Gemstones to be Studied at GIA:
Our Faceted Moroccan Amethyst with the Enhydro will be in Gems & Gemology Magazine, the International Gem News section, of the upcoming Fall 2016 issue, which will mailed from GIA at the end of October. This is also available on-line to view:
Yes, another Published gemstone from All That Glitters - and it is indeed currently for sale!

Crazy Prices Confirmed on Mahenge Garnets:
Mahenge Spinel has been the rage and we have a few fine specimens of these beautiful Spinels in inventory as well as a few that have sold over the past few years.  Like these Spinels which have been selling at high prices, Garnets have been found in the same area.  This relatively new find of Garnets from Mahenge have indeed been selling for crazy prices depending on sizes and colors - some pricing between $1000-$5000/ct.  We have been skeptical on whether they are actually selling, but it seems as if they are indeed finding buyers.  For those prices, we would rather see customers/buyers purchasing similarly colored Spinel.