Thursday, November 30, 2017

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for December 2017!


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

This Month's Special:  3 Large Cabs of Fossilized Coral – Approx 200cts!

This Month's Gem News:   Back to Basics - Why Collect Gems?
"The fascination with possessing gems is ancient and universal. Gems have intrigued and mystified us for thousands of years. They have been the gifts and ransoms of kings and queens, the reason for crimes of violence and the overthrow of rulers.  Due to the indestructibility of gemstones, they can be passed from one generation to another. Collecting gems is analogous to owning other rare and beautiful objects such as art, antiques, exotic cars or collectibles: They should be purchased for their beauty, rarity and the enjoyment they give..."
Read More… 
(December’s Gem News will remain the same article as November, as we feel it is interesting as after 30 years since it was originally written, the statements are still true and interesting.  For those who have not read it over the past month, it is available until the January timeframe…)

Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones: 
Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum!  (With cert and appraisal)
ATG Faceted Tanzanite-Colored Blue-Purple Color Shifting YAG, 8+cts!...  (A Give-A-Way)
Two unique Tourmaline Slices were discovered in our travels
Smaller nicely saturated 1.71ct Aquamarine – SOLD!
Super matched pair of 11mm Trilliant Morganites – our first Morganite(s) in 36 years  - SOLD!
(If you like this color, cutting, etc. let us know what shape and size you might be interested in and we will do our best to find it next year!)
1.12ct Round Greenish Unheated Sapphire!
34.56ct Grooved Fancy Blended Ametrine!
Currently testing faceting designs on unique/interesting synthetic rough, producing the following:
  76+ct Color Changing YAG (Clear [or light lilac/grey/silver] to Medium Pink!)
  12+ct Synthetic Alexandrite
  38+ct Synthetic Alexandrite faceted by the owner of All That Glitters
Faceted All That Glitters Rough back with the past few months from one of our expert facetors includes the following:

   34.80ct Ametrine with every cutting style incorporated into one piece!

All That Glitters in Auction:
Custom Etched Large Meteorite Cube:
Insect in Amber - Approx 30+ MILLION Years Old
Sold for about 500% more than the price listed on the All That Glitters Website
When place items up for auction, we can usually expect about a 50-100% increase in the selling price vs. the price we have listed on our website.  Many more people view
the item for sale and many understand why the item is unique, uncommon and perhaps the comparable value should a similar item be available for sale.  Therefore, the
interest, bidding and final selling price might be much higher at auction vs. the All That Glitters website.

All That Glitters on Instagram:
We have finally signed up for Instagram.  Sign up and become a follower of the
All That Glitters posts!  https://www.instagram.com/atggems/
There is currently a photo on Instagram of the latest Ametrine that has recently come back from our cutter. We have also signed up for Pin Interest, but it may be for some time before gemstones/items are uploaded.  There are literally thousands of postings where our gemstone images have been used throughout the world without our permission and with no credit being given as to where the photo originated.  We are looking into watermarking the photos and are not in a rush to put many more photos on line until we can somehow control the unauthorized use of photos or where there is no info as to the origin of the photo.

Gemstones in Cutting:
Our specialist in concave cutting has 1 more Ametrine he is working on - these take a week of constant work to complete, and unfortunately get put on the cutters back burner so he can work on gemstones that require less time.  Therefore, may be many months before one is completed. 
Our hopes of utilizing a new cutter have been dashed as the cutter who received two pieces of rough from us, felt he was not the best to facet and create the unique designs we are known for.  Therefore, cutting for the time being is on the back burner.  Many of our previous facetors have months of work on their plates.  When they free up or we find another competent cutter for our specialty designs, we will move ahead.  Part off the problem at times is the cost of cutting – as noted previously, some of our gemstones require a full week of work to complete – the cost for this can obviously be high, and that adds to the cost of the final gemstone.  At All That Glitters, we keep pricing down by traveling as close to the source as possible, and if we save our customers money by purchasing rough at times, we continue to try to save the customer even more money when we facet/create a gemstone from that rough. 


Monday, October 30, 2017

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for November 2017!


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

This Month's Special:  1000+ Russian Synthetic Ametrine Crystal (Intact!)

This Month's Gem News:   Why Collect Gems?http://www.atggems.com/Monthly_News.htm

Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones: 
34.56ct Grooved Fancy Blended Ametrine!
Currently testing faceting designs on unique/interesting synthetic rough, producing the following:
  76+ct Color Changing YAG (Clear [or light lilac/grey/silver] to Medium Pink!)
  12+ct Synthetic Alexandrite
  38+ct Synthetic Alexandrite faceted by the owner of All That Glitters
Faceted All That Glitters Rough back with the past few months from one of our expert facetors includes the following:
   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
   3 Large Mahenge Garnets (2 of a Pink variety and 1 of an Orangy color)
   6 Blue (various blues including a Parti-Colored one!) Montana Sapphire
   1 Neony Green Tourmaline
  
All That Glitters on Instagram:
We have finally signed up for Instagram.  Sign up and become a follower of the All That Glitters posts!  https://www.instagram.com/atggems/

Gemstones in Cutting:
We are beginning to work with a new cutter in the United States.  We have sent him rough and he is currently working on a large Rwandan Amethyst.  We are considering attempting to flat facet one of our Blended Ametrines vs. the typical concave/grooving we have been doing over the past few years.  Results will be posted on our Newly Photographed Page when available, as well as the appropriate page for that particular gemstone species.




Friday, September 29, 2017

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for October 2017!


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

This Month's Special:  

This Month's Gem News:   The Revival of Agate in Jewellery Design
"Naturalistic agate is enchanting both antique jewellery collectors and modern independent designers alike."
Read More… 

Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones: 
34.56ct Grooved Fancy Blended Ametrine!
Currently testing faceting designs on unique/interesting synthetic rough, producing the following:
  76+ct Color Changing YAG (Clear [or light lilac/grey/silver] to Medium Pink!)
  12+ct Synthetic Alexandrite
  38+ct Synthetic Alexandrite faceted by the owner of All That Glitters
Faceted All That Glitters Rough recently back from one of our expert facetors includes the following:
   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
   3 Large Mahenge Garnets (2 of a Pink variety and 1 of an Orangy color)
   6 Blue (various blues including a Parti-Colored one!) Montana Sapphire
   1 Neony Green Tourmaline


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for September 2017!


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


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 - apatite is considered a prized possession among collectors..."
Read More… 

Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones: 
34.56ct Grooved Fancy Blended Ametrine!
Currently testing faceting designs on unique/interesting synthetic rough, producing the following:
  76+ct Color Changing YAG (Clear [or light lilac/grey/silver] to Medium Pink!)
  12+ct Synthetic Alexandrite
  38+ct Synthetic Alexandrite faceted by the owner of All That Glitters
Faceted All That Glitters Rough recently back from one of our expert facetors includes the following:
   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
   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


Saturday, July 29, 2017

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for August 2017!


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


This Month's Gem News:   Coloured Gemstones Have Got Their Sparkle Back
"For more than half a century, diamonds have dominated the market for fine jewellery. Now, the sea of sparkling white is being broken up by splashes of colour once again.…"
Read More…

Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones: 
38+ct Synthetic Alexandrite faceted by the owner of All That Glitters
Fancy U.S. Cut 8+ct Watermelon Oregon Sunstone - Unique in many ways!....
Faceted All That Glitters Rough recently back from one of our expert facetors includes the following:
   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
   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  (SOLD! - Germany)
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  (SOLD!)
Red Spinel Cushion (1.74cts)
Large Medium Seafoam Blue Tourmaline (4+cts) - 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 4.39cts (SOLD!)
Gorgeous Pink-Imperial Zircon weighing 6.29cts in a fancy squarish cushion shape
(Pink Zircon above is a K-I-L-L-E-R)

Gemstones in Cutting:
Our specialist in concave cutting has 2 more Ametrines - these take a week of constant work to complete, and unfortunately get put on the cutters back burner so he can work on quicker items.  Therefore, may be many months before one is completed.   Currently have been waiting for over 6 months.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for July 2017!


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

This Month's Special:  All That Glitters Faceted Large 38.65ct Synthetic Alexandrite
http://www.atggems.com/Monthly_Special.htm
A very large Synthetic Alexandrite in a fancy custom emerald shape, faceted by the owner of All That Glitters from All That Glitters rough.

This Month's Gem News:   Optical Effects of Phenomenal Cabochons
"The definition of a phenomenon as "an object or aspect known through the senses," according to Webster's dictionary, might explain why some gemstones are called phenomenal. Or it could be because these gems are "exceptional, unusual or abnormal.  In reality, however…"
Read More…

Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones: 
38+ct Synthetic Alexandrite faceted by the owner of All That Glitters
Fancy U.S. Cut 8+ct Watermelon Oregon Sunstone - Unique in many ways!....
Faceted All That Glitters Rough recently back from one of our expert facetors includes the following:
   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
   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  (SOLD! - Germany)
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  (SOLD!)
Red Spinel Cushion (1.74cts)
Large Medium Seafoam Blue Tourmaline (4+cts) - 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 4.39cts (SOLD!)
Gorgeous Pink-Imperial Zircon weighing 6.29cts in a fancy squarish cushion shape
(Pink Zircon above is a K-I-L-L-E-R)

Gemstones in Cutting:
Our specialist in concave cutting has 2 more Ametrines - these take a week of constant work to complete, and unfortunately get put on the cutters back burner so he can work on quicker items.  Therefore, may be many months before one is completed.  Currently have been waiting for over 6 months.


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.

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…