Monday, March 27, 2006

Diaspore, the New Zultanite...

After the intial introduction of Diaspore to the public and trade in about 1995, another
company is attempting to promote this rare color changing gemstone. Rumor is that the
company has purchased the mining rights to the mine and will control the flow of gemstones as DeBeers controls diamonds, and most recently, as Tanzanite One has of Tanzanite.

The company is promoting Diaspore with the new name of Zultanite. Fine quality 10+ct
gemstones are wholesaling up to $5,000/ct. All That Glitters has been a major source
of faceted fine quality Diaspore since 2004, with a News Release being issued in October 2004.

The company claims to be the only distributor in the world, but they have neglected the fact that some companies, such as All That Glitters, had been purchasing top grade material over the past number of years, adding this unique gem into inventory. Therefore, for the time being, All That Glitters will be able to continue to offer wonderfully priced, high quality "Zultanite" until inventory has been depleted.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

March Changes to the ATG Website

Montlhy Profile: Montana Sapphires

Monthly News: Gemstones On The Internet - What was Expected and What was Received!

Monthly Special: Bright Orange Zincite

Many Newly Photographed Gemstones Available

To navigate to these pages, visit the All That Glitters Home Page and view the Right Hand Navigation Links.

Newly Photographed Gemstones - see the Left Hand Navigation Link: Gemstone Photo Galleries

Newly Photographed Gemstones

An incredible Concave Faceted Ametrine

1+ct Oval Tsavorite (Grossular Garnet)

Nice Deep Pastel Pink Burmese Spinel

3+ct Oval Chinese Peridot

Too Good to be True!

We decided to try purchasing one gemstone from a new source. This company was suspicious to us because we felt that they were not disclosing some treatment on their gemstones. We purchased a beautiful neon orange sapphire with a hint of red. It was sold to us as a ruby, but it is actually a sapphire - there was too much orange in it. Some people would have purchased it as a ruby, only to be told in the future that it was a sapphire, but this fact was fine with us as we would be selling it as what it really is - a sapphire.

The beautiful color was immediately suspicious, as sapphires and rubies are being treated with Beryllium and the colors produces can be across the rainbow - mostly intense oranges and variations of orange, but also reds, blues and yellows are possible. They indicated that it was heated - this is more of a standard practive in the world currently and usually accepted unless the customer/store indicates no heat. We specifically asked whether it was diffusion treated. We identified ourselves as being in business for over 25 years, the owner has a gemologist degree from GIA and that the stone would be sent to a lab. We were assured that it was only heated.

After studying the gemstone, it was determined to have been both heated and diffusion treated. It was returned.

We guess that he didn't believe that we would test it as most people wouldn't! That is what many places are counting on, as most of the public don't know about this treatment and some companies out there are not disclosing this fact even when asked. The profit potential is far greater to just let people buy them and occasionally a few will be returned. The public is seeing low prices on some very fine quality colors and does not understand that the real material is far higher in price. Again, purchase from reputable dealers. All That Glitter has a LifeTime Guarantee on all of our gemstones. Visit our website and read all about it!