We have been trying our best to find fine quality colored gemstones at good prices so we can offer stores/goldsmiths, as well as our on-line customers prices lower than expected - but to no avail. We are constantly being outbid, and it isn't as if we are missing by a few dollars or even a few hundred dollars. It can be thousands to tens of thousands of dollars. For instance, one item sold for 6 times what we were willing to pay. Other items we have seen were up to 10 times what one would expect to pay; and we have seen all kinds of prices in between. This is the norm of what we have been hearing from our associates abroad. These prices will trickle down to everyone in the future.
Here are the changes to look for on the All That Glitters website for July 2011:
This Months Special: Petrified Wood from Arizona!
Petrified Wood from Arizona weighing approximately 6.2lbs and measuring approximately 6.5"(h)x4.5"9(w)x3.5"(d); currently in the East Coast Office but will be traveling west to the winter office; may become a permanent fixture there!
This Months Gem News: U.S. Gemstones/Minerals in Recent News
Update on the large Emerald found in North Carolina. It has been faceted from
the original rough and then re-faceted!
Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones:
We have been trying to purchase new material, but with prices increasing so rapidly, we are always outbid. However, we did manage a real find - An over 1ct (1.18ct to be exact) certified UNHEATED Natural Ruby from the famous Winza strike in Africa. Nice color, good sparkle, eye clean.....
A wonderful example of fine Ethiopian Opal in Matrix - a must for a collector!