Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones:
Large piece of Mookaite from Australia, with one side being polished and the other, natural.
The Kunzite from the OceanView Mine (Big Kanuna II) is faceted - 18.85cts; museums have been contacted but
unforunately, they tend toward donations vs. purchases! One person from GIA whom we sent the photo to, had the following to say - "What a beautiful stone! I have been following the Oceanview story, and am quite pleased to see such a nice kunzite cut from the recent production. "
Two Nice Pieces of Mushroom Jasper - one cab and one tablet which can be strung.
No December Email or Changes to the Website (?) due to Buying Trip - Thailand and Sri Lanka.
In preparation for our trip abroad and to turn inventory into cash, we have offered a number of items on our website to those in the trade. Normally, the trade will look at items on a regular basis or find us via search engines. The trade is welcome to make purchases when they see items of interest on our website. The website is designed more for the public and we don't necessarily offer all of the stones found on the website to the trade - we have several thousand items and it is easier to show stores/goldsmiths items that have not been photographed so that the website does not have to be updated. The trade has been quite active by purchasing many of the pieces recently offered to them, so you will see many items that are currently marked as Sold, and there will be more to follow as payment is received.
On a related topic of the above - Many of you might have noticed that SOLD items and their associated photos haven't been removed from our website for a number of months. We will update all pages and clean up the SOLD items by the end of the year or just into the New Year. We used to remove sold items after 30 days, but have been asked to leave photos/descriptions longer so that people can see unique pieces that we have sold and that had been previously available.