This Months Gem News: Our Award Winning Supreme Master Gemcutter
Facets a Kunzite
See a 'few' of the MANY steps that are required for cutting a gemstone, as
well as some of the trials and tribulations frequently encountered during the
faceting process. In this case we do have a 41+ct finished Kunzite, but the 2nd
piece from the rough crystal does not even survive the shaping process.
Newly Faceted or Photographed
A very fine well cut clean Namibian Blue Tourmaline is now available.
The very fine quality Lapis Lazuli cabs, as well as two cabs of California
Jasper, have been received
back from our cabber after about 8 months. The Lapis color is to die for
as they say...
The first Kunzite faceted from our museum quality specimen, originating
from a famous California mine, is off of our Award Winning Supreme Master
Gemcutters dop. It is the finest color in Kunzite we, as well as others, have
ever seen. The process of a faceting this gemstone is documented on a new page
and the link can be found further below - as well as a tradegdy in the faceting
of the second piece...
A Russian Synthetic Quartz Crystal was recently photographed, though we
have had this stashed away for about 10 years!
We missed photographing two wonderful Pink/Magenta Mozambique Tourmalines,
so they are now present on the All That Glitters website.
3900+cts of Natural Obsidian from Oregon is available for purchase and
there are lots of possibilites for the future owner of exactly what will be done
with this unsual material from the long extinct volanoes of Oregon...
Gemstones in Cutting:
We are faceting that gorgeous Natural Kunzite Crystal
from the Big Kahuna area of the Oceanview Mine!
Will be some incredibly intense colors in these gems when faceted. Of
course, our Award Winning Master Cutter is the only choice to facet these
important gemstones. We anticipate some of the finest Kunzite every seen, with
a color that is a bluish purple pink. It should stabilize to a deep pink, but
Kunzite is known as an evening gemstone; keep it out of the sun and bright
lights, and the color is pretty much stabile. Irradiated Kunzite being sold by
Brasilians, was selling at $200/ct wholesale for dark pinks. We should be able
to provide better color, gems in smaller sizes and the BEST cutting available,
as our Master Cutter is doing the faceting!
==> First gemstone has been completed, 2nd gemstone
has cleaved/exploded and three more 'could' follow every 2 or so weeks until
all have been faceted, broken or just deemed a loss.
New Pages or Links!
Lots of pages and links have been added over this past month and they
include the following:
4.) Page showing 'some' of the steps required when faceting a gemstone -
in this case, faceting the first
gemstone produced from a California Kunzite Crystal previously
offered for sale.
News from Abroad:
A Tourmaline prices are on the rise, but then again, what gemstone
currently isn't, especially if they are the finer colors, sizes, etc. which is
what All That Glitters is known for...
Email from Africa: "Yes prices - certainly
Tourmaline - have shot up considerably and not sure if the will stabilise or
come down in the near future as South Americans and chinese are buying
Just about everything in Tourmaline has increased except for possibly
brown yellow stuff from Tanzania Dravite. Blues are probably the most highly
priced and still very sought after. Thereafter hot reds and pinks, apple greens.
Paraiba is almost unheard of and prices unbelievable. I think Tourmaline is in
short supply right now so if the color is good anything above 1gm is in
The above quote is for rough, and 1 gram when cut will be about a 1ct
Email from Thailand: "Good Tourmaline is
up...Rubelite...Blue...Blue Green....hot Pink....(prices) 3 years ago" are
now 5 times higher.
All That Glitters Advice - Buy Now!!