Friday, January 30, 2015

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for February 2015!

Greetings from the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show!  We have been attending this show for almost 30 years; our last exhibition date was approximately 2000.  Our expeditions abroad began in the early 80s and we found it best to visit the show to see our associates and friends vs. selling in Tucson since we sell to many dealers who do display here and with our low pricing (since we purchase as close to the source as possible) many dealers wouldn't appreciate our presence/pricing…  We have been requested to visit the GIA Both to show the staff a few more interesting gems/gem related items.  Perhaps more of our existing inventory will be studied and published in the future!

Here are the changes to look for on the All That Glitters Website for February 2015:

This Month's Special:  All That Glitters Rainbow Scapolite (Will Appear in Gems/Gemology Mag!)
This Month's Gem News:  GIA Studies/Publishes Another All That Glitters Gemstone!
Another unique gemstone from the All That Glitters Inventory has been studied by The Gemological Institute of America and it will appear in the Spring 2015 Edition!  We first noted that we had sent the gemstone to GIA about 8 months ago, and we have just heard that their studies will be published shortly in their prestigious magazine.  This gemstone is also "This Month's Special", and is being offered at its Initial Public Offering.  We have seen two larger gemstones (500-600cts approx) with a price tag of $15,000 to $20,000.  We hope to have a few more of these gemstones in wearable/collectible sizes (vs. the paperweight noted above).  Since these other pieces haven't appeared in a magazine and are unpublished, their value will be less.  Many people enjoy owning a gemstone or item that has appeared in articles and this would be a great opportunity.

Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones:
One of our Orangy Pink Sapphires was just Certed by GIA as the coveted variety of Sapphire - Padparadscha.  We have others that we feel would cert as Pads, but haven't sent them in for certs.
Just in - a wonderfully large 61+ct Quartz showing both Goethite, Hematite(beetle legs), zoning and distinct crystal grown patterns.  This piece has all the interesting features that Quartz can have and will be shown to the GIA Lab while we are in Tucson.  Perhaps it will be studied and published in Gems and Gemology Magazine as some of our other gemstones have been in the past.  If interested, send us an email for a price.  (Price subject to change if to be Published)
We anticipate a number of fine gemstones and interesting related items in approximately available by mid-February. 

Gemstones in Cutting:
Our hopes of increasing our Opal inventory with large fine quality Opals have been dashed.  After removing the mud/matrix from what seemed to be outstanding Opal, we were left with smaller pieces after trimming out issues, grinding down areas, etc.  This represents a loss of thousands of dollars, but this is the risk when one purchases rough material - as one is never sure what the final outcome will be…

Welcome to Our Many New Customers in Australia:
We have been selling and shipping gemstones to Australia for decades now, but there has been a large number of newly added customers from Australia over the past month.  As a reminder, gemstones of high value will be shipped by FedEx and insured in full via a third party.  Smaller valued items can be shipped via USPS with limited insurance.  Gemstones of high value will require a wire (bank to bank) transfer of funds, similar to what is also required for similar sales in the US and other countries.
Welcome to all those new customers from Australia!

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