are the changes on the All That Glitters Website for November 2015:
This Month's Special: Carved
Oregon Sunstone with Schiller!
back from the cutter. Check it out and Save Money…
This Month's Gem News: De
Beers’ Sight Highlights Market Disarray
in Diamond Paradise??
Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones:
from our Carver/Sculptor are two Oregon Sunstones - one is a rich lively
Reddish Orange and the other displays Schiller with a color typical of this
material (when tipped, one can see the shiny copper color of the schiller).
of these are carved by hand (v-grooves) as our cutter awaits a new machine for
making smaller diameter concave facets.
has certed 5 more of our gemstones - Rubies, all a Purplish Red. One is
unique as it is purple under fluorescent (and therefore could be called
Sapphire, and it was certed as a Sapphire previously), and it goes purplish red
under incandescent where it picks up more red - enough to be called and certed
as a Ruby! A unique piece.
are also offering a Male Ant in Amber, with the stand. This is an item
that has graced the All That Glitters office for decades - the ant is
approximately 50 Million Years Old - and is fascinating to look at with the
naked eye, loupe or microscope. (This is in our East Coast Office, and
won't be available for shipping until May).
Color Changing Diaspore is being Concave faceted, and two others will be
final piece of Sunstone (Oregon) rough is currently in the possession of our
carver/sculptor. This last piece has HEAVY LARGE Schiller! We
recently delivered two final pieces for this year - a fan shaped Ametrine and a
wonderful blue Tourmaline. Hopefully, he can work his magic on both of
these pieces, but we won't have any of these gems in our possession until
perhaps the end of this year. (This work is being created by an award
winning cutter whom we are just starting to work as of this year.)
Three More All That Glitters Gemstones Set into Jewelry for
recently sold Padparadscha-like Burmese Spinel and a Fine Glowing Blue Sapphire
have been set for two
of our more recent customers. See the designs chosen for these super
customers are wearing their new rings/gemstones and rarely take them off,
admiring them under different lighting
conditions throughout the day…
custom created (via CAD) Platinum Pendant set with our 18+ct Oval Kunzite from
the Oceanview Mine (Big Kahuna Pocket) and faceted by Supreme Master Gem Cutter
Stephen Kotlowski, has been set and delivered to its new owner. View the
finished product along with the CAD images.
Sad News for the Cutting/Gemstone Community:
Kotlowski, a Supreme Master Gem Cutter and Facetor of our finest colored
gemstones, passed away unexpectedly in Sedona, where he had been living for the
past five years. His giving nature and willingness to share his decades
of knowledge and experience with others who had interest or the need,
will certainly be missed. The owner of All That Glitters had met him for
the first time over 20 years ago, and worked closely with him over the past 12
years for recutting and cutting the finest color that was in the All That
Glitters inventory. Stephen was extremely meticulous and patient when
cutting difficult gemstones such as Diaspore and Kunzite. No one could
re-cut a gemstone with such a minimal loss as Stephen; he frequently created
new cuts that were determined by the rough and didn't work off of design
diagrams. For these on-the-fly custom designs, he would use
"UK" (Uniquely K - for Uniquely Kotlowski) along with the general
description of the shape to describe his new cut. He won numerous awards
in the AGTA Cutting Competition (as well as others) in the past. The
gemstone community has lost not only a master in cutting, but a gentle kind
person who had many interests he shared with others, was done to earth and
freely gave his knowledge/help.