Saturday, February 27, 2016

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for March 2016!

For many attendees of the Tucson Show this year, it was a year of getting sick, and that included the owner of All That Glitters - the 3rd time in about 30 years of Tucson attendance.  Something was going around the southwest, sending many to bed, to doctors and even one well known award winning cutter, to the ER for the night.  Many took their issues back to their home states or countriesā€¦

Here are the changes on the All That Glitters Website for March 2016:

This Month's Special:  Boulder/Matrix Opal from Australia weighing 45.67cts!
This took some time to purchase from the Aussie who was digging this material.  We chose this one piece
from a parcel and he really didn't want to sell it at the price we finally negotiated after about 30 mins.   To move this
rapidly, we also priced it to move, asking not much more than what we paid for it - and seeing how difficult it was to purchase, it must have been a nice low price for a nice piece!

This Month's Gem News:   What Should be Expected in Gemstone Prices in the Future?
L. Allen Brown, owner of All That Glitters, shares what dealers are seeing, thinking and anticipating as far as gemstone prices, and well as providing his thoughts on what to perhaps expect.  Read Moreā€¦

Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones:
Newly added recently includes the following:
Wonderful large 1.56ct Natural Alexandrite with a blue green to purple color change - currently being certed in GIA.
3.59ct Round Blue MONTANA Sapphire - A Must See in Person!
Neon Pinkish Red Vietnamese Spinel
Fine Ruby Red Burmese Spinel - recut and finally received back from our December trip abroad
Large Deep Pink Ice Colored Spine - also recut, and received back recently
6+ct Oval Orange Spessartite Garnet
Burmese Bluish Spinel
Blue Moonstone
Faceted Opal with nice play of color
Amethyst-Colored Purple Garnet (this material has been a big hit on the market as well as in Tucson)
Large Rhodolite Garnet
Unusual Bicolor (Bluish/Pink) Cat's Eye Tourmaline
Orangy Cat's Eye Tourmaline
Burmese Pink Tourmaline  "Eye"
Burmese Ruby Red Spinel Crystal with natural Triangular growth structure on crystal face
Two Large Burmese Hackmanite Cabs - Great Color Changers
Unique Amethyst Quartz Crystal Slice with another colored Quartz Crystal contained within the slice
Back from our Award Winning U.S. Cutter - a Wonderful 35+ct Ametrine, a 5+ct Ouro Preto Topaz which has gotten many comments/compliments after being posted on Facebook, and a nice green-blue 3+ct Nuristani Tourmaline (very old rough in our inventory).  All are Concave Faceted - producing not only beautiful but interesting pieces.  Though the photos are very nice for these pieces, a few people who have seen them in person and have commented that they look better in person than the photos!
Alexandrite, Alexandrite Cat's Eye, Pink Scapolite from Burma that fluoresces, a Grossular Garnet that also fluoresces, Ruby and Sapphire, including Fancy Multi-Colored Sapphire and Padparadschas, unique one of a kind Opals, many Star Sapphires, Blue Moonstones, various colored Spinels, a carved Iolite Chameleon, neon Apatite, Green Sphene, Tsavorite, Aquamarine, a fancy kite-shaped Tanzanite, Demantoid Garnet, Chrysoberyl,  Cat's Eye Chrysoberyl, a Diamond Crystal (2.8+cts) with a flower-like Hydrogen Cloud (currently at GIA being studied for possible publication), as well as Blue, Yellow and Green Zircon! 

Gemstones in Cutting:
Two Color Changing Diaspores will be carved/sculpted by our latest award winning gem cutter.

New Payment Possibility!:   
This method of bank account to bank account transfer is becoming more popular. One can send funds directly from a Popmoney account or via an individual's bank account if the bank uses Popmoney.
To promote this method of payment, we are offering 1% back on purchases made using Popmoney! 
Contact us and we will provide you with an updated total for your purchase including the shipping and insurance.

New Link/Page - Padparadscha (Pad) Sapphire:
We have been seeking out this Rarest of Sapphire and have an extraordinary collection of fine Pads, all GIA Certed - some VERY large and important Pads.  All well cut, eye clean, beautiful pieces compared to what one finds out there in the market - but then again, that is our forte, Fine Colored Well Cut Unique Gemstones, and all priced far below what is expected!

New Link/Page - Chrysoberyl:
We now have sufficient inventory of Chrysoberyl (various yellows, cat's eyes, Alexandrite, a specimen etc.) to create a separate page for Chrysoberyl.  We have also decided to offer a Chrysoberyl gemstone for this Month's Special to commemorate this new page!

New Link/Page - Star Sapphire:
With a large purchase of Star Sapphire recently, we have created this new page which may be found under the Sapphire category in the left hand navigation column, or as a link at the bottom of every Sapphire page.

New Link/Page - Tribute to Stephen Kotlowski, Supreme Master Gemcutter:
We added a new link/page at the very bottom of the left hand navigation column dedicated to our friend/master cutter, Stephen Kotlowski, who passed away unexpectedly in October 2015.  There is information on Stephen, as well as various photos, and approximately 50 images of gemstones that Stephen either faceted from All That Glitters rough or re-cut from previously faceted gemstone purchases.  This represents all of our gemstones faceted by Stephen that are currently available for sale; a few that have recently sold.  This is an unexpected premature ending to the legacy of an experienced cutter who continued to amaze the gemstone community with his talents.

More All That Glitters Gemstones to be Studied at GIA:
GIA has requested several more gemstones in the All That Glitters inventory to be brought to Tucson for
discussion among the lab personal to see if they will be brought back to GIA in Carlsbad for study and possible

future publication in Gems and Gemology Magazine.   As of the Tucson Show, GIA currently has 4 gemstones they are studying.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Two Newly Added Pages to the All That Glitters Website!