Tuesday, February 26, 2019

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for March 2019!


Here are the changes on the All That Glitters Website for March 2019:

This Month's Special:  Large Terminated Black Tourmaline Crystal on Custom Stand – Best Offer!
This item which weighs well over 5000cts (can’t determine actual weight as though we have about 5 scales, one can only weigh up to 5000cts and this weighs far more…)  This has been sitting on the All That Glitters office desk in the West Coast office for years, but we have a new item for display that we would like to show off.  So we are offering our older fine large specimen for sale – currently priced at $1,275, make an offer!...  (Stand is most likely Rosewood, Teak or Cherry)

This Month's Gem News:   Wearing Marie Antoinette’s Jewelry
In March of 1791, Queen Marie Antoinette prepared for her escape from France. According to accounts written by her lady in waiting, Madame Campan, the queen spent an entire evening in the Tuileries Palace wrapping her diamonds, rubies and pearls in cotton and secreting them in a wooden chest.
Read More…

Newly Faceted or Newly Photographed Gemstones: 
Numerous items will be available on our Newly Photographed Page as soon as we obtain decent photos and create the necessary text and coding. 
So far, we believe all the gems were uploaded and are online as of recently.
Expect to see the following:
Alexandrite – Brasilian
Two Ametrines are back from our cutters, with one have a ‘double bubble’ created in the very center
Andalusite – small old parcel with good color
Garnet – large color shifting from various greens to various purples and super colors under more than one source!
Quartz - Included
Sapphire – unique orange or salmon, green (2), purple (2), bubble gum pink, Montana Sapphire, Parti-Colored Slice
Spinel – purply blue (Madagascar), unique reddish orange from Vietnam
Topaz – large wonderful orangy sherry color
Tourmaline – Trapiche from Zambia
Tsavorite – super glowing green large round
Zircon – Deep Blue

Specimens include:
Agate – Cube from Russia (beautiful and a must see!)
Meteorite – 5mm etched cube weighing 998 grams (essentially 1 kilogram, 2.25 lbs!)
Skarn – Fantastic natural skarn framed slab from Russia (40 yo find); looks like a drawing or sketch!
Tourmaline, 1 crystal and one terminated quartz with green/blue tourmaline crystals/segments

Rough – Behind the scenes and to be cut in the future:
Color Shift/Change Garnets – unique colors
Aquamarine
Mint Merelani Garnet
Large Unique Grossular Garnets, slight color shift
Montana Sapphire (greenish)

Antiquities:
Carnelian Seal – wonderful chariot scene
Agate Cylinder Seal  - one of the largest we have ever seen with incredible well designed/incised scene!
Roman Seal (Hercules) – probably Agate and could have originally been in a ring
Roman Bronze depicting what looks like an athlete possibly in a shot put competition
                                                                           
Buy Now and Intent to Purchase Buttons:
We hope to be changing our website in the future so one can just click on a button near an item of interest to make the purchase.  With so much inventory and hundreds of pages to change/modify or create from scratch, we still may be a few years from that goal.  However, as an initial test and so people don’t have to scroll down the page to find our PayPal or Intent to Purchase links, we have added two quick features on one page – the Newly Photographed Page.  One will find two buttons under items which will allow payment via PayPal or access to our Intent to Purchase Form in the vicinity of items for sale.  You will still have to enter certain information as you would on those individual links, but it is more convenient and we wanted to see if our customers would be using them.  So click away and make your purchases!

Gemstones in Cutting:
We have two large 100ct Oregon Sunstones that will be carved and/or cut by the multi-award winning cutter, Dalan Hargrave.  Dalan has reached out to us recently to indicate his thoughts on how he would approach the cutting of each piece, and we hope that these pieces will be as beautiful as his past pieces – many destined to be in major collections and museums.  We gave him the thumbs up to begin working his magic, and some of his pieces are indeed magical!  We are currently awaiting the results.  
A few pieces of new rough will be given to a different cutter we have used in the past, and that might include the Aqua, Mint Merelani Garnet, Unique Color Shifting Garnet and a large Shifting Orangy Garnet, as well as the greenish Montana Sapphire.

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show:
Many of the prices we saw in the wholesale shows this year continue to be much higher that the All That Glitters website prices.  We are still considering exhibiting there next year and moving out a large volume of our inventory.  We last displayed there in about 1990.


Thursday, January 31, 2019

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for February 2019!


Here are the changes on the All That Glitters Website for February 2019:

This Month's Special:  Large Special Meteorite with Etching and Natural Surface

This Month's Gem News:   Michael Dyber’s Innovative Gem Carving
Read More…

Newly Faceted or Newly Photographed Gemstones: 
Several new gemstones and other items should be available in our March Monthly Email, and posted by the end of February.  Keep checking the Newly Faceted/Newly Photographed Gemstones Page – link immediately above!
                                                                                

Sunday, December 30, 2018

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for January 2019!


Here are the changes on the All That Glitters Website for January 2019:
  
This Month's Special:  

This Month's Gem News:   Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019
So what is the color of the year as defined by Pantone???
Read More…

Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones: 
New incredibly beautiful, approx. 35ct Ametrine faceted in the U.S. by one of our masterful cutters   (SOLD!)
Beautiful Pentagon Shaped 26+ Ametrine from All That Glitters Rough faceted by an incredible cutter known for his work on Quartz    (SOLD!)
An incredible 40+ct Ametrine, flat faceted in a specially designed unique cut which shows off many colors by a cutter known for cutting quartz!  Still Available!
Second Chance at a wonderfully etched meteorite on one side and the naturally occurring original surface on the other (SOLD!)
Two Certed 3+ Spinels, one being a purply rose and the other more of a purple – both priced to move   (SOLD!)
We have 4 U.S. Faceted Umbalite Garnets, two squares, one square cushion (the 4.18ct gem is Under Consideration), one round, all with the same properties:  depending on the lights, the color can be burgundy wine, ruby red or magenta.  We haven’t been able to obtain really good photos of these pieces.  Two of these do appear on the website.  Weights range from 3+cts to 6+cts and are priced at $100/ct. A very low price for unique color shifting that we haven’t seen before.
                                                                                
Buy Now and Intent to Purchase Buttons:
We hope to be changing our website in the future so one can just click on a button near an item of interest to make the purchase.  With so much inventory and hundreds of pages to change/modify or create from scratch, we still may be a few years from that goal.  However, as an initial test and so people don’t have to scroll down the page to find our PayPal or Intent to Purchase links, we have added two quick features on one page – the Newly Photographed Page.  One will find two buttons under items which will allow payment via PayPal or access to our Intent to Purchase Form in the vicinity of items for sale.  You will still have to enter certain information as you would on those individual links, but it is more convenient and we wanted to see if our customers would be using them.  So click away and make your purchases!

Gemstones in Cutting:
We have two large 100ct Oregon Sunstones that will be carved and/or cut by the multi-award winning cutter, Dalan Hargrave.  Dalan has reached out to us recently to indicate
his thoughts on how he would approach the cutting of each piece, and we hope that these pieces will be as beautiful as his past pieces – many destined to be in major collections and museums.  We gave him the thumbs up to begin working his magic, and some of his pieces are indeed magical!

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is Just Around the Corner:
Before you know it, people will be leaving for the Tucson Show!  We do not plan on displaying this year, but are considering 2020.  We will continue to meet our customers, those from the United States and those that fly in from other countries.  Our inventory is split between both the east and west coasts, so contact us to learn if items you have an interest in are available for us to bring to Tucson.  Arrangements can be made to view items in person, so one can admire the internal brilliance, external polish/sparkle and color under various lights.  This is a great opportunity to see some of  the All That Glitters inventory in person!



Thursday, November 29, 2018

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for December 2018!

Here are the changes on the All That Glitters Website for December 2018:


This Month's Special:  

This Month's Gem News:   New Facts About the Hope Diamond Revealed
Read More…

Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones: 
New incredibly beautiful, approx. 35ct Ametrine faceted in the U.S. by one of our masterful cutters….Check it out!
Beautiful Pentagon Shaped 26+ Ametrine from All That Glitters Rough faceted by an incredible cutter known for his work on Quartz…  (SOLD!)
An incredible 40+ct Ametrine, flat faceted in a specially designed unique cut which shows off many colors by a cutter known for cutting quartz!
Second Chance at a wonderfully etched meteorite on one side and the naturally occurring original surface on the other (SOLD!)
Two Certed 3+ Spinels, one being a purply rose and the other more of a purple – both priced to move… (SOLD!)
We have 4 U.S. Faceted Umbalite Garnets, two squares, one square cushion (this 4.18ct gem is Under Consideration), one round, all with the same properties:  depending on the lights, the color can be burgundy wine, ruby red or magenta.  We haven’t been able to obtain really good photos of these pieces.  Two of these do appear on the website.  Weights range from 3+cts to 6+cts and are priced at $100/ct. A very low price for unique color shifting that we haven’t seen before.
                                                
Gemstones in Cutting:
We are working with another cutter for the first time, to facet another Ametrine.  We hope to see an incredibly beautiful gem in the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!
The last two pieces of specialty Ametrine rough may be given to our cutter who has been doing the flat faceting on this material.  If so, we would expect two more pieces to be posted perhaps in January.
We have two large 100ct Oregon Sunstones that will be carved and/or cut by the multi-award winning cutter, Dalan Hargrave.  We hope that these pieces from Dalan will be received by the end of the year, but it is very possible that the items will not be available until about the timeframe of the Tucson Show.

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is Just Around the Corner:
Before you know it, people will be leaving for the Tucson Show!  We do not plan on displaying this year, but considering 2020.  We will continue to meet our customers, those from the United States and those that fly in from other countries.  Our inventory is split between both the east and west coasts, so contact us to learn if items you have an interest in are available for us to bring to Tucson.  Arrangements can be made to view items in person, so one can admire the internal brilliance, external polish/sparkle and color under various lights.  This is a great opportunity to see some of  the All That Glitters inventory in person!




Monday, October 29, 2018

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for November 2018!


Here are the changes on the All That Glitters Website for November 2018:

This Month's Special:  

This Month's Gem News:   World's Most Expensive Coloured Gem Sells for $30M
The Sunrise Ruby has become the world's most expensive coloured gemstone, selling for $30M at auction…
Read More…

Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones: 
http://www.allthatglitters.co/Photos_New.htm
An incredible 40+ct Ametrine, flat faceted in a specially designed unique cut which shows off many colors by a cutter known for cutting quartz! (Under Consideration!)
Second Chance at a wonderfully etched meteorite on one side and the naturally occurring original surface on the other (removed from website – see below)
(Will be auctioned off shortly with other meteorites and coincides with the Neil Armstrong auction – contact us for more info if interested!)
Two Certed 3+ Spinels, one being a purply rose and the other more of a purple – both priced to move… (and NOW this Months Special!)
We have 4 U.S. Faceted Umbalite Garnets, two squares, one square cushion, one round, all with the same properties:  depending on the lights, the color can be burgundy wine, ruby red or magenta.  We haven’t been able to obtain really good photos of these pieces.  Two of these do appear on the website.
Weights range from 3+cts to 6+cts and are priced at $100/ct. A very low price for unique color shifting that we haven’t seen before.
                                                                                
Gemstones in Cutting:
We have two large 100ct Oregon Sunstones that will be carved and/or cut by the multi-award winning cutter, Dalan Hargrave. 
These should be available with the next few months.
Many have really drooled over the flat faceted Ametrines recently faceted by one of our cutters, and this standard faceting is less expensive than concaving. 
Another one is currently in cutting – we know it will be a pentagon, a perfect shape for a pendant!  Should be available by early Nov, but might not be in our hands until mid-November when we are settled in our West Coast office for the winter.  We have also given a new cutter another piece of this material to see what his thoughts are and what he feels can do with the material.  If all goes well, we will have him facet this piece and will offer it to our customers in mid-November also.  He is another extremely talented cutter and we hope to utilize his services in the future with other rough we have or will obtain in the future.

All That Glitters LARGE Ruby Photographed:
The talented Gemstone/Mineral Photographer Jeffrey A. Scovil, while set up at the Big E in Springfield, MA (08/10/18), photographed our incredible 5.67ct, GIA Certified UNHEATED Purple Red Ruby. Incredible size, cutting, clarity, etc. One of the most important gems in our 37 year inventory!  The photo has been received and has been posted with more information, as well as the cert.  Color rendition is not the best and even if we were to view the correct color on our office laptop, it is guaranteed that the image color will vary from device to device.  The GIA cert indicates that it is a purplish red, and it does have a glow to it also.



Friday, September 28, 2018

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for October 2018!


Here are the changes on the All That Glitters Website for October 2018:

This Month's Special:  

This Month's Gem News:   Update on Tanzanian Rough
The rough ban continues - continues longer than most people expected.  Faceted Gems Dry Up Also!
Read More…

Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones: 
http://www.allthatglitters.co/Photos_New.htm
An incredible 40+ct Ametrine, flat faceted in a specially designed unique cut which shows off many colors by a cutter known for cutting quartz!
Second Chance at a wonderfully etched meteorite on one side and the naturally occurring original surface on the other – read more on the auction site…
Two Certed 3+ Spinels recently arrived, one being a purply rose and the other more of a purple – both priced to move…
We have 3 faceted Umbalite Garnets, one square, one square cushion and one round, with the same properties:  depending on the lights, the color can be burgundy wine, ruby red or magenta.  The round we have yet to obtain a good photo of – it is available, weighs over 6cts and is priced the same as the other two per carat.
                                                                                
Gemstones in Cutting:
We have two large 100ct Oregon Sunstones that will be carved and/or cut by the multi-award winning cutter, Dalan Hargrave. 
These should be available with the next few months.
We anticipate having two more Ametrines in faceting, by two different cutters with two very different styles – both artists have been making a name for themselves!

All That Glitters In The News:
Trapiche-like Amethyst from Brazil - GIA just released the Summer 2018 Edition of Gems & Gemology Magazine with an article on new gem-related material that they expressed an interest in examining more closely, after L. Allen Brown’s discussion with them at the GIA Booth within the AGTA Show, Jan/Feb 2018. The article has just been released online and in print.  All four new acquisitions appear in the article, with three being available for sale!
All That Glitters Unique and Rare Gemstones have appeared in Gems & Gemology Magazine on a regular basis, with the first article being 1996 noting the newly discovered Imperial Malaia Garnet, named by the owner of All That Glitters. 

Gerard Quintin from the South American Gem Academy contacted All That Glitters about an upcoming article as he desired some of our unique fine examples of Ametrine.  Geoffrey Dominy, whom we met and have been in contact with for about 30 years, then reached out for more photos and info for this article.  The World Gem Foundation is responsible for Gemology Today, and Geoff is the founder, as well as a relatively new publisher of books on gemstones.  We expect some of our gemstone to be in his future books as well as other articles.  The Ametrine article may be viewed on the following link: 

Something New!:
Visit our Jewelry Page to view the All That Glitters entry into the Spectrum Awards Contest sponsored by AGTA!
Title of Entry:  "Fall in New England" (Inspired by the Changing Leaves and the Masterful Color Display in Nature)
A Collaboration in Gems, Design, Precious Metal: All That Glitters/Katzenbach Designs
Description:  4.30ct Flame Shaped Red-Orange Topaz, Ouro Preto (Minas Gerais, Brasil); AGTA - N
 
(Topaz includes variations of Orange, Red, Peach and Melon and is Accented/Enhanced by the Autumnal Colors of the Sapphire Suite)
131 Round Red/Orange/Yellow Sapphire Suite weighing a total of 3.27cts; ATGA - H
Set in 18kt Royal Yellow Gold and comes with a multi-wire 14kt gold choker as well as an 18” Black Leather Cord (as an alternative method of wear)
We will be attempting to re-photograph this spectacular piece once in arrives back from AGTA over the next few weeks.

All That Glitters LARGE Ruby Photographed:
The talented Gemstone/Mineral Photographer Jeffrey A. Scovil, while set up at the Big E in Springfield, MA (08/10/18), photographed our incredible 5.67ct, GIA Certified UNHEATED Purple Red Ruby. Incredible size, cutting, clarity, etc. One of the most important gems in our 37 year inventory! Photo to be posted in the future when Jeff finishes his magic within a week or so...


Thursday, August 30, 2018

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for September 2018!

Here are the changes on the All That Glitters Website for September 2018:

This Month's Special: 

This Month's Gem News:   Trapiche-like Amethyst from Brazil
Four trapiche-like amethyst cabochons were submitted to GIA’s Carlsbad laboratory by L. Allen Brown (All That Glitters, Methuen, Massachusetts) for scientific examination…
GIA just released the Summer 2018 Edition of Gems & Gemology Magazine with an article on new gem-related material that they expressed an interest in examining more closely, after L. Allen Brown’s discussion with them at the GIA Booth within the AGTA Show, Jan/Feb 2018. The article has just been released online and in print.  All four new acquisitions appear in the article, with three being available for sale!
Read More…

Newly Faceted or Photographed Gemstones: 
A flat faceted blended Ametrine, recently faceted by a new cutter, came and left quickly as soon as someone viewed it in person!
Two Certed 3+ Spinels recently arrived, one being a purply rose and the other more of a purple – both priced to move…
The owner of All That Glitters has faceted three gemstones over the past 2 months – one 4.30ct Oregon Sunstone (yellow and in the All That Glitters Elegante Specialty Design), two Umbalite (Rhodolite Garnets), one being a 4.30ct Square and another a 6.45ct (11+mm) Round.  Very difficult to capture the brilliance and color in a photo and only the square is displayed on the website.  Like the Garnet parcel noted further below, the color tends to be Burgundy Wine under fluorescent, but under incandescent it is Ruby Red and with light containing more blue (such as diffused daylight), it more magenta, which is the color expected from Umbalite Garnet.  Both are very brilliant under incandescent or other lights, but don’t show the brilliance under fluorescent.  Properties of these garnets are therefore quite unique in more ways than one!
Last month, a package arrived from our cutters containing gemstones where were faceted from our rough:
Orange Zircon(2 pieces, the smaller one has SOLD!); Bright Yellow Zircon: Small ‘Test’ Gemstones which include Fancy Rare Garnet (various colors – yellow, padparadscha, imperial/champagne), Purple Garnet (SOLD!) and Orange Tourmaline(SOLD!).  We attempted to photograph some of the Blue Flash Amethyst as well as the Rhodolite/Umbalite Garnet (3 matched pairs and 3 singles), but color rendition wasn’t good enough for posting.  We were also hoping on selling these two parcels to dealers, as we have a few whom would probably love to have these in inventory.  Two of the Amethysts sold while at a goldsmiths, and we will attempt to photo the remaining two pieces, of which, we really believe
the goldsmith missed the boat as they say, as the large emerald cut as it glows with a blue purple!
                                                                                
Gemstones in Cutting:
We have two large 100ct Oregon Sunstones that will be carved and/or cut by the multi-award winning cutter, Dalan Hargrave.  These will be available in about 6 months.
Considering sending one of our Blended Ametrine pieces of rough to the same cutter who flat faceted our previous one which was another hit!

All That Glitters In The News:
Trapiche-like Amethyst from Brazil - GIA just released the Summer 2018 Edition of Gems & Gemology Magazine with an article on new gem-related material that they expressed an interest in examining more closely, after L. Allen Brown’s discussion with them at the GIA Booth within the AGTA Show, Jan/Feb 2018. The article has just been released online and in print.  All four new acquisitions appear in the article, with three being available for sale!
All That Glitters Unique and Rare Gemstones have appeared in Gems & Gemology Magazine on a regular basis, with the first article being 1996 noting the newly discovered Imperial Malaia Garnet, named by the owner of All That Glitters. 
Gerard Quintin from the South American Gem Academy contacted All That Glitters about an upcoming article as he desired some of our unique fine examples of Ametrine.  Geoffrey Dominy, whom we met and have been in contact with for about 30 years, then reached out for more photos and info for this article.  The World Gem Foundation is responsible for Gemology Today, and Geoff is the founder, as well as a relatively new publisher of books on gemstones.  We expect some of our gemstone to be in his future books as well as other articles.  The Ametrine article may be viewed on the following link: 
Our gemstones have appeared in magazines, books, newspapers, trade journals and even websites such as International Gem Society as many of All That Glitters gems represent the gemstone species on their website!  All That Glitters/L. Allen Brown may be the most published gemstone business as far as photos of unique, fine and extraordinary color, as well as the least known since we haven’t displayed in Tucson since 1990 or exhibited in a show open to the public since 2003!  That could change with 2019, as we might display in Tucson again, and if not in 2019, we certainly hope to in 2020 – so put it on your calendar and plan to visit our booth!  We will note our location, booth, hours, etc.in our monthly emails prior to the show.

Something New!:
Visit our Jewelry Page to view the All That Glitters entry into the Spectrum Awards Contest sponsored by AGTA!
Title of Entry:  "Fall in New England" (Inspired by the Changing Leaves and the Masterful Color Display in Nature)
A Collaboration in Gems, Design, Precious Metal: All That Glitters/Katzenbach Designs
Description:  4.30ct Flame Shaped Red-Orange Topaz, Ouro Preto (Minas Gerais, Brasil); AGTA - N
 
(Topaz includes variations of Orange, Red, Peach and Melon and is Accented/Enhanced by the Autumnal Colors of the Sapphire Suite)
131 Round Red/Orange/Yellow Sapphire Suite weighing a total of 3.27cts; ATGA - H
Set in 18kt Royal Yellow Gold and comes with a multi-wire 14kt gold choker as well as an 18” Black Leather Cord (as an alternative method of wear)
We will be attempting to re-photograph this spectacular piece once in arrives back from AGTA over the next few weeks.

All That Glitters LARGE Ruby Photographed:
The talented Gemstone/Mineral Photographer Jeffrey A. Scovil, while set up at the Big E in Springfield, MA (08/10/18), photographed our incredible 5.67ct, GIA Certified UNHEATED Purple Red Ruby. Incredible size, cutting, clarity, etc. One of the most important gems in our 37 year inventory! Photo to be posted in the future when Jeff finishes his magic within a week or so...