Friday, August 30, 2019


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

This Month's Special:  Emerald Cut Pink Sapphire, 1.01ct!
Sapphire is the Birthstone for September and in keeping with tradition, first gemstone to be This Month’s Special will be a Sapphire, and we say first, because this is such a great price, we don’t see this lasting long and we will replace the sold gemstone with another Sapphire and continue to do so until the end of the month of September!
(The Savings on This Month’s Special reflect our optimism on our finding a few nice Sapphires on our expedition – scroll down to learn more!)
Visit our Monthly Special Page to Learn More…

This Month’s Gem News:  “Double Bubble” Multiphase Inclusion in Beryl"
Another Published Item from the All That Glitters Inventory - “Double Bubble” Multiphase Inclusion in Beryl",
Gems & Gemology (GIA) - Spring 2019 
(And this Crystal is Available for anyone who might have an interest!)
Read More… 

Newly Faceted or Newly Photographed Gemstones: 
Approx 16ct Grooved Ametrine – better photos to be posted when returned from cutter
Large 5cm x 5cm x5cm Meteorite Cube with wonderful natural etchings (Sweden). Weighs just under 1 kilo(2.25lbs)  Priced to Move.  View professional photo of this beauty.
30.30ct Ametrine in an incredible pattern and shape, getting over 2000 likes in only 2 days online!
Ametrines finished by two different cutters (from our special rough!) and they include:
   32+ct Cut in attractive design called the Stone Saver
   Almost 26ct Checker Board Oval
   30.30ct Kite-like shape with both flat faceting and grooving! (again posted by others and tons of likes!)
A Blue Flash Amethyst in a Diamond Shape weighing 15.97cts, as well as a 13.92ct Shield.
Two faceted gems from one of our newest and youngest cutter:  4+ct Spear Shaped African Garnet and a Kite Shaped Blue Flash Amethyst weighing 16.16cts.
Three beautiful pieces of included quartz, with green star-like crystal formations – some of these seem to have been dusted with another white and beige mineral!  (priced to move as a group – they are all different and fascinating)
Two incredibly beautiful, intricate 18kt White Gold Rings have been custom created and are described below:
   GIA Certed Pad surrounded by Diamonds,flanked by Glowing Blue Sapphires/Pad-like Sapphires in 18kt White Gold
   Montana Sapphire surrounded by White Sapphire and Matching Blue Sapphire Melee in 18kt White Gold
                                                                    
Gemstones in Cutting:
Two more Ametrines are currently in queue to be faceted.
We have two large 100ct Oregon Sunstones that will be carved and/or cut by the multi-award winning cutter, Dalan Hargrave.  Again, no progress this month – his queue is backed up and apparently there is about a year plus wait….

All That Glitters to Visit/Work Sapphire Claim in Montana:
We will be visiting an active mining claim in Montana where wonderful Sapphires can be found.  We hope to spend some time there seeking rough, and if we are fortunate, our U.S. cutters will facet this material and we will be able to offer our customers the treasures from our adventure!...  (And as usual and expected, way below retail pricing)




Tuesday, July 30, 2019

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for August 2019!


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

This Month's Special:  
Visit our Monthly Special Page to Learn More…

This Month’s Gem News:   Colorblocking:  The Art and Fashion of Multicolor Gemstones
“Clothes, handbags, shoes and accessories that sport multiple solid colors, usually in bold and bright shades called colorblocking, have reappeared on the fashion scene in a big way the last few years, but the trend is not new...…”
Read More and See How Multiple Colors Can Be Found In Natural Gemstones… 

Newly Faceted or Newly Photographed Gemstones: 
We have a few more Ametrines recently finished by two different cutters (from our special rough!) and they include:
   32+ct Cut in attractive design called the Stone Saver
   Almost 26ct Checker Board Oval
   25.23ct Shield
   33+ct Triangle (grooved/flat faceted – specialty cutting; have received over 2000 likes on line, posted by others)
   30.30ct Kite-like shape with both flat faceting and grooving! (again posted by others and tons of likes!)
A Blue Flash Amethyst in a Diamond Shape weighing 15.97cts is just back, as well as a 13.92ct Shield.
3 nicely faceted gems from one of our newest and youngest cutters:  5+ct Hexagonal Aquamarine, 4+ct Spear Shaped African Garnet and a Kite Shaped Blue Flash Amethyst weighing 16.16cts.
Three beautiful pieces of included quartz, with green star-like crystal formations – some of these seem to have been dusted with another white and beige mineral!  (priced to move as a group – they are all different and fascinating)
Two incredibly beautiful, intricate 18kt White Gold Rings have been custom created and are described below:
   GIA Certed Pad surrounded by Diamonds,flanked by Glowing Blue Sapphires/Pad-like Sapphires in 18kt White Gold
   Montana Sapphire surrounded by White Sapphire and Matching Blue Sapphire Melee in 18kt White Gold 
GIA Recently Certed Fine Gems:
   Alexandrite – Brasilian 
   Color Change Garnet – large, changing from various greens to various purples -  super colors under more than one source!
   Ruby – 1.25ct described as a Purplish Red
   Sapphire - unique pink/salmon depending on available lights/wavelengths
Fancy Uniquely Colored Small Garnets are back from the cutters (no photos currently as it is very difficult to capture the true color of these pieces.  Contact us if interested.)
Large,  just under 7ct U.S. Faceted, Mint Merelani Garnet
Montana Sapphire, bluish green to green in color, elongated emerald cut, faceted in the U.S.
Quartz - Included      
Sapphire –Green (2), Purple (2), Neony Bubble Gum Pink (Certed), Montana Sapphire, Parti-Colored Slice
Spinel – large purply blue or bluish purple (Madagascar Origin; on hold, but available in a month or so)
Spinel - unique reddish orange from Vietnam
Topaz – large wonderful orangy sherry color (unheated)

Specimens include:
Agate – Cube from Russia (beautiful and a must see! – West Coast Office only and not available until the end of the year)
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

Antiquities:
Carnelian Seal – wonderful chariot scene with Greek Aegean Star (possibly a former pendant)
Agate Cylinder Seal  - one of the largest we have ever seen with incredible well designed/incised hunting scene - Important!
Roman Seal (Hercules) – believe to be clear/grey Agate and could have originally been in a ring
Roman Bronze depicting what looks like an athlete possibly in a shot put competition (said to be Cupid)
           
TAX FREE HOLIDAY for Massachusetts Residents:
Saturday and Sunday, August 17th and 18th, no tax on items below a certain value!  That is the weekend to make your purchase for those items you’ve had your eye on….




Saturday, June 29, 2019

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for July 2019!


Here are the changes on the All That Glitters Website for July 2019:
  
This Month's Special:  
Visit our Monthly Special Page to Learn More…

This Month’s Gem News:   Become ENGAGED with COLOR!
“More and more couples are choosing colored gemstone rings for their personal commitment to each other…”
Read More… 

Newly Faceted or Newly Photographed Gemstones: 
Large Absolutely Killer 32+ct Ametrine just in from one of our Specialty Cutters. Working on obtaining photos to post….
Three beautiful pieces of included quartz, with green star-like crystal formations – some of these seem to have been dusted with another white and beige mineral!
Two incredibly beautiful, intricate 18kt White Gold Rings have been custom created and are described below:
   GIA Certed Pad surrounded by Diamonds,flanked by Glowing Blue Sapphires/Pad-like Sapphires in 18kt White Gold – This Months Special!
   Montana Sapphire surrounded by White Sapphire and Matching Blue Sapphire Melee in 18kt White Gold – This Months Special!
Recently GIA Certed Fine Gems:
   Alexandrite – Brasilian  (Hope to see a jewelry manufacturer/designer and will show this piece to them; may be gone shortly!...)
   Color Change Garnet – large, changing from various greens to various purples -  super colors under more than one source!
   Ruby – 1.25ct described as a Purplish Red
   Sapphire - unique pink/salmon depending on available lights/wavelengths
Three Blue Flash Amethysts  (Under Consideration – Awaiting their arrival and approval in the UK)
Fancy Uniquely Colored Small Garnets are back from the cutters (no photos currently as it is very difficult to capture the true color of these pieces.  Contact us if interested.)
Large,  just under 7ct U.S. Faceted, Mint Merelani Garnet
Montana Sapphire, bluish green to green in color, elongated emerald cut, faceted in the U.S.
Two Ametrines are back from our cutters, with one have a ‘double bubble’ created in the very center - (SOLD!)
Andalusite – small old parcel with good color  (SOLD!)
Aquamarine Parcel, Matched Pieces (SOLD!)
Quartz - Included      
Sapphire –Green (2), Purple (2), Neony Bubble Gum Pink (Certed), Montana Sapphire, Parti-Colored Slice
Spinel – large purply blue or bluish purple (Madagascar Origin; on hold, but available in a month or so)
Spinel - unique reddish orange from Vietnam
Topaz – large wonderful orangy sherry color (unheated)
Tourmaline – Trapiche from Zambia  (SOLD!)
Tsavorite – super glowing green large round (SOLD!)
Zircon – Deep Blue  (SOLD!)

Specimens include:
Agate – Cube from Russia (beautiful and a must see! – West Coast Office only and not available until the end of the year)
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

Antiquities:
Carnelian Seal – wonderful chariot scene with Greek Aegean Star (possibly a former pendant)
Agate Cylinder Seal  - one of the largest we have ever seen with incredible well designed/incised hunting scene - Important!
Roman Seal (Hercules) – believe to be clear/grey Agate and could have originally been in a ring
Roman Bronze depicting what looks like an athlete possibly in a shot put competition (said to be Cupid)

NEW PAGE!:
We have created a Close Out Page where some items may be posted at times.  Typically older material that may not have seen the light of day
for a few decades – check it out at times!  Prices may not be listed at times and a fair offer will be considered.
                                                                          
Gemstones in Cutting:
We have two large Ametrines, an Aquamarine, a Blue Flash Amethyst and a Purply Garnet all in cutting – two different U.S. Cutters.
The Aquamarine and Amethyst have been completed and we are waiting on the Garnet.  The two Ametrines are currently in queue to be started.
Two more Ametrines and a Blue Flash Amethyst are also on the hands of the cutter who recently finished the 32+ct just back.  Just a matter of time….
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.  So far, it is a year, but these things take time.



Wednesday, May 29, 2019

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for June 2019!


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

This Month's Special:  
Visit our Monthly Special Page to Learn More…

This Month’s Gem News:   
Read More… 

Newly Faceted or Newly Photographed Gemstones: 
Three beautiful pieces of included quartz, with green star-like crystal formations – some of these seem to have been dusted with another white and beige mineral!
Two incredibly beautiful, intricate 18kt White Gold Rings have been custom created and are described below:
   GIA Certed Pad surrounded by Diamonds and flanked by Glowing Blue Sapphires/Pad-like Sapphires in 18kt White Gold
   Montana Sapphire surrounded by White Sapphire and Matching Blue Sapphire Melee in 18kt White Gold
Recently GIA Certed Fine Gems:
   Alexandrite – Brasilian
   Color Change Garnet – large, changing from various greens to various purples -  super colors under more than one source!
   Ruby – 1.25ct described as a Purplish Red
   Sapphire - unique pink/salmon depending on available lights/wavelengths
Three Blue Flash Amethysts  (Under Consideration – Awaiting their arrival and approval in the UK)
Fancy Uniquely Colored Small Garnets are back from the cutters (no photos currently as it is very difficult to capture the true color of these pieces.  Contact us if interested.)
Large,  just under 7ct U.S. Faceted, Mint Merelani Garnet
Montana Sapphire, bluish green to green in color, elongated emerald cut, faceted in the U.S.
Two Ametrines are back from our cutters, with one have a ‘double bubble’ created in the very center - (SOLD!)
Andalusite – small old parcel with good color  (SOLD!)
Aquamarine Parcel, Matched Pieces (SOLD!)
Quartz - Included      
Sapphire –Green (2), Purple (2), Neony Bubble Gum Pink (Certed), Montana Sapphire, Parti-Colored Slice
Spinel – large purply blue or bluish purple (Madagascar Origin; on hold, but available in a month or so)
Spinel - unique reddish orange from Vietnam
Topaz – large wonderful orangy sherry color (unheated)
Tourmaline – Trapiche from Zambia  (SOLD!)
Tsavorite – super glowing green large round (SOLD!)
Zircon – Deep Blue  (SOLD!)

Specimens include:
Agate – Cube from Russia (beautiful and a must see!)
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

Antiquities:
Carnelian Seal – wonderful chariot scene with Greek Aegean Star (possibly a former pendant)
Agate Cylinder Seal  - one of the largest we have ever seen with incredible well designed/incised hunting scene - Important!
Roman Seal (Hercules) – believe to be clear/grey Agate and could have originally been in a ring
Roman Bronze depicting what looks like an athlete possibly in a shot put competition (said to be Cupid)

NEW PAGE!:
We have created a Close Out Page where some items may be posted at times.  Typically older material that may not have seen the light of day
for a few decades – check it out at times!  Prices may not be listed at times and a fair offer will be considered.
                                                                          
Gemstones in Cutting:
We have two large Ametrines, an Aquamarine, a Blue Flash Amethyst and a Purply Garnet all in cutting – two different U.S. Cutters.
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. 

Back from the Cutters:
One of our U.S. cutters of distinction continues to produce a few beauties from the rough we send him, though he typically doesn’t have the time to cut for us on a regular basis.  This time, an incredible Mint Merelani Garnet (Grossular) of just under 7cts has recently returned, as well as a 2.42ct elongated emerald cut Montana Sapphire of a blue/green color.  These Mint Merelanis have been incredibly popular due to the brilliance, unique color in the gemstone world, hints of dispersion and prices can be quite high.  One of our friends/associates faceted a very large one back about 15 years ago and it wholesaled at $90,000.  We saw a 3.15ct elongated cushion in Tucson wholesaling at about $1500/ct, which in today’s market is very decent price.  We know of a 1.6+ct round in NYC and their retail price is about $2500/ct.  This newly faceted large Mint Merelani is priced to move at the typical  All That Glitters low low price – check it out on our Newly Photographed page or our main Garnet page – note that the Mint Merelani is related to Tsavorite Garnet.




Monday, April 29, 2019

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for May 2019!


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

Visit our Monthly Special Page…

This Month’s Gem News:   What You Didn’t Know About Padparadscha
“Connoisseurs have long swooned over the mythical hues of padparadscha sapphire. With few jewelry lovers knowing anything about the stone, UK's Princess Eugenie put the spotlight on this winsome treasure in 2018…”
Read More… 

Newly Faceted or Newly Photographed Gemstones: 
Two incredibly beautiful, intricate 18kt White Gold Rings have been custom created and are described below:
   GIA Certed Pad surrounded by Diamonds and flanked by Glowing Blue Sapphires/Pad-like Sapphires in 18kt White Gold
   Montana Sapphire surrounded by White Sapphire and Matching Blue Sapphire Melee in 18kt White Gold
Recently GIA Certed Fine Gems:
   Alexandrite – Brasilian
   Color Change Garnet – large, changing from various greens to various purples -  super colors under more than one source!
   Ruby – 1.25ct described as a Purplish Red
   Sapphire - unique pink/salmon depending on available lights/wavelengths
Three Blue Flash Amethysts and Fancy Uniquely Colored Small Garnets are back from the cutters (no photos currently as it is very difficult to capture the true color of these pieces.  Contact us if interested.)
Large,  just under 7ct U.S. Faceted, Mint Merelani Garnet
Montana Sapphire, bluish green to green in color, elongated emerald cut, faceted in the U.S.
Two Ametrines are back from our cutters, with one have a ‘double bubble’ created in the very center - (SOLD!)
Andalusite – small old parcel with good color  (SOLD!)
Aquamarine Parcel, Matched Pieces (SOLD!)
Quartz - Included      
Sapphire –Green (2), Purple (2), Neony Bubble Gum Pink (Certed), Montana Sapphire, Parti-Colored Slice
Spinel – purply blue (Madagascar Origin (SOLD! - Singapore)
Spinel - unique reddish orange from Vietnam
Topaz – large wonderful orangy sherry color
Tourmaline – Trapiche from Zambia
Tsavorite – super glowing green large round (SOLD!)
Zircon – Deep Blue  (SOLD!)

Specimens include:
Agate – Cube from Russia (beautiful and a must see!)
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:
Aquamarine
Large Unique Grossular Garnets, slight color shift
Purple Garnets
Unique Color Shifting Garnets

Antiquities:
Carnelian Seal – wonderful chariot scene with Greek Aegean Star (possibly a former pendant)
Agate Cylinder Seal  - one of the largest we have ever seen with incredible well designed/incised hunting scene - Important!
Roman Seal (Hercules) – believe to be clear/grey Agate and could have originally been in a ring
Roman Bronze depicting what looks like an athlete possibly in a shot put competition (said to be Cupid)
                                                                           
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. 

Back from the Cutters:
One of our U.S. cutters of distinction continues to produce a few beauties from the rough we send him, though he typically doesn’t have the time to cut for us on a regular basis.  This time, an incredible Mint Merelani Garnet (Grossular) of just under 7cts has recently returned, as well as a 2.42ct elongated emerald cut Montana Sapphire of a blue/green color.  These Mint Merelanis have been incredibly popular due to the brilliance, unique color in the gemstone world, hints of dispersion and prices can be quite high.  One of our friends/associates faceted a very large one back about 15 years ago and it wholesaled at $90,000.  We saw a 3.15ct elongated cushion in Tucson wholesaling at about $1500/ct, which in today’s market is very decent price.  We know of a 1.6+ct round in NYC and their retail price is about $2500/ct.  This newly faceted large Mint Merelani is priced to move at the typical  All That Glitters low low price – check it out on our Newly Photographed page or our main Garnet page – note that the Mint Merelani is related to Tsavorite Garnet.



Saturday, March 30, 2019

All That Glitters Website and Info Changes for April 2019!

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

This Month's Special:  Photographed Page!

This Months Gem News:   GIA’s Gems and Gemology Magazine  - Inclusion Articles
Gemstones with unique inclusions or aesthetically pleasing/beautiful inclusions have always been of interest to the collector or those
who can appreciate naturally created beauty.  Inclusions in gems/minerals might be interesting, but they may not add any value to the host – it is only when there is something that is aesthetically pleasing, beautiful, perhaps well-formed needles/crystals, rare, etc. that the value of the piece then increases.  Some types of inclusions and their host minerals are seen in a few examples, as noted in the Gems & Gemology articles found on our Monthly News Page.
Read More… 

Newly Faceted or Newly Photographed Gemstones: 
Large just under 7ct U.S. Faceted, Mint Merelani Garnet
Montana Sapphire, bluish green in color, elongated emerald cut, faceted in the U.S.
Alexandrite – Brasilian
Two Ametrines are back from our cutters, with one have a ‘double bubble’ created in the very center - (Under Consideration – Jewelry Manufacturer/Designer)
Andalusite – small old parcel with good color
Aquamarine Parcel, Matched Pieces (Under Consideration – Jewelry Manufacturer/Designer)
Garnet – large color shifting from various greens to various purples -  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 Origin; Under Consideration - Singapore)
Spinel - unique reddish orange from Vietnam
Topaz – large wonderful orangy sherry color
Tourmaline – Trapiche from Zambia
Tsavorite – super glowing green large round (Under Consideration – Jewelry Manufacturer/Designer)
Zircon – Deep Blue  (Under Consideration – Jewelry Manufacturer/Designer)

Specimens include:
Agate – Cube from Russia (beautiful and a must see!)
Meteorite – 5mm etched cube weighing 998 grams (essentially 1 kilogram, 2.25 lbs!)  (Destined for an auction)
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 – FACETED!
Large Unique Grossular Garnets, slight color shift
Montana Sapphire (greenish) – FACETED!

Antiquities:
Carnelian Seal – wonderful chariot scene with Greek Aegean Star (possibly a former pendant)
Agate Cylinder Seal  - one of the largest we have ever seen with incredible well designed/incised hunting scene - Important!
Roman Seal (Hercules) – believe to be clear/grey Agate and could have originally been in a ring
Roman Bronze depicting what looks like an athlete possibly in a shot put competition (said to be Cupid)

Gemstones Being Certed by GIA:
We currently have the following gemstones in the CA Gem Lab of GIA being certed:
Alexandrite, Color Change Garnet, possible Ruby, possible Padparadscha – when we say possible, that is because it will be up to GIA to
determine whether they are indeed Ruby and Pad vs. Sapphire, as these two gem species are determined by color and color is
determined/based on lighting and wavelengths present.  The GIA Lab has these correct lights and will make a determination in the near future….
                                                                           
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. 
Some small uniquely colored garnets are being faceted a well as a few Blue Flash Amethyst – should be back in a month or so…

Back from the Cutters:
One of our U.S. cutters of distinction continues to produce a few beauties from the rough we send him, though he typically doesn’t have the time to cut for us on a regular basis.  This time, an incredible Mint Merelani Garnet (Grossular) of just under 7cts has recently returned, as well as a 2.42ct elongated emerald cut Montana Sapphire of a blue/green color.  These Mint Merelanis have been incredibly popular due to the brilliance, unique color in the gemstone world, hints of dispersion and prices can be quite high.  One of our friends/associates faceted a very large one back about 15 years ago and it wholesaled at $90,000.  We saw a 3.15ct elongated cushion in Tucson wholesaling at about $1500/ct, which in todays market is very decent price.  We know of a 1.6+ct round in NYC and their retail price is about $2500/ct.  This newly faceted large Mint Merelani is priced to move at the typical  All That Glitters low low price – check it out on our Newly Photographed page or our main Garnet page – note that the Mint Merelani is related to Tsavorite Garnet.



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:  

This Month's Gem News:  

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.