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Rarest Engagement Gems

Padparadscha Sapphire, GIA Certified, Natural GIA Certified Diamonds, 18k Pink Topaz, to be mounted. No treatment, very rare. Most topaz is irradiated to get this color. Ready to mount. Brazil. Teaberry Pink (also known as Imperial Pink) Malaya Garnet. Very Rare, ready to mount. One of the rarest garnets on earth. Hard enough for everyday … Continue reading Rarest Engagement Gems

Intense, Apple-Green Garnet, Our Rarest!

Though we deal with some of the rarest garnets on earth few compare to this Siberian gem, which is rare, on so many levels. Hydrogrossular Garnet is one of the rarest gems on earth. It is almost always opaque and on rare occasion translucent. Then there is the rarest clarity in hydrogrossular garnet which is … Continue reading Intense, Apple-Green Garnet, Our Rarest!

Contracting Your Own Jewelry Saves $$$$

Choosing and Buying Your Dream Gem  One of the biggest ways jewelry stores make money is buying gems from a wholesale broker and then marking them up double or more.  If the average gem changes hands 9 times before it reaches the, jeweler when is the stone best obtained?  Answer: As close to the mine … Continue reading Contracting Your Own Jewelry Saves $$$$

What Is Rubellite and Why Is It So Expensive?

Buying rubellite tourmaline is a lot like buying fine emeralds, it is best to know and trust the seller. Nothing beats a GIA certification with origin for rubellite.

The Rarest Topaz, Russian Green

In mid 2018 Ezekiel (Zeke) Loftin purchased one of the rarest topaz on the planet. A flawless 80.90 carat, dichroic, Russian Imperial Green topaz, cut from rough discovered in the Old Imperial Mines of Russia. (above – The dichroic gem changes color, golden green in sun/candle light and a mint green in standard indoor light or … Continue reading The Rarest Topaz, Russian Green

A Blue Gem, Rarer Than Sapphire is Blowing Up!

High Quality, Blue Spinel rough is running low in Sri Lanka due to increased demand for one of the rarest blue gems on earth. Supplies of the quality rough gem cutters need to supply the jewelry trade is almost exhausted due to recent surges in demand for the once untreatable gem.  A gem that is … Continue reading A Blue Gem, Rarer Than Sapphire is Blowing Up!
How I Curated Chateau Peridot

How I Curated Chateau Peridot

My first fascination with rocks cane from my aunt Sharon who was a geologist for the US government. She would take me all around in search of plowed fields and riverbeds looking for arrowheads and quartz. Then I discovered a meteorite and the fascination in my young mind was unleashed.   I have always collected … Continue reading How I Curated Chateau Peridot

Peridot

Shopping for peridot is a lot more complicated than one might think. First, you need to know that color, clarity, cut, size and origin effect the value of the gem you are buying. The finest peridot comes from Burma, Pakistan and Arizona and each have unique attributes.   If you want vivid, deep green peridot … Continue reading Peridot

How To Buy and Mount Loose Gems.

Buying loose gems is a crap shoot. TV gem sellers promote them like used cars jacking the price up and then lowering it to make you think you are getting a good deal, but are you? Why in the world would they claim a gem is 25,000.00 a carat and then magically sell it to … Continue reading How To Buy and Mount Loose Gems.
Chateau Peridot

Chateau Peridot

Chateau Peridot is More Than a Name. It Is Our Home Our French Second Empire home has been lovingly restored. Built in 1875, it was wedding gift...