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October 3, 2016
September has gone by in a flash. My travel season is in full swing including a quick trip to the September Hong Kong show. Click on “Hong Kong 2016” to see a short YouTube video of the hustle and bustle of one of the world’s biggest cities and Asia World Expo (AWE), one of the largest gem shows held worldwide. As always, it was great to see old friends as well as making a few new ones.
Lots of new and exciting things were acquired during the show from sapphire to tourmaline, tsavorite and malaya garnet, both rough and cut, as well as aquamarine, spinel, and a fair quantity of highly dispersive sphene matched pairs. A large parcel of translucent chrysoprase from Queensland, Australia was also purchased which should yield high quality cabs in various shapes and sizes.
Have you heard that spinel has been announced as one of the birthstones for August? Blue sapphire in diamond cut melee, matched pairs, and single stones are doing quite well along with the latest batch of custom cut gems including Maine tourmalines, malaya garnets, amethysts, aquamarines, and spinels. Pantone’s colors of the year are Rose Quartz and Serenity, a pastel pink and blue that work well together. Think morganite, rose quartz, tourmaline, sapphire, aquamarine to name a few.
GIA has published a couple of very good articles on colored stones. The first is on Montana sapphire and the second, is on the route that colored stones make from mine to market. Both are very informative and well worth the read. The Montana sapphire article also has a great video of a few of the active localities of this American gem.
For the better part of the last couple of years, I have been writing an article on a different rare stone for GemWorld International's publication, the Gem Guide. To date, there have been articles on danburite, rhodochrosite, sphene, hauyne, sphalerite, vesuvianite, tugtupite, benitoite, fluorite, apatite, prehnite, diopside, andalusite and most recently taaffeite. The Guide is a fantastic resource for pricing, appraising, as well as market conditions. If you don't already subscribe, I would highly recommend it.
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Left : Citrine from Brazil weighing 19.88 ct., custom cut square brilliant.
Center: AGTA GemFair Las Vegas 2014, Booth #740
Right: Amethyst from Uruguay weighing 12.95 ct, custom cut brilliant hexagon.