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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:22 am 
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Here is a pretty (BIG) Kunzite!!! From www.cherrypicked.com

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can you wear it? at 2.75 inches long by 1.94 inches wide, I think not.
but this rich rose pink kunzite with orchid highlights is one of the largest
and finest we will ever come across and will make a splendid display
piece or lively paper weight for your library or office. after seeing some
large items of lesser quality being offered on the internet - one weighing
considerably less with an opening bid price of 1.5 million US dollars - I
thought it would be appropriate to share with our viewers an inside look at
how this merchandise is really appreciated and valued in the
marketplace; $135 per carat is not unreasonable. another fascinating
aspect of the gem is an inclusion we found particularly alluring; suspended
within the gem is a thin tube running perpendicular to the table. spending
many days gazing at this massive wonder did not lessen it’s impact one bit. let this gem grow
on you and make it the crown jewel of your world.


Faceted Brazilian Kunzite
Weight: 888.91 carats
Shape: Cushion
Size: 68.22 x 47.5 x 36.68 mm
Price: $120,002.00
Certificate Type: AGL
Rating 1-5. 5 being the best.
Color Rating 5
Brilliance or Luster 4.2
Clarity 3.2
Cut or Model 3.5
Tone 4.5
Zoning 5
Pedigree 5
Rarity 4.8


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 1:16 pm 
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I love Spinels, especially Red ones! Killer color, nice size. Now all I lack is the funds. :wink:

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Color Description : medium light red Gia Gemset 4/5

Clarity : Slightly included
Image Light Source : Incandescent Light
Shape : Oval
Cut : Step Cut
Length (MM) : 12.30
Width (MM) : 9.10
Depth (MM) : 6.80
Weight (CTS) : 6.13
Enhancement : (N) None
Origin : Mahenge, Tanzania

http://www.multicolour.com/detail/?/det ... 1244716636


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 11:09 am 
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Can't afford that Pariaba you want?

Here is a beautiful Apatite, the only draw back is its softness, five on the mohs scale, I believe. Still nice for a pendent!

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Weight:1 pc. - 19.18 cts. Size: 21.8 x 15.0 x 9.2 mm
Shape: Oval Cut: Portuguese
Clarity: Slightly Included Enhancement: Heated
Type: Apatite Origin: Madagascar
Lot #: APA-00297 Stone Price: $1,220.
www.ajsgems.com

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"An Outstanding Apatite looks like a Paraiba Tourmaline that would sell for $20,000.00 per carat. A Brilliant Gemstone with full luster, no windows and a fully saturated vivid blue color. Apatite of this color and this size are becoming increasingly rare and valuable. Stone looks much better than the picture. Sure to impress the new owner of this gem. This is a Beautiful Gem. Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed AJS Gems Bangkok."


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 1:04 pm 
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Here is a rare stone in a large round.

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2.08 ct. Benitoite: 8.3mm Round Brilliant.
Fine medium/dark blue color with very slight inclusion.
$2,500 per ct. = $5,200.00

http://wsfgems.com/benito.html


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Not sure how to link to a specific listing from Swala... just try the Tsavorites :o

http://www.swalagemtraders.com/aboutus.html


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valeria102 wrote:
Not sure how to link to a specific listing from Swala... just try the Tsavorites :o

http://www.swalagemtraders.com/aboutus.html


Cool site Valeria, & yes they have good prices!

I thought I'd put up that huge Tsavorite for people to see.

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Reference number: 1753
Description:
Is possibly the largest in the world. Extraordinary.

Variety: Tsavorite Garnet

Origin: Tanzania

Weight: 137.3 cts

Shape: Oval

Enhancements: None

Clarity: Very slightly included

Price: please, contact us.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 11:08 am 
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Don't know if this stone is acually as orangish red as it looks, but if it is, it is a very nice Zircon in a color I don't see to often.

Atractive price to.

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A Stunning Beauty!!
Exceptionally Beautiful Gem
Rare! Ideal Gem for your collection
Suitable for Gemological Institutions
& Gem Museums, Large Sizes are Rare
Will make a Gorgeous Pendent accented with Diamonds
Color - Orangish Red enhances to Incandescent Light
Highly Lustrous, Transparent
Treatment - None, Origin - Sri Lanka.
See Certificate. Carats : 11.64
Shape : Cushion
Size : 12.64x10.07 mm
Clarity : VC
Location : Colombo Price : $490.00

Go to this link & scroll down, then click on pictures for more images.

http://www.crescentlapidary.com/eshop/f ... &lo=&ca=35


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Is it a Sapphire?

Is it a Tanzanite?

No, a beautiful Cobalt blue Spinel!

Size & price unknown.

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http://www.palagems.com/spinel_ball.htm#spinelquality


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I would have sworn it was Tanzanite from the image. Nice.


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That blue spinel is amazing. Does anybody have any links to any other really nice blue spinels? Or any pictures you would care to share?

The reason I ask is I have two natural blue spinels of very nice color. I am trying to understand were mine would fall quality wise compared to what's out there.


Thanks in advance Doug



P. S. Red spinel thanks for all the nice pics.


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Re: reddish zircon - yes, Cresla keeps bringing in nice things. Check their so called 'color change tourmaline' - the strongly trichroic 'sunset'. There are a couple of 3-5cts pieces that might make nice preforms for a recut.

Re: blue spinel... Heh, I wish I knew. How much fine blue spinel is there anyway? Online (and off, this time), only knew a couple - one on 'Concavegems' (the rectangle), a couple at Pala (really - two or three small ones) and... perhaps a handful more, but would need to look out. In person, I've never just found a fine blue spinel - it looks like these guys only appear if you beat the grass on purpose. I have the bad habit of calling fine blue spinel those that stand by fine sapphire, simply because such oddities happen to exist rare as they are.

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Here's another IDEA. One of the dark kind - big enough to be a step above, IMO... which justifies the tag for me in this size. Below 5 cts, I wonder if the matter is anywhere similar (guess not). It is somewhat sad that the grayish spinels don't get better press, after all, muted 'natural' colors are forever fashionable, only not for gems!

You may find a couple more refs where THIS comes from. Isn't it close to yours? Not sure why they call this color 'greenish blue' but it defines blue spinel for me like nothing else ('Prussian blue', I guess).

Some thoughts...


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Thanks for the replies on the blue spinel & red zircon!

Valeria102, I went to your link for the blue spinel (not bad!) & found this tourmaline there for my gem of the day. Quite the stone if its actually the color or close to the image. I thought it would be interesting in light of recent talk here about Paraiba colored tourmaline with out copper.

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New Find! Surreal Color Afghanistan Tourmaline 12.73 ct GLI
Origin: Afghanistan

Price: $3800.00

Weight: 12.73 carats!

Size: 21 x 9.5 mm

Clarity: Slight non distracting inclusions visible under careful inspection. A beautiful glowing GEM!

Cut: USA cut scissors style emerald shape. Beautiful cut NO window!

Color: Glowing neon slightly bluish green! Perfect tone and a truly rare and beautiful color!

Treatment: None guaranteed natural color!

Note: This Tourmaline is from a small new find in Afghanistan. We have been able to procure nearly all the rough from this find!
The color is absolutely incredible and unseen on the market! You wont see anything like it on eBay or elsewhere. Most sellers on eBay would blazon the word Paraiba in the title and description.

If you have ever wanted to own a unique and world class Indicolite Tourmaline this is it and... considering the beauty and rarity, the asking price is excellent!

Tired of buying so called Paraiba Tourmaline on eBay just to be disappointed when the package arrives? You will not be disappointed in the quality of this gem!

This wonderful GEM quality Tourmaline is brought to you direct from Afghanistan by Gem Line. Your source for rare and beautiful gemstones!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... mot_widget

Here is a link to a smaller stone:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... mot_widget

Whats your favorite stone today?


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red spinel wrote:

Whats your favorite stone today?


Funny how that Afghan tourmaline competes for about the same budget with a 1-and-something carat true Paraiba with a handful of inclusions. Clearly there is a bit of difference in color intensity, but for someone intent on wearing either in jewelry aside stashing them for fun, it makes an uneasy comparison!

My favorites are phenomenal stones (cats eye, stars...) and have a soft spot of agate. If there was a day's favorite, it would be a white star or cats eye something (been impressed by a large cat's eye pinkish-white scapolite earlier this year, unbelievable clear and strong eye, unexpected material.. what more to ask for?). Perfect winter bauble, as far as I am concerned. White star sapphire looks terribly elusive. Anything interesting of the sort you might know of?


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Nice big Peridot from www.multicolour.com

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Reference # : YPE191bb
Color Description : medium dark strongly yellowish green GIA Gemset 6/5

Clarity : Slightly included
Image Light Source : Cool Daylight
Shape : Cushion
Cut : Portuguese
Length (MM) : 28.30
Width (MM) : 21.10
Depth (MM) : 16.20
Weight (CTS) : 74.06
Enhancement : (N) None
Origin : Burma



Please note that price and description for 1 pce and you can only buy 1 piece.

OUR PRICE USD 6295.10


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Here is smething that is a true rarity. A deep blue Diamond! From www.cherrypicked.com. This Diamond is their cherry of the week.

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Faceted Natural Fancy Deep Blue Colored Diamond
Weight: .61 carats
Shape: heartshape
Size: 5.16 x 5.2 x 2.94 mm
Price: $109,115.00
Certificate Type: GIA


Color Rating 4.5


Brilliance or Luster 4.3


Clarity 4


Cut or Model 4


Tone 3.8


Zoning 4.8


Pedigree 5


Rarity 4.8


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