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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:37 pm 
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Check out these small but beautiful spinel crystals:

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really beautiful, im sure they could be set as they are, no cutting needed, they look that sweet.

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These look tumbled to me. The ones I've purchased had much more defined edges. And yes, they can certainly be set as is.

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those are really pretty, love that intense red color!!

a fellow GO member,ahmed of finegemsonline,has some nice burmese red spinel crystals, and other colors, too.


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allen wrote:
These look tumbled to me. The ones I've purchased had much more defined edges. And yes, they can certainly be set as is.

Being from sri lanka wouldn't they be from alluvial deposits so would have some natural tumbling done to them?

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They were $10 a carat in tucson.. same guy from france sells them every year on the frontage road same spot. They look a little tumbled but also some faces are clear. I found they were fairly included, looks like average .5 carat per. I like them, color is stop light red.. just what you want..

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Wow, you have got to be kidding on the price!

A few years ago I was in Kashmir, India and a fellow offered me about a kilo of little spinel crystals about this size, colour and shape... for $150! I turned him down as I had absolutely no idea what to do with them, but they were beautiful. He told me they came from Burma.

I kind of wish I'd bought them now!

However I did come back with a handful of tourmaline pencils 5-8 carats each for a total of $5 which I'm still smiling about.

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In Burmese Spinel they often are sharp edged but some definitely appear water worn, I would suspect naturally. I have sold many to wire wrap artist that use them as is. I was stunned by some pictures of their work with wire and such small stones. I am a smith and I still don't use them due to the size.
Prices vary dramatically especially on quantity. $150 a kilo (5000 carats) is cheap on pretty reds, $10 a carat may be high though. Best regards, Lee

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Now would be a good time to suggest (again) that we have a thread like Stone of the Day but featuring terminated crystals. :)

http://gemologyonline.com/Forum/phpBB2/ ... php?t=1428


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:D great idea, n00b!! fixin' to cruise that way!!


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