Archive for August, 2008

Gem 2000 at the Columbus Jewelry Show

Monday, August 11th, 2008

The Columbus Jewelry Show is taking place in Columbus, OH on August 23,24.  Come visit us at booth # 909. We have been exhibiting at this show for around 20 years and have been witness to many changes and trends in our industry. As you are all aware, the margins in diamonds have gotten smaller. To combat this, you can offer more value and size in a piece of jewelry by using colored stones. We offer a very wide range of gems in all colors and price per carat to fit every budget and call. We are proud to say that we constantly offer nicer qualities, even in lower price point gems, never sacrificing beauty in the end product, thus adding value to each piece of jewelry sold.

Interesting and unusual items that have been doing well:

– Fancy color Zircons as well as fine blue Zircon. The yellows, cognac, brown, and greens are a nice fancy color diamond look since Zircon has such a high RI. You can definitely achieve a diamond look with this gem. It’s hard to find clean and bright materials in these colors. Our fine cutting and brilliance make them a sure sell.

– A few parcels of fine 5-15ct Kunzite with saturated colors and fine cutting, offering soft pinks that are so popular in today’s colors.

– A few parcels of fine Iolite, the great color of these goods, a reminder of fine Tanzanite.

– A nice range of colors and sizes in Spinel. Being durable, bright and clean, many colors resemble sapphires at a much lower price point.

– Great selection of the peach colored Sapphires including many Padparadschas.

– Couple of larger fine Andalusites, a hard to find item.

– Diamond cut, clean and bright White Sapphires, a great diamond look in a natural stone.

Our sure sellers in a wide selection:

Sapphires: blue, pink, yellow, purple, peach, green, padparadscha. No zoned, cloudy, or lopsided stones in our inventory. Every stone is well cut and bright, giving you maximum life at all sizes and colors. Our rounds are all diamond cut and our selection of pairs is extensive. We also offer many beautiful unheated stones.

Aquamarines: You can compare the color and quality of the stone of your choice as we have a great range to offer you. Softer shades of blue are a sure winner.

Precious Topaz: Golden, peach, sherry, and pink. One of the best inventories around on this hard to find gem. Some nice matched pairs are also available.

Ruby: Beautiful colors at all price points. Life and brilliance of the gem increases as we go up in price. Many great stones to choose from. A few small, uniform parcels for  production at great prices.

Alexandrite: Clarity and color change are what sells this rare gem. We have great Brazilian material with exceptional cutting, and also parcels of small rounds.

Tourmaline: Fine Rubellites, blue greens, mint greens, and Tsavorite green colors in well cut singles and hard to find matched pairs (especially rounds). Also offering a few unusual colors.

Peridot: One of the finest selections in better calibrated material as well as fine larger singles in Arizona, Pakistan, and Burmese material. Many beautiful matched pairs to choose from.

* We cant list everything, so please come by our booth if you are attending the show and let the stones speak for themselves. We’d also be happy to respond to any other requests or inquiries. Let us help you offer fine color to your customers regardless of their budget.

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Often Asked Questions: Blue Sapphires

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Question: In blue sapphires, are lighter or darker colors better?

As you already can tell there is no short answer to this question, so we will start by talking about what blue sapphires are presently available in the market and the range of qualities and colors for each source.

Ceylon or Sri Lanka: This is probably the most asked for and known source for blue sapphires, often referred to by its cornflower blue color. Stones from this source range from pastel blue to fine rich blue. Ceylon blues are more of a pure blue with different amounts of the desirable secondary color of violet. The medium and lighter colors can sometimes come close to colors of tanzanite. You can get some intense pure blue in a medium to medium dark tone that can be very stunning. Some top fine quality Ceylons can come very close to some Kashmir or Burmese materials in color.

Outside Sri Lanka, no other source produces the medium light to light colors that have no unwanted gray overtones. Stones free of inclusions and zoning are hard to find, particularly since inclusions become easier to see in the lighter shades of blue. Clean material and great cutting makes a world of difference to the brilliance and life of these stones.

Thai: These stones are usually a darker shade of navy or inky blue, not the most coveted of colors. They are usually found in commercial mass produced jewelry since large quantities of calibrated goods are readily available. You might have a need for them, replacing missing stones in repairs.

Kanchanaburi or Chantanaburi Materials: When this material became available over a decade ago it became a great choice for an in between color and price point, filling the gap between Ceylon and Thai materials. In general Kancha materials are brighter and better blues than the over dark, more commercial quality of Thai goods. The finer Kanchas come close to medium dark Ceylon colors, offering medium to rich navy blues. In the better qualities, this material is generally less zoned and included than Ceylon goods. Because of this, certain shapes like emerald cuts where both these factors show up more, look particularly nice from this source. At present Kancha material is not readily available and the steadily increased prices don’t really make them much of a bargain compared to Ceylon goods in the better qualities like they used to. The lower qualities have more of a cloudy look to them and gray overtones.

Madagascar: Most of the materials from this source are so close to finer richer Ceylon colors that sometimes they are not differentiated and hard to identify just by looking. What is certain is that, there isn’t any medium and light blue colors from this source and some tastes might find the darker ranges overly dark, though rich looking. Since they are priced the same as Ceylons of comparable color, there isn’t much distinction for this source category.

Burma and Kashmir: This category is reserved more for the collector or the connoisseur, with large finer stones traded at auctions. Their price per carat could go up to 3 to 10 time’s regular fine blue Ceylons. Their pedigree and provenance has to be ascertained by the more advanced testing done by reputable gem labs determining and indicating origin on their certificates. Though usually quite beautiful in color it is their rarity that commands the prices they fetch, with Kashmir’s more than the Burmese.

Montana Sapphires: The U.S. customer is also aware of and might request Montana and Yogo sapphires. There isn’t much availability on these materials especially in larger sizes. Their colors are closest to medium to medium light Ceylons with more of a chance for secondary colors like gray. The finest colors in these are seen in the Yogo sapphires, which are not easily available. So unless someone specifically asks and insists on this source, you have a much better chance of finding and selling a Ceylon stone any day.

Our Selection

We, at Gem 2000, have always carried a wide range of blue sapphires in our inventory. Over the last 20 years the sources of our offerings have varied based on availability and new finds. Blue sapphires have consistently been our biggest seller. Presently, our largest inventory is in the Ceylon material covering a large range of color and price points. Our emphasis and strength in this material, is also largely due to us doing our own cutting at facilities on location. Offering very high standards of cut on all of our sapphires, makes a bottom heavy, off center and zoned native cut blue sapphire an extinct item at Gem 2000.

So, how would one describe the color of a fine blue sapphire? It would be the most intense pure blue with the least secondary color or overtones in medium to medium rich colors. In more scientific terms, high saturation and medium tones indicate higher valued gems. As usual beauty is in the eye of the beholder and each eye sees color differently. So, clarity and cut are the other factors to keep in mind as they help bring life and sparkle to the stone regardless of the color.

Feel free to look at images of our gems to actually experience for yourself the subtle differences of colors available in this popular saleable gem.

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