Posts Tagged ‘color gemstones’

Spinel Ascending

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Spinel Ascending


A trend strengthening over the last two years: young couples getting engaged truly wish to have something unique and different from everyone else. This desire translates to wanting a color stone over a diamond as their engagement ring. When choosing a colored gem for bridal wear, durability becomes very important and we recommend that it be no lower than 8 on the Moh’s scale, as it will be worn everyday and softer stones easily abrade over time. Following Corundum, Spinel offers the best range of colors to choose from. Also, just last month, Spinel was announced as an alternative August birthstone!

Stop by our website for our beautiful offering fine gem Spinels!

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Merelani Mint Garnet

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Merelani Mint Garnet

Beautiful and lively mint green grossular garnets have been coming out of the Tanzanian mining area of Merelani for many years now, but not everyone realizes how challenging a task it is to find clean saturated stones , especially in larger sizes. As with its more saturated sibling Tsavorite, clean stones above 1 – 2 carats are very rare, particularly in nicely saturated mint colors; a great value compared to Tsavorites of the same size.

Untreated and natural with a Mohs hardness of 7.5, Mint Garnet is perfect for any type of jewelry, and will radiate its cool and refreshing mint green color forever. Perfect for todays trends of light and bright colored gemstone designs.

Visit our website to find one of these lively gems for yourself!

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“Preferred Shades” in Color Gemstones

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014


“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”

This saying reminds us that personal taste ultimately determines this preference. That being said, there are different market prices for specific shades of colors based on availability and current market demands. At any given time, there is a general market consensus on what are the most preferred or desired shades of color worldwide closely linked to rarity;

Here are some general pointers to help you pick these shades of color:

  • Learn to distinguish the type of secondary colors present in the stone you are looking at, in order to determine if they are desirable ones.
  • Grays and browns are secondary colors to avoid in most gemstones, signaling de-saturated colors i.e.; think of spinels where finding vivid pure colors are difficult.
  • Pure, vivid colors are the most desired, whether in lighter or darker shades. How pure or vivid the pink or blue in the sapphire is, has the most effect on the stone’s visual appeal and price.
  • Some secondary colors are very acceptable and actually indicate origin of gemstone i.e.: violet blue in Ceylon Sapphire, pinkish red in Burma Ruby, and the different proportion of yellow or blue found in the green of Emerald, indicating Zambian or Colombian.
  • It always helps to have a master stone for comparison purposes. It is very difficult to remember color, even for seasoned buyers.
  • Gemstones with lighter body colors, like aquamarine or tanzanite are very hard to find in saturated (rich) colors, specifically in smaller sizes. For example, it would be extremely rare to find the color of a 10-carat fine tanzanite in a 1-carat stone.
  • Stay away from over dark colors as it becomes very hard to see the vibrancy of the gem. Determining the difference between rich fine color and over dark colors, is best mastered by observing many gems and constantly training your eye.
  • Be mindful of the tradeoff between saturation of color and life of the stone. These decisions can amount to thousands of dollars when looking at Rubies, Emeralds and Sapphire. You have to decide on the best combination of factors you wish present in the stone at any given price point, since the sky is the limit when it comes to perfection.
  • Each species of gem has its own specific range of colors it comes in. The more gems you look at, the more your eye will get trained to pick up on these nuances of color. Take advantage of trade shows to familiarize yourself with these ranges.
  • Light and bright is really in demand right now and vivid, neony, minty colors have a lot of appeal in current color pallets. These colors are found in Aquamarine, Afghan Tourmaline, Merelani Mint Garnet, Mahenge Spinels, Kunzite, Morganite, Chrysoberyl and more…
  • Of course, the term fancy color can get attached to many varieties of gemstones to indicate unusual shades of colors. You can pick up some good deals in this category if you have a good sense of design, color combining and offering unique and one of a kind items. You still want to make sure these gems are clean, well cut and bright.

Feel free to use our great website to browse through and familiarize yourself and your sales staff with available choices of fine color. Our website is a fantastic tool that enables your staff to make well-informed color recommendations. This education allows you to reach a large untapped market; people who love color!

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Exciting Selections

Monday, March 24th, 2014


Our love and appreciation for fine color has led us to carry one of the most diverse inventories of color gemstones, constantly changing and evolving. Taking a quick mental snapshot of what we carry at present, these are a few areas we are particularly strong in:

Unheated Sapphires:
Great clarity and cut in better colors of blue in much requested smaller sizes up to larger single stones. This also includes yellows and pink Sapphires.


Blue and Fancy Color Sapphires:
Despite the ongoing scarcity of supply and increasing prices at the source, we continue to have an extensive inventory of fine blues, many excellent matched pairs, as well as yellows, pinks, purples, peaches and other shades of color.


Chrome Tourmaline:Chrome
We are excited about our recent purchase of a few larger chromes, which are very hard to find in better colors.

Great selection of top color stones in very salable sizes, super clean, well cut and bright with many matched pairs.


Zircon, Blue and Fancy:
Fine saturated blues in very well cut stones up to larger sizes, many excellent matched pairs. A huge range of size and shades of color in green, honey, brown, rose and yellow Zircons, excellent selection.


Of course, these are only some of the types of gemstones we carry. Feel free to browse our website, which also offers a very useful search option to help you fill your requests.




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Opals Are Making A Comeback

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013


The AGTA Spectrum jewelry competition just celebrated their 30th anniversary. The amazing range of entries each year give a clear indication of what is at the forefront of fashion and style, establishing trends and setting the tone for the year to come. This year’s selection included a beautiful range of pieces many featuring Opals as their main gemstone, including many varied combinations of other complimentary colored gems. A more playful approach was present in the designs, which highlighted the unique multicolored nature of opals.

We always recommend pulling out the blue, green and yellow’s present in most opals with bright Tsavorite and Sapphires. Rich, vivid and bright gemstones like that truly complement the existing colors present in finer Opals.

Majestic Black Opals, fiery Crystal Opals and lava orange Mexican Fire Opals, multicolored flashy Ethiopian Opals are all wonderful points of inspiration in themselves, an amazing nature’s painter’s palette. Add a few accent stones and a beautiful frame of precious metal and presto! You have a masterpiece to offer your color loving audience. Check out our website for our beautiful offering of Opals and other gems.

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Gem Cushion Ceylon Blue Sapphire

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Exhibiting optimum color, this gorgeous intense vivid rich blue Ceylon Sapphire is truly a rare find. It is exceptionally clean and well cut with an excellent face up and outline showing it to be at least one carat larger than its weight. It is a stone you will choose to keep for yourself or a loved one, truly the pick of the crop. Super hard to replace, you may still choose to sell it to your most discerning customer.

Item# 1107 –  5.07 ct –  11.1 x 8.6 mm

Stones in these sizes and qualities are becoming more scarce and gaining value as we speak. You cannot go wrong by acquiring this beauty.

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The Smart Show Chicago 2012

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

This year the Smart Show in Chicago has moved it’s date to later ones in April, that is April 21 – April 23. All this means is better weather in Chicago for all of us! allowing us to better enjoy this vibrant, beautiful city and all the great things it has to offer its many visitors.

Over the past few years, the Smart Show has been able to establish itself as an important regional show, drawing buyers from all over the country, well outside just driving distances. It draws an impressive list of vendors nothing short of other major industry shows. The AGTA also has a dedicated pavilion offering an assortment of colored stones and pearls, allowing for confident buying from reputable sources, easy to reach throughout the year.

We have been very busy getting an amazing selection of color gemstonesready for this show. The huge range of materials and price points allows for great value buying at any budget. Our show volume discount program is a great way of saving big, allowing you to cross all your “must have” items off your gemstone list, at one stop.

Having just had a great show in Tucson 2012, we are expecting a very good turnout of buyers, ready to replenish their dwindling store stock, in response to the pent up demand of the returning customers this year.

So, come by and visit us at the show!

Photo by Trey Ratliff

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Fine Oval Alexandrite

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011


Exhibiting a great color change, this well cut, clean and bright fine Brazilian natural Alexandrite has excellent face up dimensions for its weight. Visually it looks more like a 2+ carat gem.

Item # 3503
8.87 x 6.15 x 4.15 mm – Oval – 1.67 ct

Alexandrites are very rare gems and the finer material highly sought after. Suitable for both women’s and men’s jewelry, with an established prestige and following, this beautiful oval Alexandrite is also a great buy.

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Some New Materials

Friday, March 4th, 2011

We have acquired a limited supply of beautiful open colors of blue green and mint green Tourmaline from Africa and Afghanistan, often referred to as sea foam or mint green, beautifully cut, with many matched pairs in the selection. Also a few very clean well cut pieces of soft pink Tourmaline that is so hard to find, when one wishes to duplicate the delicate larger pink diamond look.

We also have a couple of perfectly calibrated clean and bright parcels of Mexican Fire Opal, ideal for multiple accent use in a statement piece.

We have also been able to add to our great selection of beautiful blue and fancy color sapphires, despite the huge increases in price happening at the source level.

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Which Colors to Stock

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

There is always an “In” color of the year. Enjoy reading this article published in ePrism by AGTA.

“Reddish Pink” has been the color chosen to represent 2011.

reddish pink gemstones 2011

That whole family of hues, looking at our inventory, can be found mostly in Kunzite, Tourmalines, Morganite, Spinels, Rhodolite Garnets, Sapphires and Precious Topaz.

Blue and Green gems are consistent and basic sellers, a true must have. Our family of blues include Aquamarines, Tourmalines, Sapphires, Iolite, Blue Zircons, and Tanzanite.

In the green family we offer Emerald, Tourmaline, Tsavorite, Chrome Tourmaline, Peridot and Green Zircon.


We also offer a great range of earth tone colors in our Zircons ranging from honey to coffee.


Take a look online or at our booth in the AGTA GemFair Pavilion in Tucson at what we offer and make sure you are ready to sell the savvy and fashion conscious customer who walks into your store.

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