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Old 05-18-2014, 10:11 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I'm gonna go with the blue ones are benidoite (sp?), I really want to get my hand on some of those, because they glow under black light
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Old 05-18-2014, 10:33 PM   #27 (permalink)
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^^^^^^^Thats a solid guess. Im going to go with another blue - Spinel. And possibly Alexandrite in another image which can be very expensive.
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Old 05-19-2014, 11:41 AM   #28 (permalink)
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OK, here we go!

1. Blended Ametrine

2. Green Amethyst (Prasiolite)

3. Split Ametrine

4. Ceylong Sapphire (Most sapphires you see are opaque black stones, this is highly crystalline)

5. Pure red Spessartite Garnet (True Red Garnet, no cinnamon color)

6. These two gave everyone trouble. Not Sapphire, not blue Garnet or tourmaline. Iolite, but in high Gem quality. Both purple and blue coming through. People wear instead of Tanzanite.

7. This was a tough one as well. Honey Yellow Zircon (Nothing to do with Zirconia, fugazi diamond. Zircon is 100 percent natural).

8. Someone said Tourmaline, yes indeed. A Rare Paraiba hue neon Tourmaline. Exhibits both Blue and Green properties.

9. This is a trio of matched Oval Chrome Diopside. Some refer to it as the Siberian emerald. If you do not own this, own it. Now this stone gets darker and nearly black in larger stones. So the smaller half to full carat show best color and saturation and flash.

10. So this is a match pair of Mandarin orange Garnet, like a slice of Mandarin orange. The technical name is Spessartite Garnet. Yes same as Red up there but in a really desirable color.

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My daughters birthstone is Tourmaline and that stone you have looks awesome. I have a few small pinks , one olive green and one bi color watermellon. Iolite is a nice one I didnt think about and I thought garnet was just too easy on the red.

I did get ametrine, and tourmaline by guess but called your manderin garnets sapphires. It makes it an interesting topic that looks can be deceiving as I even shouted out ruby and diamond. Thanks! That was fun.

Ive read into diopsides...and the chrome looks very flashy in picture
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So she is an October baby. I am as well, have it in my high school class ring. Yeah the Red Garnet is special as most Garnets you see in stores has a brown red or cinnamon look. This is a pure red color, I have several of these. Yeah, the Tourmaline with blue green color is awesome, one of my favorites. I thought it would be fun, and you did get some which is great. The chrome diopside is such a pure Green. I have a lot of Tourmaline, its a gem that can be found in the United States. But some of these African and Asian countries have the best stuff, so rich in materials. Thanks everyone for participation. Lets get a Gem section or sub forum!

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Wow i would've never guessed and i think Tourmaline is my favorite gemstone. I have quite a few in the rough including some watermelon ones. I don't think they are close to cut worthy but still nice to look at (to me at least), maybe i can get some pics up of those
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Wow i would've never guessed and i think Tourmaline is my favorite gemstone. I have quite a few in the rough including some watermelon ones. I don't think they are close to cut worthy but still nice to look at (to me at least), maybe i can get some pics up of those
Watermelon Tourmaline in the rough is some of my favorite specimens!

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Watermelon Tourmaline in the rough is some of my favorite specimens!

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Tourmaline is unique in several forms. I have some basics like amethyst and topaz in the rough but not anything as unique as tourmaline...I glanced online for a paraiba tourmaline stone when you confirmed the image. Those are quite rare and the prices reflect it!

Gotta love October birthdays...my daughter was born 10/20/12, our 3rd child is due 10-18-14! As for my June stone, I get a choice. Pearl or Alexandrite. If natural alexandrite wasnt so rare in good color changing form and expensive, Id love some pieces

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Wow i would've never guessed and i think Tourmaline is my favorite gemstone. I have quite a few in the rough including some watermelon ones. I don't think they are close to cut worthy but still nice to look at (to me at least), maybe i can get some pics up of those
Id love to see some of those rough forms you have if you get around to snapping pics.
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Anyone wanna see something really cool .

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Umm....of course. That's where this was headed. Show it off as I dont have near the collection!
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This is a fancy competition cut, bi color Quartz. Half Smokey and half Lemon.

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Wow thats a gem man! Huge a nice cut/color...what is that thing, 20ct+?
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I have a small collection of things like bismuth, tourmaline, pyrite, onyx, topaz, rose quartz....heck I have a basket of things. I mostly collect what catches my eye.
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I have a small collection of things like bismuth, tourmaline, pyrite, onyx, topaz, rose quartz....heck I have a basket of things. I mostly collect what catches my eye.
Awesome! Then its not just 2 of us on here...haha. now we are up to 3!

Got any pictures of your favorite stuff? Its been a fun show and tell!
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Why yes, I am a rock star. I was once an IGIT - idiot geologist in training

I don't see much value in the melee. Probably $12-15 worth of diamond and a WHOLE LOT for the card.
http://www.providentmetals.com/quart...-5-points.html

Gemstones are likely the highest marked up commodity on the planet. DeBeers was THE marketer of all time.

The gems to own (though you are talking $10 million+) are those with a name and provenance. Gems are cyclical like a fad. 20 years ago if your diamond was not clear it wasn't wanted. Now hollywood and rappers have made colored diamonds vogue. These were considered subpar not that long ago.

Lab created are indistinguishable without a device to measure refractive index. The average consumer doesn't have one of these. A gem's value directly relates to the 'look at me factor.' So if you want to invest you really need to follow the trends of fashion. In terms of availability, diamonds are not rare, though those who sell them would like you to think so.
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Since colored diamonds were not desired awhile back and virtually every jewelry shop has them now, does that mean those that invested in yellow-brown 20-30 years ago would be able to make money in todays trend? Or were these not even available often at a wholesale level? Also...colored diamonds in yellow-brown/black hues still seem to cost much less than colorless, but some rare forms such as natural pink and blue diamonds cost a fortune. Is spending 10mil on a rare stone (assumingly bought at auction) really an investment at all?

I dont see any potential in the stones I purchase being resold for profit one day. Now if we have a topaz or aquamarine shortage and the world is just bedazzled by those in a few decades, I may be able to cash in (ha).

Rather than "invest", I think the stones are very unique in a novelty sense. My wife approves however Im yet to put any in jewelry for her, Id like to. I looked up that tool...thats pretty expensive so I understand why many wouldnt have one. Itd be invaluable if buying for resale.
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There is also the process of rhodium plating around the colored diamonds. You watch the Levian chocolate diamonds. The metal around the stones is rhodium plated in a chocolate or brown color so the stones show off more color. Same with Blue diamond pieces. They plate the prongs and metal surrounding the blue stones in a blue plating. Most smaller colored diamonds are irradiated which brings out the color. But If you had them against a silver or gold color they would not appear gem enough but the rhodium allows for a bolder appearance. Now natural candlelight, champagne diamonds were readily available at a discount, now they are fancies. Natural Red, Blue, Pink or canary diamonds are super rare and fetch huge monies. However they must grade as natural, untreated FANCY diamond. That word is the money multiplier you want. Now for someone wanting to make a chocolate piece for their wives. Use a smokey quartz in yellow gold, its a nice substitute and is fairly cheap and readily available.

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