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'Quartz' may sound mundane, but beware!

Amethyst, citrine, rutilated quartz, lemonquartz, rock crystal, rose quartz, tiger’s eye, chalcedony, aventurine and many more are.... 

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untreated natural rutile red in colorless single cabochon called strawberry quartz
Price:
$975.00
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9.43 Carat
Colorless with Orange-Red Needles
Transparent

oval Rwandan amethyst unheated and natural in good cutting and finest natural color
Price:
$1,400.00
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2.64 Carat
Deepest Purple
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

amethyst unheated and natural in carved shell form over six carat
Price:
$1,450.00
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6.83 Carat
Deepest Purple-Violet
Medium Dark 80
Lightly Included

blue sheen in round bullet cabochon colorless moonstone untreated natural from Sri Lanka
Price:
$880.00
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4.40 Carat
Violet Purple
Medium Dark 60
Lightly Included

untreated natural rutile yellow colorless single cabochon near 20 carats
Price:
$880.00
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16.88 Carat
Colorless with Yellow Needles
Transparent

pink round brilliant from Ceylon, unheated and natural in near 7mm
Reg. Price:
$1,190.00
Sale Price:
$900.00
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$290.00
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5.96 Carat
Deep Violet Purple
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

yellow needles in quartz rutilated
25.73 Carat (sold)
Hay Yellow Needles
In Colorless
pair deep purple amethyst blue-purple unheated for a pair of earrings

1.31 Carat (sold)
Deepest Purple
Medium Dark 75
Free of Inclusions

citrine inclusions or treatments in emerald cut and IGI report
Price:
$1,600.00
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6.28 Carat
Bi-Colored Orange Yellow
Light 20 -50
Free of Inclusions

trillion Brazil amethyst unheated and natural in near 20x20mm
Price:
$2,800.00
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20.72 Carat
Lively Pure Purple
Medium 55
Free of Inclusions

khaki beige epidote without inclusions or treatments emerald cut IGI report ioncluded
Price:
$900.00
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14.96 Carat
Bi-Colored
Light 33
Free of Inclusions

untreated white sandy colored jasper in pear shape over 20 carats
Price:
$550.00
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22.25 Carat
Ivory-Ochre-Black
Light 33

Opaque

trillion Brazil amethyst unheated and natural in near 20x20mm
Price:
$950.00
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9.50 Carat
Deep Violet-Purple
Medium Dark 70
Free of Inclusions

cushion Uruguay amethyst unheated and natural in precision cut
Price:
$950.00
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1.36 Carat
Sparkly Violet Purple
Medium Dark 60
Very Lightly Included

untreated neon blue-green chrysoprase in pear cut-to-match
Price:
$750.00
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0.84 Carat
Neon Bluish Green
Transclucent
Free of Inclusions

untreated red brown orange agate from Mexico

4.57 Carat (hold)
Orange Red Brown
Opaque
Free of Inclusions

matching pair of certified aquamarines with cabochon cut
Price:
$590.00
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5.25 Carat
Golden Ray
Opaque Fibrous
Free of Inclusions

three carat amethyst unheated from Brazil
Price:
$990.00
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3.56 Carat
Mild Reddish Purple
Medium 55
Free of Inclusions

untreated quartz with rutile inclusions

1.97 Carat (sold)
Hay Yellow
Visibly Included

 

'Quartz' may sound mundane, but beware! 

Amethyst, citrine, rutilated quartz, lemon quartz, rock crystal, rose quartz, tiger’s eye, chalcedony, aventurine and many more are proud members of this giant gem clan. I dare say that many a collector’s young passion was started by a rough amethyst crystal found on holiday or bought for a few pocket dollars in a souvenir shop. It must be held responsible for a lifetime of ruinous overspending and obsessive gem-website checking with clearly addictive tendencies.

I found a roundish fist-sized rock in the Greek mountains of Rhodes when I was only six or seven years old. It had caught my attention for its faulty weight and strange sound. It seemed hollow. When my father cracked it open, revealing a set of purple amethyst crystals inside, ah!, my life was changed forever.

Beware! The mundane quartz: it swallows the children whole!

Perhaps the most abundant mineral of all, quartz is in the sand we walk on barefoot holidays and it is mixed into the walls that lock us into endless office meetings. Only in some extremely rare cases do we encounter quartz as fascinating natural beauties, in the shape of lucid white crystals, or grape colored purple gems.

This miracle, the abundance on the one side versus the exceptional rare beauty on the other side, is not at all limited to quartz. In fact, it is true for almost every gem-variety: the overwhelming majority of the natural occurring 'gem-material' is simply of too poor a quality to be called a gem.

Many newcomers don’t understand this easily, hence allow me an excursion:

A kilo of rough ruby can be bought on ebay for a hundred bucks. It is reddish, it is aluminum oxide with a hardness of 9 of the mohs' scale, and checks all other attributes, yet there is not a single gem-quality ruby in the kilo. There might be some cabochon quality amongst the rocks but finding and cutting it out barely justifies the cost.

Every aspiring gem professional should at one time dig through kilos of rough gems without finding a single piece worth cutting. This experience, especially when the rough was mined in days of back-breaking labor under a merciless scorching sun and nightly the attack of chicken-sized mosquitos, this experience teaches respect for the one rare piece of rough that is big enough and clean enough and colored enough to be facetted into a gem.

Here hidden, you also have the answer as to why so many terribly ugly gems, in poop-shapes, with gaping windows, full of nasty inclusions etc, are flooding the market every day: Because good gems are just so rare that every rough with even the remotest chance to be turned into a gemstone, is facetted or at least polished. Once it is processed, it has an owner, and may it be as tasty as a can of worms, this owner will still sell it. Dirt cheap perhaps, but sell it he will, increasing the competition around the one rare quality gem.

Earth practically consists of gem-material, you may say ‘earth is a gem’ in one form or another, but only very rarely does it present itself as a tiny piece of transparent orange-pink aluminum oxide that can be called a padparadscha sapphire.

After you've gone through this experience of extreme rarity (as I did, you may have guessed) one comes to value a top quality natural gem for what it really is: A miracle of nature that deserves our respect and awe, a tangible sign that God is with us, that somehow this earth, this life makes sense.

Now, in the case of corundum aka sapphire, if you seal the kilos of rough under a vacuum and heat them to melting point for days, you may find that a few, but only a few, (they are still rare) of the former useless pebbles have cleared and show some color, again increasing the competition around the one natural quality gem. Now we have perhaps quadrupled the number of gems on offer.

Thus, if you stroll down Bangkok's Sukumhvit road (the heart of the world’s colored gem trade) you may come to the conclusion that gems are in abundant supply, but you err. A third of what you see, is man-made stuff, another third does not deserve to be called a gem in its appalling quality, and the final third consists of 95% treated gems, which to a varying degree may be still be called still ‘real gems’, like those with low heat or certain protective treatments.

Only then, after two thirds of rubbish, and 95% of the last third under question, one comes to the remaining divine one percent (1%) of all gems that are natural and untreated. These are the only ones you find on our website. They represent the sweat and blood of thousands and thousands of families working days on end without finding a single rough worth cutting.

The whole thing is a miracle.

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