Tucson is always a fun time, maybe the best part is meeting up with old friends in the business each year. Pictured to the right is Steve from New Era gems. Always a fun stop, as I spend a few hours going through his new material, talking football, politics and just about anything else. Steve always has a lot to drink and eat in the room, along with interesting stories.
I met up with one of the dealers I see in Tucson, in Central PA at a gem show. He had some nice new material, much of it material he picked up from an older cutter who passed away. Cutters widows selling off the stash has become a for dealers to replenish their goods.
This one is a piece of chrome Beryl. Pretty material, will cut a light green/blue stone around 5 carats finished.
A rough emerald from Muzo Columbia that is 15+ carats in the rough. A bit light, but has a strong blue in the green.
This last stone in the Beryl family is a Heilidor. I am thinking I will say cut this into 2 stones for Asscher Cuts as it would be shaped well for this cut. I expect around 2 9+ mm stones.
A few more Mahenge Garnets. Not much of this material left. These are all just 5 carat stones, but with good shapes so I expect finished stones around 2 carats.
Mali Garnets. I really like Mali garnets, but it’s often hard to find nice material like these. These will cut 2 to 3 carat stones.
Peridot From Pakistan. Fantastic color. These will cut 3 to 4 carat stones.
A Purple Garnet from Mozambique. Will cut around a 5 carat stone.
Two natural, unheated sapphires from Australia.
Natural blue, unheated Tanzanite. Should cut 3 to 4 carat stones each.
Afghan Tourmaline. Any green Afghan tourmaline is crazy expensive… this one one will cut over 2 carat finished stone.
Another pretty color Afghan Tourmaline.
A blue/green Afghan Tourmaline. A bit of a tough shape to work with, but I couldn’t pass up on this color. This stone is 18 carats in the rough.
Kind of a rare color Tourmaline from the Congo in Africa. We shall see what comes out of this one.
Fantastic color Rubellite Tourmaline. 22 carats in the rough, but again a tough shape for a high yield, but who could pass on that color!
Some Pink Tourmaline from Afghanistan.
I did manage to buy quite a bit of new rough this year at Tucson, or maybe more accurately would be I spent a lot on rough this year. The prices were higher again than last year. Many dealers had the same material left over from last year, but there were some new items.
It sounds like the Chinese buyer have slowed down, so hopefully prices will stabilize for a while. I think the US market is just going to have to get used the fact that quality gemstones are costing more.
Often there is a new stone found, and very often it is a garnet, as there are so many mixes and varieties. This year it was a new garnet found in Mahenge Tanzania. This garnet is being called what else…. Mahenge Garnet. You may remember Mahenge as the source of those hot neon pink spinel about 10 years ago. This area does produce some very pretty stones, and these new garnets are no exception.
Shopping for some rough with Steve at New Era Gems. This year Steve made several trips to Africa and brought back some really nice material.
The stones shown here represent only a very very small sample of the rough stones I have available. Most of the stones are put away in a safe deposit box, so it may take me a few days to respond to requests for something as I will need to go and have a look.
This is the new Mahenge Garnet. I bought these in several sizes, and have some smaller stones that I could do in matched pairs for earrings. This first image is the smaller stones, and you can see there are 3 sets there.
These stones are bigger and will cut nice ring sized stones. These stones will cut between 2 and 3 carat
(All of the stones in this picture have been either cut, or reserved)
These two Mahenge Garnet will cut around 3 carat
These stones are the biggest I have and will cut nice ring sized stones. Expected sizes are 3+ to 5+ ct.
This is a parcel of a Pyrope Garnet found in Kenya. The color is very bright on these, and I bought these in 3 different sizes. This parcel is the smallest and will cut stones 1 to 2 carats. The others will be 3 to 5 carat finished sizes.
I don’t see these brighter Umbalite Garnets much any more, so I did buy the whole parcel. There are 500 carats in the parcel, pictured are just a few stones. The sizes of these are all 10 carats to 15 carats rough, and will cut 3 to 6 carat finished stones.
Not much of this Spessartine from Loliondo Tanzania around any more. These are from a dealer who had put away some of his best pieces. This practice of putting away stones works well for dealers, as the value of the stones typically rise over the years.
This is a small parcel of Pink Spinel from Tajikistan. The sizes of these are pretty nice, all over 1 gram, with good clarity. These will cut some very nice stones.
Some good blue Aquamarine from Mozambique, and a couple of Peridot from Pakistan. Back before the Paraiba tourmaline came out in Mozambique, this nice aqua was being mined. Once the Paraiba was found everyone left the aqua mine and ran to the tourmaline. Slowly the aqua seems to be coming back.
This is a 30 carat piece of hot red tourmaline from Nigeria. Some old material, as this color has not been found for many years.
These are Tanzanite. Two pieces are natural blue, the others will be heated after cutting to turn them blue. Nice size pieces some will cut 3 plus carats.
A small parcel of Sapphires from Umba Tanzania. This region produces a lot of gemstones, and sapphires in a variety of colors. All natural, no heat.
Some Ruby from Gayan. Not large pieces, but unheated and a nice color.
These stones are not available for a commissioned order.
A few pieces of Chrysoberyl. Nice color with that green/yellow glow.
These three are some of the Purple Garnet from Mozambique. Expected sizes are 2.5 to 4 carats.
Umma Sapphire. These stones always come in such an assortment of colors. These three are larger pieces, all unheated.
The stone on the left is a Songea Sapphire, the one on the right is a Spinel from Mahenge Tanzania.
These stones are not available for a commissioned order.
I picked up just a few new Afghan Tourmalines this year. All blue green color.
The lone Winza Sapphire. An interesting mix of blue sapphire and red sapphire. These cut unique stones that are sought after by collectors.
A few Pink Tourmaline on the left, and 3 Spinel from Tunduru Tanzania.
Montana Sapphires in various colors
Old stock Nigerian Tourmaline that are a hot lipstick red, and 3 blue Apatite stones