What color is sapphire?

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 in Gemcutting, Just for Fun

This morning there was a 2 hour delay for school, so I had the kids with me in the shop. My son, 10 years old, was helping me make some images of recent gemstones. I was letting him work the remote trigger on the camera & do some basic culling of rejected images. When he […]

Smokey Quartz Recut

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 in Gemcutting, Recut & Repair, Transformations

Recut Smokey Quartz trilliant When I introduced myself to a jeweler, I like to explain the difference between my gemcutting and what is more commonly seen in the trade.  I like to point out the fact that all of my stones are designed to be mounted.  In choosing designs, I avoid sharp corners, overly thin […]

Memories: Lolatema, 2009

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 in Gem Travel

Tanzania Buying Trip, Day 4 – 5 July 2009 The first few days of our trip we spent in our broker’s (Jamal’s) office reviewing and buying stones — aside from the fact that every lot had to be priced by bartering, we could have been sitting in any other gem trading area doing the same […]