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Russian Demantoid: What’s the Deal with Horsetail Inclusions?

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Russian Demantoid: What’s the Deal with Horsetail Inclusions?

As many of you know, I have been selling quite a few Russian demantoids on my site in the last year.  Initially they came from only one source, old stock, topping out at (exactly) 3.2mm, no heat, and a very bright medium apple green, no secondary yellow.  Super nice stuff, great cutting, all priced at $800/ct.  I still have some of that stock, but not much, and my source is out.  The price, as I said, is the price of older stock, and unless one finds a good connection, Russian prices are now much higher. Three Colors of Demantoids And...

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Tourmaline: Heated or Unheated?

Posted by Cecile Raley on

It has been a while since I blogged about a particular type of gemstone, but having heard some new and interesting things about tourmaline, I thought I’d share.

As many of you have noted, a lot of gemstone prices have risen sharply in the last couple of years. But tourmaline? Isn’t that a common gem? Yes, it is, but world demand for this gem has gone up, especially the bright pink variety called...

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Why have Mandarin Garnet, Tsavorite Garnet, and Mahenge Spinel Become so Expensive?

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

A couple of months ago, I saw a discussion on PriceScope about availability of Tsavorite and Mint Garnet, Mandarin and Spessartite Garnet, as well as Mahenge Spinel, all of which come from the same regions in Tanzania and Kenya.  As a vendor, I can’t post on PS – which is a good idea by the way – but the question was an interesting one so I want to post my two cents here on my blog.

 



Mint Garnet
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