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Top Stones/Collectors Stones - Pick of the week

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Lukeness

I'm starting this thread for listings to be posted of the top stones and top collectors stones listed every week. We can go over the pros and cons and discuss the various selections. This will hopefully create buyer awareness and encourage sellers to list more of these top quality gems.

 

Please not that any listings are not endorsements of the listings as they are based on the information provided in the listings only

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Lukeness

This week's pick

 

Natural Sun-O-Lite (Bloody Iolite) Round - 2.81cts! – GemZone

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4038073

 

Really unusual colour. Too rare to be appreciated by many so should be a good buy. Sunstones (labradorite and Andesine) with shiller have also seen a surge in popularity due greatly to Jewellery TC channels in the States making it better known (often with over the top claims). Very collectable. Hardness not ideal for any heavy wearing jewellery e.g. rings.

 

CONCAVE ROUND BYTOWNITE - Gem Shop

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4149335

 

Unusual cut. Great colour for this stone. Rare. Great collectors specimen. Hardness not ideal for any heavy wearing jewellery e.g. rings.

 

CERTIFIED RHODOCHROSITE (0.96Ct) - Just Jewels

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4064432

 

Very soft/brittle so not suitable for jewellery. Great collectors specimen. Bargain starting bid. Great colour. Difficult to cut as it has 3 cleavage directions. Colorado state mineral. Although fairly common, large red crystal are rare and highly sought after.

 

ULTRA BRILLIANT VIVID GOLDEN YELLOW HELIODOR – baya1

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4077436

 

Yellow Beryl. Not as valuable as emerald (Medium to heavy green beryl) but beautiful and a good addition to any collection. Suitable for jewellery and available at affordable prices. This stone has good colours. Pale shades are often heated to become (the better known blue beryl) aquamarine.

 

.92ct INTENSE DEEP BLUE TOURMALINE - SA GEM IMPORT CO

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4043953

 

Deep blue Elbaite (tourmaline). Rare colour. Very collectable. Most valuable after new new favourite, Neon Paraiba. More valuable than rubelite tourmaline.

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Southerns

Hi Luke

 

Maybe you could specify why each one is a good buy, is it value, colour, size or a combination of them this way we can hopefully learn a bit too

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Lukeness

I will edit the post to include that.

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Lukeness

done

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Southerns

Thanx for the extra effort, but at least now we can also at least sort of know why you guys think they are worth it.

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Lukeness

Feel free to ask about any others that grab you or ask questions regarding those mentioned in either pick of the week thread.

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Southerns

I guess what is a possitive sign for BOB is the fact that its a mixture of sellers, which is good for us as it shows that everyone is trying to offer good merchandise

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alloway65

Thanks Lukeness for all the effort, much appreciated.

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pantoffel

Hi Luke

Thanks so much for this, very informative and useful.

 

Can you suggest a good gem course to attend in the Jhb area ? Not only diamonds, I want to learn a bit more about coloured stones.

 

Would appreciate your help.

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Gem Shop

any interesting gems this week?

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jlflyer

Hi Lukeness.

 

What is special this week?

 

Thanks for the information! Love it!

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Lukeness

Send me a PM for information on courses.

I will go through the stones shotly and put together a list for this week.

 

PS. I see all the above stones are still available for really good prices except for one that is closed without being sold. Could be a few bargains for anyone who gets them befoer they close...

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Lukeness

Here's a cool cabochon:

 

Quartz with Tourmaline inclusions

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4086698

 

Nice for a collector and schorl (black tourmaline) really allows one to see the crystal structure.

 

and from the same seller:

 

Rutile Quartz with Golden & Black needles

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4177150

 

Every collector should have a few rutile included specimens. They make great patterns in faceted gems.

 

 

And here is one amazing looking ametrine!!! from AAA+GEMS

 

49.11ct NATURAL AMETRINE

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4228543

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Lukeness

Something special

 

RARE COLLECTORS PETALITE (2.11 Ct)

 

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4183005

 

Rare enough to impress and hard enough to wear!

 

Great to collect. Should go for a very good price.

 

Petalite was named after the Greek word for "leaf" as it has perfect cleavage like the veins and junctions in a leaf. Petalite crystals are rare and occur mostly as coarse aggregates. Petalite ranks 6 to 6.5 on Mohs' scale. It will work well in necklaces, but is too brittle for rings.

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Gem Shop

is this threaD dead too?

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expressions

Lukeness, how about corondum?

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royal treasure

When will the draft be in place.... I cant wait to see some people being honest for a change.

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Lukeness

No, it's not dead. Sorry, I just didn't have a chance to look through the listings and make up a list.

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Lukeness

Stunning Natural Amber Cab with Insect inclusions - 3.33cts! - GemZone

 

WONDERFUL! - This is also the real deal. Not a dragonfly/scorpion/honeybee/wasp or other fake insect included pieces from reconstituted amber and modern insects. This is a piece of pre-history, AND it's beautiful to boot!

 

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4598878

 

JADE CAT'S EYE - GREEN OCTAGON CABOCHON - 28.25cts - REDHAWK

 

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4285289

 

Rare, unusual and a great addition for any collection. Any serious collectors should have some Jade and what better than a cat's eye!

 

 

 

17 PIECE ALEXANDRITE PACKAGE - Top Drawer

 

One of the best collectors and investors stones out there with a great colour-change! All small but an overall fantastic package still sitting at BARGAIN prices!! WOW!!!!

 

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4397126

 

 

CARNELIAN FREE FORM Baya1

 

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4762094

 

As one of the most ancient of precious stones every collector should have some of these. Gorgeous.

 

 

Rhodonite Tumbled flats - Summerwitch

 

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4782493

 

Relatively rare is quality. Great and really different. For a steal!

 

 

PREHNITE [7.731CTS] - BountyHunter

 

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4691545

Exceptional stone. Rare and beautiful. PLEASE NOTE - I base this on info provided and ignore stated valuations.

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Lukeness

2.00 cts- FIERY CRYSTAL OPAL FROM COOBER PEDY MINES - AUSTRALIA

Yhttp://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4852703

 

Great looking opal. I'm even bidding! :)

 

GEM SEARCH - SUPERB RUTILE QUARTZ 5.52CTS

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4686004

 

What a great example of rutile quartz. Great looking stone essential for a collector.

 

Gemzone - Natural Moss Agate Oval Pre-Drilled Cab - 31.48cts!

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4708620

 

Great collectors stone. Great patterning.

 

SCAPOLITE - LIGHT YELLOW OVAL FACET - 1.58cts

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4669019

 

Something different for a great price.

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Gemzone - Unique Light Purple Rutile Quartz Cab - 11.34cts

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4912526

 

WOW! BEAUTIFUL!

 

Gemzone - Natural Sun-O-Lite (Bloody Iolite) Round Facet - 4.90cts!

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4801229

 

Gemzone - Natural Vesuvianite Octagon Facet - 2.36cts!

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4944936

 

JUST JEWELS - MATCHING MALI GARNET PAIR - (1.02 TCwt)

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4949463

 

JUST JEWELS - PEACH ORANGE/PINK TOURMALINE (1.79 Ct)

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=4929165

 

What a beautiful colour!

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Lukeness

Okay, I've let this thread die for too long now. Been tied up with all sorts.

Will add to it tomorrow once the Crazy Wednesday stuff is listed, for now.

What I believe are the top/most collectable stones listed on BoB this week:

 

BIXBITE - SSGEMS

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=5698720

 

Very small but a great addition to any collection. Not really suitable for mounting but the rarity factor alone makes it a worthy buy for any collector/investor. VERY RARE and expensive.

 

CONCAVE PETALITE (1.36Ct) - JUST JEWELS

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=5720725

 

Wonderful specimen of this member of the feldspar group (which includes stones like labradorite and andesine). It is a rare variety and has a really low starting price.

 

.6 cts Tsavorite garnet - Gem Shop

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=5898383

 

Well this isn't huge, but is still a really nice size. The colour is perfect emerald, slightly bluish green. And the emerald cut, as with all green stones, is always a better investment and consistently sells for more. Great investment and collectors gems.

 

2CT yellow Apatite CATS EYE - partha.

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=5867584

 

Very nice and affordable collectors stone. Great size.

This seller has more great stuff too. Wonderful ruby cabs!

 

 

1.53 CT PAIR TRILLIANT FOREST GREEN CHROME DIOPSIDE - alixone

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=5822913

 

Decent size and good colour - perfect for earrings or specimens

 

Gemzone - Natural Spiderweb Turquoise Oval Cab - 5.35cts

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/item/Item.jsp?Trade_TradeId=5744665

 

Ever popular, it is getting harder and harder to get geniune material rather than reconstituted or resin versions. Essential for the serious collector and can be had without breaking the bank.

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Lukeness

Taken from this week's crazy wedenesday listings:

As always, selection based on pictures and information supplied in listings.

 

GemDeals: 4.795 CT. AMMOLITE

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/7807677/GemDeals_4_795_CT_RARE_AND_VALUABLE_AMMOLITE_STARTING_R1NR.html

WHo needs to comment!

 

BountyHunter: TSAVORITE [1.017Cts]

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/7819554/TSAVORITE_1_017Cts_AAA_TOP_TSAVO_GREEN_CertifiedValue_R29872_00_BntyH.html

Go green with envy for this one!

 

HenkWillemse: 1.29 CT COBALT BLUE SAPPHIRE

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/7808683/1_29_CT_COBALT_BLUE_SAPPHIRE.html

Top colour, great size!

 

REDHAWK: PERIDOT 2.12cts

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/7793157/PERIDOT_RICH_LIME_GREEN_ROUND_FACET_WEIGHT_2_12cts.html

Great colour and collectable gem in a very good size.

 

Gem Shop: UMBALITE Oval 1.03 ct.

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/7792598/Genuine_UMBALITE_Oval_1_03_ct_Purple_BIG_SIZE_Retail_R3500_00.html

Popular garnet, great colour. (Light-toned purplish-pink rhodolite (mix between almandine and pyrope garnets)

 

Taken from general listings:

 

TopDrawer: 0.75 CT GREEN CHROME DIOPSIDE

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/7737704/BEAUTIFUL_0_75_CARAT_VERDANT_GREEN_CHROME_DIOPSIDE.html

 

Seabhac: 8.99Ct Kunzite

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/7802332/8_99Ct_Sparkling_Kunzite.html

 

motherearth: 35.70ct IMPERIAL TOPAZ

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/7697877/EXCELLENT_35_70ct_VVS_CHAMPAGNE_IMPERIAL_TOPAZ_100_EARTH_MINED_GEMSTONE.html

 

motherearth: UNHEATED - BURMESE GREEN ZIRCON - 16.48ct

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/7659613/VERY_RARE_HIGHEND_UNHEATED_BURMESE_GREEN_ZIRCON_16_48ct_VVS_BLINDING_LUSTER.html

 

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A note: There seem to be quite a few listing for Padparadsha Sapphires on at the moment.

 

This is an extremely rare stone and must meet very precise criteria to be called Padparadsha.

They should never have been treated except for light heat treatment. Purists regard only stones from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) as genuine Padparadsha. Should you be unsure of a particular listing, please ask here and get informed opinions from a consensus of BoB gem buyers and sellers.

 

ALSO: Chrome Diopside is Green. Black is just Diopside.

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Gem Shop

And the photo is not even half as beautiful as the real gem...first time I get one over 1 ct.

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