Monday, April 14, 2014

#TucsonGemShow - Jeffrey Bergman Brings a Rare Treat To Tucson, Burmese Trapiche Sapphire

Jeffrey Bergman has been collecting trapiche sapphires for over a decade and has assembled the largest collection known, rivaling the quality of pieces in the finest museum collections.

While the vast majority of trapiche sapphires are either opaque blackish blue with gray spokes or translucent dark gray on light gray, very occasionally, he would acquire a translucent gemmy vivid blue on snow white trapiche sapphire.  

The collection  on display at the Gem & Jewelry Exchange (GJX) in Tucson this year was made up of  is comprised of several dozen of the typical opaque or gray type trapiche sapphires...but then there were three of gem quality; a 3.90ct and an 8.70 carat gem with GIA reports, and an extraordinary 36.16 carat gem with GRS and Gubelin lab reports.  

His collection was on display at GJX in booth 106 with Mauro Panto of "The Beauty In The Rocks". With price points ranging from a few hundred dollars per piece to many thousands per carat I am sure that he was quite successful.

GRS gave a special comment “unusual translucent vivid blue color zoning” and Gubelin wrote one of their coveted full page appendixes where they call it an “extremely rare” and remarkable gemstone”.

The Gubelin lab report and appendix:

“The Spanish word trapiche, cogwheel in English, designates the agricultural tool which in former days was used to crush sugarcane. In the world of gems the same term is used for gemstones which show a characteristic six-rayed star pattern in cross-section. 

For a long time this peculiar appearance was only known from emerald, and is due to bands of dark inclusions which radiate from the center of the crystal – the optic axis – to the crystal faces. Only in the past twenty years other trapiche gemstones have been discovered, namely trapiche ruby, trapiche tourmaline, and trapiche sapphire. 

While the trapiche affect of tourmaline and ruby is caused by similar inclusions as in the trapiche emeralds, the trapiche effect in sapphires is due to a strong color banding parallel to the hexagonal growth zoning. The blue color is mostly concentrated along the angles of the crystal forming a blue star, while white zones are found between the star segments. Such trapiche sapphires are only known from Burma and are extremely rare.

This 36.16 natural sapphire described in the above mentioned Gubelin Gem Lab Report displays a distinct and well centered star. In addition, this remarkable gemstone has been spared thermal treatment. Such a combination of characteristics is very rare in Burmese sapphires of this size.”

This stunning example was featured in the Las Vegas Show report by Gary Roskin in the Summer/Fall edition of the 2013 Prism magazine (a production of AGTA).  The extra fine  trapiche sapphire is 12.29 carats, set in white gold  and flanked with asteraited diamonds.
You can find Jeffery Bergman at:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

#TucsonGemShow #AGTA - The Tanzanite Foundation Presents The Maasai Ladies Project

#AGTA - The Tanzanite Foundation Presents The Maasai Ladies Project

In the Hall as you enter the AGTA GemFair is what I refer to as 
the Hall of Learning, Support and Publications...
one of the agencies represented is the Tanzanite Foundation. 
 This year they had a great display of tumbled Tanzanite nugget jewelry 
that was hand crafted by the local Masai women...
a new project to provide a steady income stream
 for the women and their families.

A little bit about the ladies from their website...

In the village of Nasinyai - just outside the tanzanite mining area - 
a group of ladies gather together to make spectacular jewellery 
with wire and tanzanite donated by TanzaniteOne. 
Each piece is 100 % handcrafted and all proceeds are reinvested back into the project.

Formed in 2012, the ladies were tutored by renown gem carver Naomi Sarna 
in the art of wire wrap jewellery making, and after a period of learning 
now create stunning one-of-a-kind pieces 
which are sold through The Tanzanite Experience boutiques in Africa, 
Television Shopping and will soon be available online

This gem of an idea was conceived by The Tanzanite Foundation
and now donations of time and skill by others - such as Adam Woodhams, 
a local photographer who manages the project in Tanzania, 
and TanzaniteOne Staff who tumble the stones - mean the project is now 
creating a steady income to help the ladies support their families. '
Special thanks to TV network The Liquidation Channel for their on going support.

To catch up with the latest, visit the The Maasai Ladies Facebook Page 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

#JCKTucson #TucsonGemShow - JCK Conquers Tucson - The Luxury Floor!

One amazing gem after the other - and I am VERY happy to report, lots of COLOR!  

A HUGE Trend that I hope to see more of going forward was Cabochon gems...but the slices and rose cuts don't appear to be slowing down at all!

The ornate and colorful Bollywood style seems to be holding on for another season and, Desi Girl that I am (in my dreams), I couldn't be happier!

Opals of every color and size, traditional gems from new locales and mosaic diamonds are all fun newer trends...

BA Gold - Booth 114 

Aspery & Guldag - Booth 327

Aspery & Guldag - Booth 327
Lord Jewelry - Booth: 426

Lord Jewelry - Booth: 426

Marco Daniel, Inc. - Booth 327

JS Noor - Booth 401

JS Noor - Booth 401

JS Noor - Booth 401

Mysterium Collection - Booth: 504
Mysterium Collection - Booth: 504
Izabel Camille - Check out the links they each tell one of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales!
Ugly Duckling to a Swan - Ballerina for the Red Shoes....etc.
 Represented by Arslev Jewelry - Booth 504
 Represented by Arslev Jewelry - Booth 504
 Represented by Arslev Jewelry - Booth 504

 Represented by Arslev Jewelry - Booth 504

Cicada Jewelry - Booth: 318
Cicada Jewelry - Booth: 318

Cicada Jewelry - Booth: 318

Vivaan - really stunning jewels that celebrate colored stones

Vivaan - stunning tumbled Tanzanite!
Gasia Booth 69

Gasia Booth 69

Gasia Booth 69

All in All I would say that JCK's newest show 
is a MAJOR HIT!!!


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