The Weekly Dozen Review October 31, 2016 Page 2


Malaia Garnet  Malaya is a Bantu word meaning “Out of the Family”.  It3153ms9cu6l__sl500_sl135_ can come in peach and darker red-oranges unlike other garnets.  Rather scarce in good quality.  This particular stone really stands out.  A lovely oval cut that weighs 6.88 ct.  No other specs are provided at this time by  the seller, but they are a reliable firm.

Sphene  (Titanite)   PGTL certified AAA quality.  Cushion cut 12 x 11 x 6.3 mm  Weight 6.47 ct.  VVS -VS clarity and not heat treated.  A beautiful 51hh0b7f6fl__sl500_sl135_greenish yellow color.  5-5.5 on the Moh’s hardness scale.  Sphene is a wonderful gemstone with rich colors and fire; however, it is brittle and does not wear well in rings.  This is a collector stone you put in a box or use in a pendant.  This stone came from Madagascar.

Tanzanite  Killer color oval shaped all natural tanzanite.  Weight 5.41 ct  41rfddpgwwl__sl500_sl135_No other specs available from the seller at this time.  The firm is reliable and has been in business for 32 years.   <a href="http://amzn cheap generic″>

Aquamarine   A member of the beryl family with a hardness of 7.5 – 8  Suitable for rings if you desire. A medium deep blue cushion cut weighing 9.8 ct  Truly a magnificent stone. 41ddt7vsd5l__sl500_sl135_ No other specs available at this time from the seller.

SPINEL  Spinel comes in many colors.  Blue, purple, violet blue, green, orange, orange-red, red, etc.  But a strong red which rivals ruby is very much sought after.  This stone is fantastic.  A cushion cut pigeon blood red.  Weight 51um8nejkhl-_sl500_sl135_1.84 ct.  7.35 x 6.79 x 4.59mm.  VVS2 clarity.  Not heat treated or enhanced in any way.  All natural.  IGI certification.  Mined in Burma.  7.5 – 8 on the Moh’s hardness scale.  Wears well.

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2 thoughts on “The Weekly Dozen Review October 31, 2016 Page 2”

  1. I sometimes watch Home Shopping Network and they have black spinel jewelry. That red one looks delicious like cranberry juice.

    1. Hello Jean. I’m sorry for taking so long to reply to your comment. I’ m new to blogging and at first could not find your comment. Now I’ve discovered it in my back office. I love comments and look forward to them. I will give you my personal opinion on black spinel and black diamonds. They are the least desirable of the spinel family and the diamond family. I personally would not even spend the time to cut a black spinel. They are not easy to sell and they should be cheap for that reason. Yes, they are hard and durable for everyday use, but there is no scintillation (sparkle from inside the stone). What sparkle you do see is from the polish on the surface. Just like brown diamonds were pushed by the jewelry industry; they are trying to push black spinel. If you like the looks of a piece of jewelry with black stones in it; ok. I’ve seen some very attractive pieces with black stones in them, but don’t pay more than the value of the gold. This is the industry trying to attract people to buying jewelry that is overpriced because of the high price of gold. I love jewelry, but I would suggest for now that you get the black spinels and have them set into non tarnishing silver. Get them calibrated (standard sizes) for easy setting. Add some cz’s for sparkle and everyone will think you paid a lot of money for the piece. R:E the red spinel in my blogg: red spinel is scarce and sought after because it resembles ruby. Gemologists today think that some of the large red stones in the British Crown Jewels are actually spinels rather than rubies. A good red spinel is an investment, but the black ones are not. I hope this helps, and again I apologize for not answering sooner. Best regards, Bob.

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