We have several thousand fine quality colored gemstones for sale, many of which are
unique, one of a kind or perhaps are unusual for some reason. Very few have been
certed; frequently, there is no reason. We stand behind our gemstones and have a 100%
Customer Satisfaction Guarantee (10 Days) and a LIFETIME GUARANTEE - see our policies
Just because a gemstone in our inventory is not certed, actually has no reflection
on the quality. Some of our gemstones were purchased already with certs, or we were
traveling abroad and felt more comfortable obtaining a cert. Perhaps we were told it
was unheated and we wanted to do a check upon our return from abroad (note that
regardless if it were heated or not heated, we would be keeping it - heating is
standard in the trade for certain gemstones, and we accept that as long as that is all
that was done; there are also some purists or collectors who seek non-heated
gemstones). We have also certed a few gems because we wanted another opinion on whether
a gemstone was to perhaps be called a Ruby vs. a Sapphire (Pink, Magenta, Fuchsia,
etc.). Many times we purchase as Ruby and sell as Sapphire (yes, Ruby and Sapphire are
the same gemstone, the mineral Corundum, it is just the percentage of red that causes
the differentiation. Europe and Asia identify Ruby as what most Americans in the
business would call Sapphire.
Unheated Large 2.86ct Oval Orange-Pink Sapphire - Certed as a Padparadscha (GIA). (egaj-15-70) Price Upon Request.
1.47ct Color Change Sapphire, a Round, which is less common, especially in Color Change Sapphire.
Changes from Blue to Purple depending on the available wavelengths in various lights. Unheated. (egaj-15-61) $3,822
GIA Certed UNHEATED 1.73ct Ruby (or Sapphire??) - Color Shifter!
Best Description: Purple Sapphire under Fluorescent/Red Ruby Under Incandescent!
This INCREDIBLE 1.73ct gemstone from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) color shifts.
This gem stood out among many hundreds of Rubies that we were looking at.
It is a very UNIQUE piece, as in person you can see two distinct colors depending on the lights.
Ruby and Sapphire are the same mineral (Corundum) and it is only the percentage of red that makes
a Sapphire, a Ruby. Under fluorescent light, it is more purple and therefore, we would call it Sapphire -
as did a lab in Bangkok. Under incandescent light, it dances with sparkle/scintillation and displays a red
with some purple highlights. Under GIA grading lights, this was graded a Purplish Red Ruby. In over 41 years in the
gemstone business, we haven't had a little beauty quite like this - nor have we seen a gemstone in corundum
that shifts from a Sapphire to Ruby or Ruby to Sapphire depending on the lights/wavelengths available.
This particular gemstone was discussed with another Gemologist (degree from GIA and an appraiser north of Boston).
He also thought it a unique gem and was surpised to see that one could call it a Sapphire or even a Ruby - dependent on the lighting.
This gemologist believed that GIA would note the color change/shift. After receiving the gem back from GIA, the owner of
All That Glitters called the GIA Gem Lab to see why this characteristic wasn't noted on the cert.
We were put in touch with a person whose specialty is colored gemstones within the lab and he indicated that he remembered the gemstone and that internally,
they had discussions on this very piece, comtemplating what the cert should be and what the content should read. It was also noted that the gemstone displayed a Reverse Color Change/Shift -
another physical property that just adds more interest and rarity to the piece! In discussing my observations and hearing thoughts within GIA, the gentleman
within GIA requested to have the gemstone sent back in for further discussions as more lab members would be brought into the discussion(a key player was traveling internationally when this gemstone was in the lab) so as to create a more accurate report.
All That Glitters will be taking this piece to Tucson and will meet with the director (and others) of the GIA Gem Lab and will allow them to take it back to Carlsbad for further
study, investigation and discussions. For some, this gemstone causes a dilema - how can a faceted Corundum be both a Sapphire and Ruby?
Rather than issuing perhaps a Sapphire or Ruby Report, perhaps identifying it as Corundum, with a color change/shift from Red to Purple
depending on lights/wavelengths available, and with a comment indicating that this is a color change or color shifting Natural Corundum (No Heat)
and that it may be called a Sapphire under some lights or a Ruby under others, could indeed cover all bases.
If someone would like to purchase this beauty prior to Tucson 2016 (late January/early February) they are welcome to send the piece into the GIA Gem Lab - we will provide our contact information within the GIA Gem Lab.
Our GIA contact is expecting to receive this piece again sometime in the future.
This is a rich saturated gem, but not overly dark- as noted, there is more sparkle under incandescent lights,
which is probably due to Chromium which gives Ruby color and glow. GIA Certed Ruby and another plus
- Unheated! (svd-07-04) (Price Upon Request)
A nice 2.04ct Oval Salmon Orange Sapphire (egaj-11-55) $12,675
A very lively and super color of a Sapphire. When examined under power there was an internal
crystal that popped out during the cutting process, which is often the case in Sapphires
and Rubies - and that can happen anywhere in the gemstone. In this case, it has occurred at about
2 o'clock in the photo above - a perfect position to be covered/hidden by a
prong. Other Sapphires/Rubys in stock have similar crystals that left small voids
on the surface because they came out during the cutting; very typical.
We have only noted this one as you can see it in the outline of the gemstone
when louped or if one has very good eyesight. It does not affect this gemstone
from being a Fine Sapphire. We have had this gemstone certed by GIA. GIA's color description was
reddish orange and it is UNHEATED.
View GIA Cert
5.79t Star Sapphire
This 5.79ct Star Sapphire hails from Thailand and has a very decent star as
can be seen in the photo and the video. It is multi-colored, being deep blue,
greenish, greyish and other subtle colors. Great for a man's or woman's ring -
other possibilities exist too! Gem was not tested for heat or other enhancement,
but we were told that it had been heated. Usually heat dissolves the inclusions
that cause the star; one can see the typical pattern of some banding internally,
which is typical of Star Sapphire. The star is evident under the typical pinpoint
light source, but is it sharper when the light source is closer to the gem. Great
Price for what it is. (kwrt-14-01) SOLD! (Australia) Where can one obtain an almost 6ct Sapphire
at a price like this and that is a unique multi-colored gem, a star gem as well as displayed on the International Gem Society's
Sapphire Buying Guide page???? IGS Sapphire Buying Guide Page
2.16ct Oval Ruby hailing from Ceylon, the land of Corundum. The area is
specifically Nivitigala. A deep red with magenta overtones depending on the
lights. A very clean stone, very decent cut, brilliant. Not the best photo. We
have attempted to recreate the color the eye sees, but Ruby is one of the most
difficult gemstones to truly capture the color via photography. This was heated
the old fashioned way with hot embers from coconut shells and long blow pipes.
It is a low heat method vs. the typical way it is usually done. The photos of
the GIA shows more purple, but it depends on the lights, as under incandescent
light, it is what one expects from a fine Ruby - Ruby Red! Information from
GIA: Natural Ruby, Heated, Purplish Red 8.20x5.90x5.07mm (dbg-13-01) $17,280
An Unheard of Rarity - 2.71ct Bicolor Demantoid Garnet -
This is certainly a one of a kind piece and has been certed as a
Demantoid - how often does one see a bicolor in Demantoid Garnet? A few small
inclusions as one can see, but doesn't affect the rarity and uniqueness of this
particular gem! The GIA Cert has a decent photo of this gem in the cert below.
This One-Of-A-Kind piece was discussed at length in the GIA GemLab among the 3
who work there. They all agreed that it was an Andradite, but the Species was not
listed as Demantoid because Demantoid is green; the other half is a reddish and
that would not be called Demantoid. In a telephone conversation between the
Manager of the GemLab Identification Services and the owner of All That Glitters,
(Mr. Brown), Mr. Brown was told that they thought it very unique and something
that they really hadn't seen before. The manager also stated that they do not
print anything like "rare", "one of a kind" , "unique", etc. on certs, even
though that might be the case. He was nice enough to indicate to Mr. Brown, that
he would be more than welcome to discuss this 'unique' piece with a potential
customer. Contact us for more details! (btgem-11-03)
One of the last gemstones that
was rushed to us prior to departing to the airport in Sri Lanka. This had been
under negotiations for some time and we only came to an agreement on the day of
our departure. A lively deep glowing blue 3.60ct Sapphire with a brilliant bottom
which gives it the brilliance seen. A unique shape for Sapphire and also a very
large one too! Approximate dimensions: 10.39x6.88x5.33mm (egaj-11-68)
A uniquely colored bright medium Salmon Pink 1.34ct Oval Sapphire. (Purchased
as a Pad) $4,515 (egaj-11-47) A nice unique color which is better caught in the
cert by GIA. To quote the lab - " a very nice stone that munsell color chip
matches to a pure red hue".
A very large 7.00ct Cushion Shaped Sapphire of a unique color, somewhat similar
to the Hope Diamond... GIA calls this a Green-Blue. Since it was clean
even under high power with a microscope, we had to send it to GIA to determine whether it was natural and
heated/unheated using their spectrographic instrumentation. Contact us for pricing. (egaj-11-23)
This gemstone was discovered on a family's farm in Sri Lanka in about the
1942 timeframe and was recut from over 10cts to produce this brilliant gemstone.
The color is a wonderful rich, velvety blue to a beautiful purple depending on
the lighting available. Due to the color, faceting, size, etc., we have yet to
see a finer example or a better price. This had been exhibited within a dealers
booth in Tucson - he sells fancy colored diamonds which may sell for more than
one million dollars; this added even more color and was a show stopper. Though he is known for diamonds,
he displayed this fine gem due to his knowledge of how rare this particular stone is. It was a show stopper
among the diamonds - but not for sale at the time. The woman
responsible for viewing gemstones for Christie's Auction House in Chicago (1993 time frame) has
also seen the piece and has also indicated that this is the finest example of a
color change sapphire of this size that she has seen to date. This is a one of a kind piece - no rush to see this
find a new home - but well priced for what it is. This gemstone has not been exhibited or shown to the public or
the trade for approximately 30 years! (pgml-93-01)
Approximate Dimensions: 11.04x9.15x8.08mm
Contact Us for Price
View GIA Cert
1.07ct OvalBurmese Ruby. Great piece. Mostly clean as you
can see from the photo. Color is a great Ruby Red. Certified - evidence of Heat,
from both GIA as well as another lab; origin determined to be Burma on the GIA
Cert. This is a fine example of Ruby and one would be hard pressed to find such a
Ruby in any stores except those carrying high end fine gemstones. Color
reproduction of red is difficult and we have had difficulty photographing all of
our Rubies. We do guarantee that the color is extremely fine! (Approx
6.58x5.21x3.36mm) (svd-07-05) $6,300 (Currently at or below wholesale)
A very nice Ruby Red 1.71ct Ruby. Under the right lights, one can see some silk
which is typical of corundum (Sapphire and Ruby). Though a dealer who sells
Rubys thought this looked like a Burmese Ruby, it actually is said to be from
Mozambique, as noted on the cert from GIA. (minco-12-01) $9,750
This is also another incredible
Burmese Ruby, a color
that one seeks, similar to the above gemstones, but
this has more inclusions. There is a void on the
pavillion (which is very common in Ruby of value as
they facet the largest gem they can) and one plus
to this is that it wasn't filled accidently during
the heating process. This is a large 2.02ct, of very good
color and it looks wonderful under incandescent
lights - those lights that Ruby looks best in due
to the Chromium content of fine gems. This is one
of those gemstones that people seek out - we got a
great price on it, and we will be selling it at a
great price too as we always attempt to do! This
will look super in a ring and it just glows. For
someone desiring a nice looking Ruby, in a large
size with good color and at a great price - look no
further. Color reproduction of red is difficult and
we have had difficulty photographing all of our
Rubies. We do guarantee that the color is extremely
fine! (Approx 7.2x6.2x4.8mm) (svd-07-03) $15,150
(Currently at or below wholesale)
Tucson 2011 Update on Prices: We saw a few
Burmese Rubies, just over 2cts, good color and
heated. Our wholesale cost was from the NY dealer was
$6,000/ct and the Russian business was asking
$17,500/ct. Fine Rubys Continue to Rise in Price...!
A very large Burmese Certed Ruby of Fine Color - 2.02ct!
Color is a great Ruby Red, though the cert indicates a Pink Red. After seeing
some of their color descriptions of Spessartite, Rhodolite and other gemstones
certed by this lab, we are not concerned that they used the term Pink! Certified
- evidence of Heat but no evidence of fillers (which is rare). This is a fine
example of Ruby and one would be hard pressed to find such a Ruby in any stores
except those carrying high end fine gemstones. This is a gemstone that we would
have offered to Tiffanys and a few other stores, but they are currently not
purchasing any material with the name Burma associated with it. Many gemstones
come across the border illegally and by-pass the government. These gemstones
therefore do not put money in to the pockets of a repressive government, but help
those individuals who mine the material and are lucky enough to find and sell
gemstones such as this. Our Burmese Rubys were purchased prior to the US Embargo
on Bumerse Rubys. Color reproduction of red is difficult and we have had
difficulty photographing all of our Rubies. We do guarantee that the color is
extremely fine! (Approx 7.54X6.28X4.86mm) (svd-07-02) $19,190 (Currently at or
below wholesale) Fine Rubys Continue to Rise in
Certified 2.04ct Burmese Ruby. Color is a
great Ruby Red, though the original cert indicates a
Pink Red. After seeing some of their color
descriptions of Spessartite, Rhodolite and other
gemstones certed by this lab, we are not concerted
that they used the term Pink! Certified - evidence of
Heat. This is a fine example of Ruby and one would be
hard pressed to find such a Ruby in any stores except
those carrying high end fine gemstones. This is a
gemstone that we would have offered to Tiffanys and a
few other stores, but they are currently not
purchasing any material with the name Burma
associated with it. Many gemstones come across the
border illegally and by-pass the government. These
gemstones therefore do not put money in to the
pockets of a repressive government, but help those
individuals who mine the material and are lucky
enough to find and sell gemstones such as this. Our
Burmese Rubys were purchased prior to the US Embargo
on Bumerse Rubys. Color reproduction of red is
difficult and we have had difficulty photographing
all of our Rubies. We do guarantee that the color is
extremely fine! (Approx 7.12x6.17x5.23mm) (svd-07-01)
$19,380 (Currently at or below wholesale)
Fine Rubys Continue to Rise in Price...!
3.03ct Oval Ruby from Winza, Heated. Super piece
because of the size. Top photo is really a bad one,
but hard to capture the real color and life of the
gemstone. We have taken a 2nd photo of this important
gemstone. In looking at an old 2010 The Guide
Wholesale Price List, we are certainly below
wholesale and prices are WAY UP since 2010. Have seen
a 3.59ct on the market from some of our associates
that we can offer for $107,700(2013)and at todays prices, that is still a good
buy. (neecb-11-01) $59,995
Pyrope-Spessartine Garnet. The color is a yellow with a hint of orange. The color
did not photograph well and is too golden in this photo. However, it is a unique
color, lively, well cut, clean gem! This would most likely classify as a variety
of Malaia Garnet, but with a very distince unusual color... (egaj-11-54) $1,077
A 2.03ct UNHEATED Pink
Sapphire from Sri Lanka. Have done two photos as the color was difficult to
obtain, but the color is really nice with some hints of blue in the high lights
depending on the lights available. Please excuse the lint form the polishing
cloth which is on the surface...$10,556 (neecb-11-05) View Cert
A - 2.28ct Glowing Blue Oval Madagascar Sapphire (kjcl-11-11)
$8,550 View Cert
B - Matched pair of Purple Sapphire weighing 2.06cts - UNHEATED
(Mozambique) (vpgem-11-02) $3,700 View Cert
1.54ct Pear Shaped Ruby from Mozambique. Certed as having
been heated with insignificant residue, which means that there are some surface
marks that got filled in with some of the material (borax?) that is used to
surround the gemstone when heated. This is not meant to deceive as glass filling,
but just a by product of heating at times if there are any voids, scratches on
the surface of the gem when heated. Not the best photo as we shot it slightly off
angle - so the gemstone is properly cut and not skewed as shown in the photo!
(kjcl-11-12) $7,700 View Cert
Note: Magnification and bright lighting is required to
photograph gemstones. Some inclusions may be visible
under these circumstances. You are viewing photographs as
if you were using a loupe or microscope - not your unaided eye.
Under normal conditions, these inclusions may not be
Not responsible for mismatches of prices, photos, stocknumbers, etc.
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