Synthetic Alexandrite Rough

A New Pull Has Arrived (May 2017) - A Wait of Approx 9 Years!

Thanks to everyone who has purchased this material previously.

GREAT NEWS! After waiting for 9 years for a new pull, one finally became available. It is a large pull with a few laser rods/cores removed. We have to visit a local lapidary that is capable of slicing such a large, thick hard piece of rough and then each slice must be trimmed to remove the 'holes', producing various sized pieces that can be sold. We will be slicing and trimming pieces over the next several weeks until all pieces have been posted.

This is wonderful material to even test out a new cutting design. We like it better than using clear quartz or very inexpensive material, as when the gem/design is complete, it has a good value so one can recoup his time in cutting - unlike having a nice flashy piece of clear quartz...

US Created Synthetic Alexandrite for
Laser Rod Applications - Czochralski Pull Method

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2017 Pulled Synthetic Alexandrite - some 'laser' rods removed (cored)

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2017 Syn Alex Pull - Side View

synthetic alexandrite slice
Above photo is from the 2008 pull - we are currently working with the 2017 pull; rough for sale below is from this newest acquisition. (When looking through the slice to the sky or through a window, the color is a green, blue green, yellow green or slight orange, depending on the orientation - it is hard to hold it perfectly perpendicular, so other colors from the pleochroism can show through. Looking through the edge, it is a deep ruby red. The reddish areas you see in the slice are most like rough saw blade marks. I believe that this interferes with light and is picking up other axis color, therefore showing these reddish/purple smudges. In a polished slice (both side), one only sees a pure color. Note the core - the very center is clean, and the outside edges of the clean area have inclusions and the remainder of the slice is clean. In the past, we have trimmed out the core and the surrounding inclusions as one piece and offered it at a greatly reduced price. Included areas have made nice cabs in the past. In this 2017 pull, the inclusions seem larger and for the time being, we are offering just the core since it will typically facet about a 10mm round or similar sized clean gemstone.

Note that in full slices of the pull shown below, the very center has a area that is totally clean, perhaps the size of a dime and this will cut a round gemstone. Around this clear area, there is an area that contains some inclusions and these areas are great for cabochons - which would be unique as most of this material is typically faceted. The remainder of the slice is clean. John Koivula has looked at these inclusions and had the following to say - "Thanks for letting me know that the Czochralski rod was grown in the US. Since Czochralski pulling from a melt is generally the same no matter where it is done it is not too surprising that similar inclusions could be founds in rods produced by different growers." John now has a sample of our material in his collection. You can learn more about John's interest in inclusions, whether natural or lab grown, in his multi-volumed "Photoatlas of Inclusions in Gemstones".

Also note that a wholesaler and cutter in the Mid-West has purchased a few slices of this material, and with his cutting, he sells the finished gemstones for between $50/ct-$150/ct depending on whether the client is a dealer or retail customer, and the design, etc.

The rough below is from the 2017 Synthetic Alexandrite Pull (2 photos) above...
Thickness was measured in a number of areas on the rough with respect to the C-axis; this provides an idea of thickness for those cutting where the depth is the C-axis and one is looking down at the table/C-axis; for those who wish to cut 90-degrees to the C, the displayed thickness would be the largest diameter that could be faceted.

Photographed with a flash - rough is deep purple under this lighting.
Purchases may be returned within 7 days if only a window/side is polished so one can see inside. Refund will be the cost of rough less the cost of shipping/insurance and a $20 fee for paperwork, packaging and website updates, etc.

SLICE #5

synthetic alexandrite rough
9.72grams (Slice #5)   $146
Approx 12.5mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
9.75grams (Slice #5):    $130
Approx 12.5mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
12.97grams (Slice #5)    $169
Approx 12.5mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
18.33grams (Slice #5):    $300
Approx 12.5mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
21.46grams (Slice #5):    $322
Approx 12.5mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
25.15grams (Slice #5) - CORE: $315
Approx 12.5mm thick
Slightly more inclusions surrounding the core left behind, but better to grind vs. possibly cutting away good material

synthetic alexandrite rough
30.13grams (Slice #5):    $512
Approx 12.5mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
40.13grams (Slice #5):    $682
Approx 12.5mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
49.53grams (Slice #5):    $780
Approx 12.5mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
49.94grams (Slice #5):    $749
Approx 12.5mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
34.38grams; 4 pieces (7.76gr, 8.60gr, 8.99gr, 9.03gr) (Slice #5):    $464
Various thicknesses: 7.3mm; 11.4-12.5mm
Smaller pieces with one piece being shallow (7.3mm) and perhaps good for carving

Slice #4

synthetic alexandrite rough
12.26grams (Slice #4)   $196
Approx 11.3mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
12.29grams (Slice #4):    $196
Approx 12mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
14.86grams (Slice #4)    $193
Approx 12.5-13.0mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
14.90grams (Slice #4):    $238
Approx 13.4mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
15.41grams (Slice #4) - CORE:    $200
Approx 12.5mm thick
Trimmed fairly closely to the core so there are not many inclusions on the outside edges to grind away

synthetic alexandrite rough
17.18grams (Slice #4): $223
Approx 11.6-12.3mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
20.63grams (Slice #4):    $268
Approx 12.2-12.8mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
23.39grams (Slice #4):    $363
Approx 13.1-13.7mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
24.24grams (Slice #4):    $412
Approx 11.9-12.5mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
25.73grams (Slice #4):    $386
Approx 1mm1.9-13.2 thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
27.58grams (Slice #4):    $427
Approx 111.0-11.5mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
40.90grams (Slice #4):    $695
Approx 13.8mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
41.06grams; 4 pieces (8.70gr, 13.15gr, 19.01gr) (Slice #4):    $513
Various thicknesses: 11.2-13.3mm
Smaller pieces with one piece having hole remmants and perhaps better for carving

SLICE #3

synthetic alexandrite rough
9.37grams (Slice #3)   $122
Approx 13.5mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
11.21grams (Slice #3):    $146
Approx 13.7mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
18.00grams (Slice #3)    $270
Approx 13.70mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
19.55grams (Slice #3):    $294
Approx 13.5mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
20.56grams (Slice #3):    $350
Approx 13.5mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
21.32grams (Slice #3): $333
Approx 11.2-13.2mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
21.40grams (Slice #3):    $364
Approx 13.5mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
22.02grams (Slice #3):    $374
Approx 13.5mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
28.55grams (Slice #3):    $428
Approx 13.5mm thick
One side has some inclusions missed in trimming but should be easily removed

synthetic alexandrite rough
37.67grams (Slice #3):    $603
Approx 13.2mm thick
Laser core hole in center; didn't trim any further - new owner can trim exactly as desired

synthetic alexandrite rough
39.66grams (Slice #3):    $595
Approx 13.6mm thick
Inclusions on part of one side that did not get trimmed out - believed to be insignificant

synthetic alexandrite rough
49.93grams; 5 pieces (Slice #3):    $599
Various thicknesses
Pieces consist of the Core, smaller pieces, some inclusions to one side, slight saw cut

SLICE #2

synthetic alexandrite rough
9.04grams (Slice #2)   $136
Approx 14.7mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
9.98grams (Slice #2) - CORE
Approx 11.5mm thick
Most inclusions have been cut away - center is clean and should cut an oval
SOLD!

synthetic alexandrite rough
10.98grams (Slice #2)    $165
Approx 13.7mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
11.28grams (Slice #2)
Approx 11.4-12.0mm thick
SOLD!

synthetic alexandrite rough
13.82grams (Slice #2):    $180
Approx 14.5-14.9mm thick
TEMP HOLD!(CL)

synthetic alexandrite rough
17.63grams (Slice #2):    $210
Approx 14.8mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
18.27grams (Slice #2): $238
Approx 12.3-13.3mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
19.31grams (Slice #2):    $309
Approx 15mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
21.81grams (Slice #2):    $327
Approx 13.5-14.2mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
24.52grams (Slice #2):    $417
Approx 15.2mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
42.43grams (Slice #2):    $658
Approx 12.1-12.5mm thick

synthetic alexandrite rough
45.51grams; 6 pieces (Slice #2):    $478
Various thicknesses

SLICE #1

synthetic alexandrite rough
8.28grams (Slice #1)
Approx 11mm from point furthest from the core to the cored area
We are cutting this as we have yet to see a finished gem from this new pull...

synthetic alexandrite rough
10.46grams (Slice #1)
Approx 12.0 to 13.5mm thick:   $198

synthetic alexandrite rough
synthetic alexandrite rough
13.63grams - CORE (Slice #1)
Approx 10mm clean section; 13mm thick:   $175

synthetic alexandrite rough
15.09grams (Slice #1)
Approx 10mm in thickest part shown left hand side, top to bottom
Could be good for sculpting/carving or similar.
Under Consideration(LG); to be Shipped or Awaiting Final Acceptance/Approval

synthetic alexandrite rough
28.39grams (Slice #1)
Approx 13.8-14.5mm thick:   $483

synthetic alexandrite rough
31.57grams (Slice #1)
Approx 11.5-13.0mm thick
(Some inclusions off to one side - most likely will cut out or not be an issue)
Under Consideration(LG); to be Shipped or Awaiting Final Acceptance/Approval

synthetic alexandrite rough
32.54grams (Slice #1)
Approx 13.0-14.5mm thick:   $500
(Some inclusions off to one side - most likely will cut out or not be an issue)

synthetic alexandrite rough
37.22grams (Slice #1)
Approx 11.8-13.0mm thick
SOLD!

synthetic alexandrite rough
43.65grams (Slice #1)
Approx 12.4-14.0mm thick
SOLD!

synthetic alexandrite rough
44.66grams (Slice #1)
Approx 14.5-16.2mm thick:   $759

synthetic alexandrite rough
60.91grams (Slice #1)
Approx 10.7-12.5mm thick:   $914

All That Glitters Faceted Large 38.65ct Synthetic Alexandrite
U.S. Lab Grown Genuine Syn Alex Laser Rod Material
large fine U.S. faceted synthetic alexandrite
large fine U.S. faceted synthetic alexandrite
large fine U.S. faceted synthetic alexandrite
A very large Synthetic Alexandrite in a fancy custom emerald shape, faceted by the owner of All That Glitters from All That Glitters rough. Gemstones custom faceted from this rough are typically priced at $100ct - a cutter in the mid-west familiar with this material, has faceted it and has sold it, thought that the price for a fine and/or large gem from this rough should be priced at $125/ct. The retail price on another U.S. grown lab Alexandrite is $360/ct; wholesale is $120/ct, but that material is too dark to produce anything larger than about 4cts. The color change between the two different lab grown material is slightly different, as there are two different applications for the final product - jewelry vs. laser rod material for the cosmetic industry. The laser rod material can be faceted into gemstones as well, and as you can see, can produce some stunning results. (We have both types, with our material coming from Russia in one case and the company that produces the laser rod material is within the United States.)
The color of this particular gemstone can be described in the following way:
1.) First photo shows the gemstone by a window in diffused light - body color is purple with teal highlights reflecting off the internal facets. Our camera captured more bright blue, but the color is more of a teal. In different window lighting, we have seen this teal be more green.
2.) Middle photo was under our office fluorescent lights - shows a body color of purple with a glowing blue off the internal facets. These colors remind us of some of the fine bluish Amethyst that is available on the market. Look through the very center, the table facet, and in the back in two sections, one can see a more green color.
3.) Bottom photo is under incandescent light. It literally glows a bright pink with red flashes.
4.) We have viewed this gemstone under indoor flood lights and the body color seems to take on more of an orangy pink or perhaps orangy purple.
Various body colors will be seen depending on wavelengths available in the existing light source. This gemstone and material would make a great pendant and when worn where the light source is changing as one walks from room to room, will change color depending on the wavelengths available in the light sources as noted. For those admiring the piece of jewelry, it will receive comments and stares as people notice the gemstone looks dramatically different than it did previously. The 100,000 diamond polish adds scintillation on the surface as it is a mirror finish; one has the internal life due to the brilliance itself. You may note the interesting facet pattern on the top and bottom of the gem in the first photo (star burst pattern); this is due to the unique facet arrangement on the back. We have other photos that show this much better, but we chose this photo to represent this gem over the many that were taken. Please excuse dust and fingerprints that may be seen in the photos. At only $100/ct vs. the suggested $125/ct, the price is $3,865. Includes Shipping/Insurance! (synalex-17-01)

synthetic alexandrite

synthetic alexandrite

Example of a 12mm round that we faceted. We are not sure if we oriented it properly, but regardless of this, the color is really nice, the material is clean, etc. This was from a previous pull that was received.


synthetic alexandrite
11.15ct Square Dozen Cut from this rough.
We have the results from two stones being cut from two different orientations. There is also a third orientation to try and again, all kinds of other possibilities if you go off-axis! One orientation yielded the following color change under the lights that we checked: Incandescent light - purplish pink; office fluorescent - purple with tanzanite blue highlights; under a Brinkman Fluorescent light (which we use when purchasing color change rough or color changing stones - teal blue with some purple highlights.
Another stone was cut at a different orientation. It goes from a purplish pink under incandescent, to a green with purple highlights (Brinkman) and under office fluorescent, it is really unusual - one can see green, purple and yellow orange occurring on the diagonals. This could be due to the orientaiton and/or the cut, but the play of color is wonderful. The camera was picking up what the eye was seeing, so no photos exist. It is the same cut (square dozen) and weighed 6.51cts.
Quote from the U.S. Cutter who faceted the two stones from the Pull discussed above: "I felt that the color was very good on both stones.....
I did like the color, even the color change was good. As you had said earlier, the matl. is not as dark as the Russian matl. and will show better in larger stones."



A Customers Faceted Gemstone from All That Glitters Rough Synthetic Alex!
synthetic alexandrite
"I just finished my first stone from the Alexandrite lab rough I purchased from you. Thought you might like to see. 10.19ct, Paver Trilliant design by Jeremy Newman, cut by me... One photo in natural light, other under fluorescent. Nice material!! I have bought some years ago and cut it, not nearly as nice as this."
- Bill Phaklides


Synthetic Alexandrite Set in a Pendant!
synthetic alexandrite pendant


This material is a by-product of laser rod manufacturing. The application of this material as laser rods involves the Medical, Cosmetic, Spectroscopy and Industrial fields.

We purchased a large Pull as seen in the photos above and the pieces of rough below have come from that very piece.. We have sold this material to manufacturers outside the U.S. and it was always by the kilo. The Chinese were also faceting it and selling the cut gems.

We were asked by a number of small businesses and cutters to sell smaller pieces, so this time, we decided that we would break up a pull.

The color under incandescent light is reddish pink; under fluorescent lights, it depends on how one orients the axes. Using a dichroscope, one can see purple, teal, blue, green, orange and yellow. We have cut a few pieces here in the US from a previous pull and it goes from reddish pink to purple with teal - see photo above. At 15+mm in diameter, the color is strong without orientation of the rough. Note that this material is lighter than other Alexandrite out there and it allows one to cut very large stones without the being too dark. It contains less Cr and therefore, has less saturation. The largest faceted gemstone that has been faceted is over 70cts - and it still is not overly saturated! Parcels typically consist of a range of different sized pieces - see the photos above.

Write us for any more info, etc. This is nice material for cutting for your personal use or for resale.

NOTE - This material is generating a lot of inquiries. If these parcels are gone, we will put you on a waiting list for future parcels. Just contact us via email below and let us know that you require! (Wait time in the past has been about 3-6 years or so before we obtained new material in the past)

As some of you already know, other companies offer this material up to twice this price and with that material, one cannot facet larger stones because of the color saturation - NOT this material though........

Most of the material on the market is the darker material which does not allow larger stones to be faceted. Anything larger than 6mm is too dark! Some of these companies are also delivering rough which is only 5-8mm thick - ours is fairly thick , though we have cut a few pieces at 10mm. We will continue to slice at about 12-17mm thick.

What does ON HOLD mean??? People have expressed an interest in purchasing the material and we are currently awaiting payment, verifying payment has been received or awaiting final approval. SOLD indicates the material has been received and accepted.


Interesting Facts:
1.) The Pull seemed to be either a pinkish red or purple prior to cutting. It was difficult to obtain different colors with the dichroscope. As soon as a slice was cut, the dichroic colors that Alexandrite is known to have, appeared - the same exact colors seen in the previous pulls...
2.) Why wasn't this Pull used for Laser Rods. The Chromium content of this material is the same as previously purchased, so that was not an issue. The length of the Pull was too short to be used for laser rod manufacturing - so the Pull was never cored...
3.) One of our cutters used his 630-680nm diode laser and pointed to a faceted gemstone and the rough. The material went from a purplish pink color to blue green and remained like that for a few minutes. Other lasers would most likely have some affect on the color, as one is 'pumping' the atoms of the material. He also saw fringes. This material would most likely be used to create a tuneable laser...
4.) When the Pull has been sliced, holding the slice up to our office fluorescent lights, an orangy color is seen. If held up to outside light and looking through it, one sees a green color. Using the dichroscope looking through the slice, one sees an orange and a teal. Rotating the slice 90 degrees and looking through the edge, the color is Ruby Red!
5.) Down what we believe is the the C/Optic Axis: Teal/Orange
Side: Purple/Orange
90 deg to above: Teal/Purple
Tipping it just right will also give a yellowish green and purple; have seen pure green too. Simply Amazing Material!
6.) We have much fog from the valley outside the windows of our West Coast office. Holding a slice of the rough in front of a window at dusk with the white of the fog acting as a background, a wonderful green color is observed.
7.) A flat screen monitor acts as a dichroscope because of the polarized light. Rotating a slice produces a beautiful teal color and continuing to rotate, the rough turns orange.


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