Previous Pull Received
(Intel Web Cam)
Previous Pull Showing Removal of Laser Rods
(rotated 90 degrees from photo above) (Intel Web Cam)
|2008 Pulled Synthetic Alexandrite - ALL photos of available rough below have come from this piece. (Canon Camera)|
|2008 Pulled Synthetic
Alexandrite - Flash light shining through
length. Note the clarity - the detail of the
flashlight and bulb can be clearly seen.(Canon Camera)
|Above photo is from
the 2008 Pull - the rough is for sale below.
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. When we trim,
we trim out the core and the surrounding inclusions
as one piece and offer it at a greatly reduced
price. Included areas have made nice cabs in
|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.
|39.88grams - $698
Note - glassy area is not a chip and doesn't go into the piece - it actually comes out of the piece.
This can be ground or cut off; better than an issue going into the piece...
You can see another view of this in the photo of the 398gr slice this was trimmed from (see photo above).
ON HOLD!(DA) Being Shipped and Awaiting Final Approval.
|40.64grams - $711
Approx 10-12mm thick
ON HOLD!(SB) Being Shipped and Awaiting Final Approval.
|43.89grams - $768
Approx 12.5mm thick
ON HOLD!(MS) Being Shipped and Awaiting Final Approval.
|47.55grams - $832
Approx 13.5-15mm thick
ON HOLD!('GLT') Being Shipped and Awaiting Final Approval
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.
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
|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
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
|"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
- Bill Phaklides
|Synthetic Alexandrite Set in a 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
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.
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
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.
Shipping and insurance:
Domestic (U.S.) - $17.50 for orders under $500; $25 for orders over $500
International - Contact us for a price quote of shipping method, insurance, etc.
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The material above is from a recent Pull that took us 3-4 years of waiting for. This material is currently available, but it was requested many years ago. After this Pull has been sliced, cut and trimmed, we do not know what the future holds, but if available, the prices might be slightly higher.
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