This collection presents mostly « rare gems » or « collector gems », more often not used in jewellery because of rarity or hardness. Rarity is due to the quantity available, or a rare color, source or inclusion, or the difficulty to cut the rough into a faceted gem. Microphotographies are taken with an old Olympus microscope and an iphone. These gems are not for sale, but some extra specimens may be available. The collection is visible but stored in a specific location, so please contact me for an appointment.
Some members of the group are famous for their beautiful schiller effect, like Moonstone and Sunstone.
- A top quality moonstone fro Sri Lanka with the very top blue Schiller effect, probably from Meetiyagoda village.
A rainbow moonstone from Sri Lanka. Microscope view shows the different layers of feldspars creating the adularescense effect.
Rainbow Lattice Sunstone was discovered in 1985 at the Rainbow Serpent Mine, Australia. Inclusions are made of Hematite (triangles and blades) and Magnetite (platelets).
Good specimens with large size, good colors and good pattern are very expensive as a single company sells most of the production. Some acceptable specimen can be found from other dealers time to time, like this one who was associated to the original discovery.