Jeffrey Bergman has been collecting trapiche sapphires for over a decade and has assembled the largest collection known, rivaling the quality of pieces in the finest museum collections.

While the vast majority of trapiche sapphires are either opaque blackish blue with gray spokes or translucent dark gray on light gray, very occasionally, he would acquire a translucent gemmy vivid blue on snow white trapiche sapphire.  


The collection  on display at the Gem & Jewelry Exchange (GJX) in Tucson this year was made up of  is comprised of several dozen of the typical opaque or gray type trapiche sapphires...but then there were three of gem quality; a 3.90ct and an 8.70 carat gem with GIA reports, and an extraordinary 36.16 carat gem with GRS and Gubelin lab reports.  

His collection was on display at GJX in booth 106 with Mauro Panto of "The Beauty In The Rocks". With price points ranging from a few hundred dollars per piece to many thousands per carat I am sure that he was quite successful.

GRS gave a special comment “unusual translucent vivid blue color zoning” and Gubelin wrote one of their coveted full page appendixes where they call it an “extremely rare” and remarkable gemstone”.

The Gubelin lab report and appendix:

“The Spanish word trapiche, cogwheel in English, designates the agricultural tool which in former days was used to crush sugarcane. In the world of gems the same term is used for gemstones which show a characteristic six-rayed star pattern in cross-section. 

For a long time this peculiar appearance was only known from emerald, and is due to bands of dark inclusions which radiate from the center of the crystal – the optic axis – to the crystal faces. Only in the past twenty years other trapiche gemstones have been discovered, namely trapiche ruby, trapiche tourmaline, and trapiche sapphire. 

While the trapiche affect of tourmaline and ruby is caused by similar inclusions as in the trapiche emeralds, the trapiche effect in sapphires is due to a strong color banding parallel to the hexagonal growth zoning. The blue color is mostly concentrated along the angles of the crystal forming a blue star, while white zones are found between the star segments. Such trapiche sapphires are only known from Burma and are extremely rare.


This 36.16 natural sapphire described in the above mentioned Gubelin Gem Lab Report displays a distinct and well centered star. In addition, this remarkable gemstone has been spared thermal treatment. Such a combination of characteristics is very rare in Burmese sapphires of this size.”



This stunning example was featured in the Las Vegas Show report by Gary Roskin in the Summer/Fall edition of the 2013 Prism magazine (a production of AGTA).  The extra fine  trapiche sapphire is 12.29 carats, set in white gold  and flanked with asteraited diamonds.
You can find Jeffery Bergman at:
jeffery@primagem.com
http://www.primagem.com/

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#AGTA - The Tanzanite Foundation Presents The Maasai Ladies Project



In the Hall as you enter the AGTA GemFair is what I refer to as 
the Hall of Learning, Support and Publications...
one of the agencies represented is the Tanzanite Foundation. 
 This year they had a great display of tumbled Tanzanite nugget jewelry 
that was hand crafted by the local Masai women...
a new project to provide a steady income stream
 for the women and their families.

A little bit about the ladies from their website...




In the village of Nasinyai - just outside the tanzanite mining area - 
a group of ladies gather together to make spectacular jewellery 
with wire and tanzanite donated by TanzaniteOne. 
Each piece is 100 % handcrafted and all proceeds are reinvested back into the project.





Formed in 2012, the ladies were tutored by renown gem carver Naomi Sarna 
in the art of wire wrap jewellery making, and after a period of learning 
now create stunning one-of-a-kind pieces 
which are sold through The Tanzanite Experience boutiques in Africa, 
Television Shopping and will soon be available online


This gem of an idea was conceived by The Tanzanite Foundation
and now donations of time and skill by others - such as Adam Woodhams, 
a local photographer who manages the project in Tanzania, 
and TanzaniteOne Staff who tumble the stones - mean the project is now 
creating a steady income to help the ladies support their families. '
Special thanks to TV network The Liquidation Channel for their on going support.


To catch up with the latest, visit the The Maasai Ladies Facebook Page 


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#JCKTucson #TucsonGemShow – JCK Conquers Tucson – The Luxury Floor!

April 2, 2014

One amazing gem after the other – and I am VERY happy to report, lots of COLOR!  A HUGE Trend that I hope to see more of going forward was Cabochon gems…but the slices and rose cuts don’t appear to be slowing down at all!The ornate and colorful …

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#TucsonGemShow – Master Cutter and a "Prospector" on the Weather Channel Display Record Topaz in Tucson

March 13, 2014

One of TV’s “Prospectors”, Richard Fretterd, Shows Record Topaz in Tucsonby Christine FordA Woodland Park prospector and a Sedona gemologist set the gem and mineral world to talking at the recent Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Richard Fretterd displ…

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#TucsonGemShow – JTV Talks Tucson Finds – The Rare & The Beautiful

March 11, 2014

Jewelry Television Announces Key Finds from the Tucson Gem, Fossil & Mineral Show

JTV showcases upcoming trends from ‘Rock Center’

Jewelry Television (JTV) announced key trends and product acquisitions made recently at the largest gemstone event in the world, the Tucson Gem, Fossil & Jewelry Show in Arizona. As one of the largest retailers of gemstones in the world, JTV scours the show each year searching for new gemstone materials and unique stones to bring back to eager collectors.
Key gemstone buys included: 
  • Sphalerite – this gem has four times the light dispersion of a diamond and it comes from a famous Spanish mine originally sealed in 1989.
  • Colombian Emerald – this emerald sets the standards to which all other emeralds are measured. As it has become more difficult to source, JTV was pleased to find this gemstone available.
  • Bixbite – An all-American beauty and one of the rarest gems in the world, bixbite is always difficult to attain. Found only in the Wah Wah Mountains of Utah, it is estimated that only one blood-red bixbite crystal is found for every 150,000 diamonds.
  • Chromium Kyanite – With color and rarity rivaling blue alexandrite in daylight, the chromium kyanite gems come from Orissa, India. This natural untreated gem’s unique color is due to a rare combination of trace elements and is sure to excite collectors.
  • Bixbite from jtv.com
  • Purple and Blue Spinel – Nicknamed “Gem Island,” Sri Lanka is a natural treasure trove of gemological wonders and our buyers discovered rare, untreated purple and blue spinel from this storied locale. The exceptional brilliance, paired with highly saturated hues, set them apart from all other gems on the planet today.
“Our buyers noted that worldwide demand for colored gemstones is on the rise,” said Jill Johnson, vp of marketing at JTV. “We canvas the world to stay on top of emerging trends, discover rare gemstones, and make them accessible to anyone who love to collect or create their own jewelry masterpieces.”
For more specific information on the gemstones cited above, refer to JTV’s extensive online Learning Library.
JTV offers more ways to shop. Check your local television listings, shop online at jtv.com or download free mobile shopping apps for the iPhone, Android, and iPad.
About Jewelry Television®
Jewelry Television® (JTV) is one of the largest multichannel retailers of jewelry and gemstones in the U.S. appealing to fashion-conscious women, jewelry-making enthusiasts and private collectors. The privately-held shopping network broadcasts high definition programming, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to more than 80 million U.S. households. Committed to consumer education, the network employs numerous Graduate Gemologists and Accredited Jewelry Professionals. JTV.com offers the most comprehensive jewelry and gemstone Learning Library on the internet, and is the third largest jewelry website according to Internet Retailer’s Top 500 Guide for 2012
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Milenyum Mining Makes Csarite™ Donation to Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection

March 7, 2014

Milenyum Mining Donates Important Csarite™ Gemstones 

to the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection


The Smithsonian Institution’s National Gem Collection, housed at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. is the new home to two rare and significant Csarite™ gemstones, after a donation by ilenyum Mining, Ltd. Csarite™ is an unusual gem quality, color-change diaspore actively mined at only one global source in the Anatolia Mountains of Turkey. The donation was presented at the AGTA Tucson GemFair and accepted by Dr. Jeffrey Post, curator of the National Gem Collection.


Dr. Jeffrey Post, Curator and Russell Feather, Gem Collection Manager, accepting the donation of Csarite™ gemstones to the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection during the AGTA GemFair in Tucson, February 2014.

“Large color-change diaspore gemstones are rare, indeed,” stated Post. “The 159.33 carat cats eye cabochon and 44.48 carat faceted oval are both significant upgrades to the collection, so we are very appreciative of the contribution.”

Murat Akgun, president of Milenyum Mining adds “To our knowledge, currently there are fewer than twenty faceted Csarite™ gemstones in the world that have a weight of 40 carats and above. Given the rarity of this unusual gem, we feel the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection is a fitting home for two of the few examples available in this size and quality.”

MML is the world’s only actively-mining source supply of Turkish diaspore, a natural, unenhanced colored gemstone. Responsible for cutting and marketing of this phenomenal gemstone, MML’s mission is to introduce gem and jewelry connoisseurs around the globe to Turkish diaspore’s unique beauty and rarity. MML is a member of The International Colored Gemstone Association.

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Gem and Mineral Collection consists of approximately 350,000 mineral specimens and 10,000 gems, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world. It is the home of the Hope Diamond, one of the most visited museum objects in the world.

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In "Honoring Scruff" Guest Author Christine Ford Talks Moving Richard Fretterd’s 300+lb Smoky

March 7, 2014

This year at Tucson we had the pleasure of meeting some of our favorite “Prospectors” from The Weather Channel program of the same name – Guest Writer Christine Ford writes about the donation and move of Richard Fretterd’s 300 + lb Smoky and in Pa…

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#TucsonGemShow – JCK Tucson – Design Center

February 20, 2014

You would never have known that the JCK Tucson Show was in its FIRST year!  …aside from the expected slow traffic on the opening day for AGTA GemFair Tucson – the show floor was very busy – especially the lower level!

There are several reasons for this but first and foremost it was the quality Brands represented…starting with the stunning Designers featured in the Design Center upstairs…just a few that caught my eye!

The fabulous award winning Arizona Designer Erik Stewart has definitely settled into a “style” all his own! 
Erik’s design concepts stem from the vivid imagery from his engagements with music, visual and performing arts (wife is a dancer), food, and travel. His strong affinity for geometry within nature, minimalistic elegance, and transforming complexity into simplicity are significant motifs in all of his jewelry. The ESJ brand is innovative, conceptual, and dynamic.
With the objective of challenging and expanding notions of jewelry design by the jewelry industry, retail market, and himself, Erik Stewart welcomes every publishing/educating opportunity. Areas of expertise that he can speak on include: jewelry design, design process, jewelry aesthetics, computer aided design (Matrix), gemology, and the relationship of architecture and jewelry.
“My concepts reflect my lifelong story. The elements are purposeful and intentional expressed as Art for the Body.” -Erik Stewart, G.G.

Vasant Designs – Acclaimed jewelry designer Vasant has been a citizen of the world her entire life, and yet, it wasn’t until her decade long annual visits to India began that her inspirations blossomed in to a lifelong artistic quest for perfection. She soon found herself pouring through trays of precious and semi precious stones in search of perfect adornments for herself, her friends and her clientele.

She loves to see how women “know” exactly which stone and piece is right for them. Whether it is the depth of the color or complementary properties of the corresponding stone, she looks for the exact qualities inherent within the gem and its bearer. “Somehow, it’s always the right fit! I get so much pleasure out of seeing my designs light up a beautiful woman and in turn to see how her natural beauty makes my creations even more stunning to the eye.”   http://www.vasantdesigns.com/

The always amazing ALISHAN!  Alishan Halebian is one of the most original artists creating and pursuing his own vision in jewelry. Being a self-taught goldsmith, his treatment of precious metals is masterly. Using sophisticated techniques, he creates seemingly weightless pieces, capturing metallic beauty in a luxe look with textures set to thrill and inspire.

Alishan’s Armenian heritage brings the philosophies of two world cultures, East and West together, which burst into creative expression of style in his distinctive collections. His discerning clientele are attracted to his designs for their notably individual characteristics and emotions, confronting line and form. 
…jewelry for a sophisticated wearer; strong, accomplished, appreciates graceful beauty and elegance, a person with confidence, style and taste.   http://www.alishanonline.com/ 

GELLNER jewelry is an alliance between the creative power of nature and the formative power of design. Close cooperation with internationally renowned jewelry designers, together with ideas from our own goldsmith studio, are what give the Spirit of Pearls its uniqueness.  http://www.gellner.com/

The gem laden work of Laura Gibson - Laura Gibson is inspired by color. It is the language she uses to create her beautiful pieces. Vibrant, joyful color juxtapositions are her forte. Her pieces speak an elegance that is unique; texture and subtleties of color are combined together in true artistry. Her work is worn by the young and old alike. She is the 2006 winner of the Retailers Award for Color; and a 2007 winner of the “Designers of the 21st Century” award, by JQ magazine. Today, Laura Gibson creations are carried by galleries and fine jewelers across the country. Each necklace bears an “LG” signature clasp, as a guarantee of authenticity.    http://www.lauragibson.com/

  
California Designer David Heston’s Heston Designs – His original works are a daring mix of sterling silver, 18k gold, rubber, diamonds, and colored stones. A former sculpture Heston shares, “Jewelry has endless possibilities of shapes and forms, like sculpture. I’m seduced by the medium.” 
Holding a B.A. degree in Fine Arts from the University of Arizona and a Graduate Gemology Degree from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Heston’s designs continue to redefine cutting edge style. “I attempt to strike the perfect balance between bold and sculptural.”

“I gather inspiration from all works of art both classical and modern, but my style is truly my own. I hope I will be able to evolve and surprise for the next 50 years.” With lifestyle in mind David’s jewelry is meant to be worn all the time, transitioning from casual to formal wear with ease.  Both men and women’s fashion continues to evolve, I hope to be ahead of that curve. His recently launched line of rubber, sterling and diamonds is indeed doing just that—

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#TucsonGemShow – About these reports….

February 20, 2014

As most of you who have followed my blog know, in years past I posted daily reports from the shows, unfortunately, with the addition of new shows and new night time events, that has proven to be almost impossible.So – I have been Instagramming and drop…

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#TucsonGemShow – Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show – NOW OPEN

February 7, 2014

I have made no secret of the fact that I LOVE THIS SHOW! …and with the 2012 addition of the International Mineral Hall it approaches perfect!I have so many favorites at this show that I could easily bore you to tears! So hear are just a few off the…

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