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Watermelon Tourmaline

Posted January 31, 2006 By AussieSapphire

Tourmaline is such an exciting gemstone, they are a must for every cutter or collector. No two stones are exactly the same and a well cut gemstone is always spectacular. As mentioned in a recent post, we have just received a shipment of excellent quality tourmaline. Tourmaline is such an interesting gem, you could write a book about it – we cant manage a book but will try and do a more detailed article on tourmaline soon.

However, while grading this new parcel, we did find an excellent example of watermelon tourmaline that we thought would make a good subject for a blog post.


Watermelon tourmaline, as the name indicates, is a crystal with a greenish outside “rind” and a pinkish-red interior. These types of tourmaline are often cut in thin slices to display the colour layers to best advantage but are also cut into faceted gemstones which are unusual and beautiful. May also be kept in the rough by collectors who appreciate these tricks of nature. Alternatively, these crystals can feature in amazing pieces of jewellery.

In good examples such as this one, there is a third lighter coloured layer between the green and red. This stone is notable for the strength of the colours but without being overdark or closed on the C-axis. If you would like to see more details on this stone, see the online listing #172  NOW SOLD.

Watermelon tourmaline is very popular because of its unique mix of colours, but also because of its metaphysical properties. Some people believe that this type of tourmaline is harmonising and works to balance the immune system and metabolism. The colours present in watermelon tourmaline are thought to represent different but complementary things – the pink symbolises deep spiritual love and passion while the green represents the physical heart, the will to live, and the healing of emotional pain. According to legend, all colors of tourmaline protect the wearer against many dangers and misfortune – tourmaline dispels fear, negativity and grief. Tourmaline is the birthstone for October and the anniversary gemstone for the 8th year of marriage.

We will be listing more great tourmaline soon including some excellent pink tourmaline – this lot is particularly fine due to its great clarity and will cut some great gems so keep a watch out for this. Take a look at our Imported Rough section for these items.

cheers from now from Aussie Sapphire

Exciting new rough in stock

Posted January 31, 2006 By AussieSapphire

Just unpacked our latest shipment of imported rough and there are some really great pieces in this lot. No time now to go into details but took a quick picture of the bulk lot to whet your appetite.

Some fantastic tourmaline in this lot including excellent pinks, greens and other types. Some beautiful aquamarine with nice colour with one particular huge piece of 150 carats of great blue. A great lot of African amethyst with lovely deep rich purple colour and some nice Fanta orange spessartite garnet.

We will be cataloguing this material over the next week or so and will be hoping to put some up online as soon as possible. If you are interested in buying a parcel, just give us a call to discuss details – we can offer attractive pricing on trade size parcels. Remember though, our individual pieces are also great value for the cutter or collector so keep a close eye on our Ebay Store over coming weeks.

Cheers for now from Aussie Sapphire

Valentine’s Day Suggestions

Posted January 28, 2006 By AussieSapphire

Valentine's Day is a wonderful occasion to show your loved one how much they mean to you – and you can't go wrong with a gift of jewellery!

Why not show your love with the extra touch of jewellery with its own story rather than mass-produced look alike pieces. A gift of handmade, limited edition jewellery will show that nothing is too much trouble.

At Aussie Sapphire, every piece we create is like a living thing. We dig the rough gems from beneath the earth to reveal the soul of the stone. We then bring it to life as a gemstone with the best faceting possible to give it heart. Of course one needs more and so a body is lovingly crafted to enhance its beauty. Our designs are carefully planned with soul, heart and body. Remember though that true beauty has character and class – each one of our gems is truly individual complementing each piece with their own style. The last and most important element is love – a gift given with love to complete the process.

There is a huge range of options when choosing a Valentine's Day gift. Heart shaped pieces of jewellery are certainly appropriate and we have a number of simple and affordable designs available now which may be of interest:

Heart shaped sterling silver pendant with matching earrings.
Simple open heart pendant in sterling silver with small centre sapphire.

For something a little more elaborate in gold, this design featuring marquise sapphires may be in order. Remember sapphires symbolise fidelity and sincerity – the perfect message for a Valentine's Day gift.

We have other designs available now on our Ebay Shop or browse our wide selection in the Jewellery Catalogue – contact us if you are interested in any of these pieces.

hat's all for now from Aussie Sapphire and enjoy Valentine's Day.

Sapphire Still Number 1

Posted January 26, 2006 By AussieSapphire

The latest retail survey carried out by Colored Stone confirms the popularity of sapphire among retail buyers of coloured gemstones. Sapphire retains its number 1 spot in the Top 10 list – given the fantastic qualities of this gemstone, we do not expect this to change. However, the survey reveals some interesting trends with emerald losing popularity and some of the more affordable semi-precious gems climbing the Top 10 rankings.

All this is good news for the gemstone buyer as increased interest in the huge variety of coloured gemstones means that a trip to your local jewellery store is much more likely to have spectacular choice in colour and style. Add some colour to your life !

Very interesting reading with comments from prominent retailers and designers along with fascinating charts exploring these recent retail market trends. Check it out:

Semi Precious Revenge – Annual Retail Survey by Colored Stone.

Feel free to contribute your comments and thoughts on this topic. Remember to browse our Ebay Store for rough and cut gems of a variety of colours including the ever-popular sapphire.
Cheers for now from Aussie Sapphire

Going International

Posted January 26, 2006 By AussieSapphire

After good sales into many other countries you may notice that some of our auctions are now being listed on Ebay UK in pounds sterling (GBP). Australian buyers should not be concerned that they cannot bid on these auctions – any of our items are available to buyers from anywhere in the world. Make sure you check our Ebay Store for details on all our listings.

Australian buyers will be charged our normal postage rate of $6 AU for registered mail as always (this charge includes padded secure package). You will be sent a total in Australian dollars based on the exchange rate calculated by Ebay at the end of the auction. When looking at items listed in other currencies, Ebay also displays an estimate of the item in your currency so please note the estimated amounts in Australian dollars as you bid.

International buyers can just bid as normal and payment through your PayPal account will take care of any exchange rate issues. All overseas buyers are charged our standard international postage rate – parcels are sent by registered airmail and includes insurance to the value of $100 AU. The process is quite simple so feel free to bid or buy it now from wherever you are.

That is all for now from Aussie Sapphire