Sarah mentioned the different crystal structures of quartz, the smallest being chalcedony and the largest being quartz crystals such as citrine and amethyst.
I received an interesting phone call earlier in the summer. Steve had seen my post on the Dom Pedro, the largest cut aquamarine in the world. The Dom Pedro was cut by German gem cutter, Bernd Munsteiner. Steve owns another Bernd Munsteiner sculpture that had been on display at the GIA museum. He asked if GIA could send the sculpture to me so that I could give it to him on his trip through Colorado to see Bernd Munsteiner. It was a strange request, but I was happy to oblige under the agreement that I could take photos and write about the sculpture here in my blog.
I was a little nervous even handling this delicate sculpture long enough to take photos as it’s estimated value is in the 5-figure range. To be continued…
Author: Michelle M. Rahm is a GIA-trained Graduate Gemologist and is President of Colorado’s Mile High Chapter of the GIA Alumni Association. She has been selling gemstones and jewelry online since 1997. Visit her websites JewelryImpressions.com and OurCustomWeddingRings.com