Newest Inventory: Posted 11/05/08



Dear Friends of ACS,

I hope everyone had a pleasant November and a wonderful Thanksgiving.
My faceting during November didn't go as planned because of difficulties
resulting from my cataract surgery.  I didn't think it would have been
too wise to cut smaller stones like the purple sapphire that I had planned
to facet.  Taking photos as been a wee bit of a challenge.  My camera keeps
adjusting its focus and my eyes are doing the same thing!

Site News:

New cabochons will be introduced this Wednesday, December 6th, at 6:00 pm
MST(8:00 Eastern, 7:00 Central, 5:00 Pacific).  One new faceted stone will
be introduced at that time.  This newsletter will be a bit short because
reading the computer screen has been my greatest challenge.  I've gotten
really fast at switching out my three pairs of reading glasses I use at the

New cabochons for December will include an 11.0mm round Sleeping Beauty
turquoise with a beautiful robin's egg blue color.  It will be joined by
a 14x10mm rectangular cushion and a pair of 6.0mm square cushions having
the same color.  Also, a 15.1x 11.1mm rectangular cushion showing a hint of
green and a medium-light 12x10mm oval will be introduced.  My moonstone
supplier just returned from Sri Lanka with some transparent blue moonstones
and I will be be listing a 7.8x6mm oval, an 8.8x7.0mm oval and a 10x8mm
oval. Two bustamites will be offered--an 8x6mm highly translucent oval and
a 15x13.1mm oval which has a coral color.  Two beautiful and unique Oregon
sunstones will be listed which owe their schiller to tiny copper platelets.
One is a 9x7mm oval and the other a 10x8mm oval.  These gems are very
affordable, considering their rarity and beauty and I have to believe that
mining them is a labor of love.  A 10.9mm round aquamarine having the Santa
Maria Afrique color will be offered, as will a top quality aquaprase--a
12.1x 9.6mm rectangular cushion.  A Uruguayan amethyst will be introduced
which has a beautiful reddish purple color.  I'm really not sure why this
gem wasn't faceted. 

The first faceted gem for December is a 7.5mm round tourmaline. It has a color
I haven't been able to get---a medium green which trends toward the blue
rather than to the yellow.  During December I really will facet the purple
sapphire.  I will also cut a Nigerian reddish pink tourmaline, an electric
blue topaz, two Mahenge garnets and an aquamarine from Mozambique. 

December Birthstones: Turquoise, Blue Zircon, Blue Topaz, Tanzanite

Monthly Special:       Tanzanite

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday season.  Please pay a visit to  and have a great time welcoming in 2018!

Warm Regards,


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