One of our specialities here at Palmetto Gems is colored gemstones, especially the rare exotic colored gemstones that you typically cannot find at the chain store or mall jewelers. While we do have and maintain a large inventory of the more traditional colored gemstones like rubies, sapphires, emeralds and topaz, tanzanite, amethyst, we also go out of our way to find less traditional stones such as tourmaline, ametrine, peridot, and garnets. Some of the more exotic colored gemstones that we have, come from the garnet family of gems. The mandarine garnet is a rich pure orange color – yes garnets come in orange- originally found only in Namibia. Tsavarite garnet is a (lush) bright, pure green color – yep, no kidding, green too – and is a relatively recent find. They are only found in Tanzania near the Kenyan border, in the shadow of Mt. Kilamanjaro. Grape garnets, another member of the garnet family, are a delicious shade of slightly reddish-purple and are difficult to find. One of the most exotic and very rare colored gem stones is the demantoid garnet. Another of the garnet family, this beauty was thought to be “extinct” but was recently rediscovered in its original location of the Ural Mountain region of Russia. This is a spectacular gemstone in a rich yellowish-green color with a dispersion value, (a gemological term for the property of a gem that causes the rainbow, spectral flash that you see in diamonds), higher than that of even diamond, from whence the demantoid derives its name.
Red spinel from Burma (Myanmar) is another amazing and rare gem in the Palmetto Gem inventory. Spinel is found in the same locations as ruby and like ruby, the finest specimens come from Burma. Surprisingly, spinel is about 20 times more rare than ruby, but only about ¼ of the price. You would not learn that from a sales clerk at the mall jeweler. Most likely they would not even known what a spinel is, let alone have one. With the high quality of red spinel that Palmetto Gems carries, only the expert would be able to discern the difference between our red spinel and a fine ruby.
In emeralds, we have a limited supply of absolutely the finest bright green emeralds from Colombia, South America, who sets the standard for the finest quality emeralds in the world. Palmetto Gems has also been able to locate a few calibrated cabochon cut emeralds from Idar-Oberstein, Germany, the world leaders in masterful precision gem cutting and carving. Even more unique, these emerald cabochons have not been treated, which is exceptionally rare for emeralds.
Our mandarine garnets are from the original mandarine garnet mines in Namibia. Our gemologists sought out and found the original mine owners, and were able to hand pick a selection, (or parcel), of mandarins directly from among the finest specimens the owner/operator of the mine had to offer.
Most of the loose colored gemstones in the Palmetto Gems inventory have been hand-selected for their beauty and quality. We do not like to leave to someone else, that part of the process which is the most important step of the gem acquisition process…which is the actual selection of the stones. Our colored gemstones have a story. Call or come in to Palmetto Gems to see our extensive selection of the finest and exotic gems from around the world…and let us tell you their amazing story.