Ithought you would be in Brazil about now. I'm glad to hear that you plan to
go to the source, Piaui, to look into the opal situation there. As I wrote to
you before, the Ausies have jacked the price of rough so high that the time
is right for someone to come into the US market to supply small time & hobby
cutters with decent material at a fair price. Time is of the essence though
because people are finding other things to do, the customer base may be
Interesting comments, you made, about the tourmaline. I wish some of that
Brazilian tourmaline that you say is good as or better than Pala CA
tourmaline would make it to the West coast shows. I go to a lot of these and
most of the Brazilian Tourmaline (cut and rough) shown at these events is
pretty awful in comparison to the material from Pala CA. As you know the Pala
mines are in a pretty low production mode making this a niche player area.
The fact that the Pala tourmaline does not need to be cooked and/or nuked to
achieve it's unique pink tone(s) makes it all the more desirable, to me
anyway. BTW, how stable is the color of that Brazilian baked/nuked
Tourmaline? I ask, because other stones, ie:topaz, that have been heat and
radiation treated fade or change if exposed to sunlight too long (Count
Be sure to let us know what you find out about the Brazilian opal.
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Seems to me that the price to quality ratio of Australian opal rough has
taken a real turn for the worse of late. I think it is causing a lot of
time U.S. dealers to throw in the towel. Many U.S. "hobby" Cutters also seem
to be abandoning opal altogether or are switching to more "predictable"
material for this reason. Anyone have some thoughts on this or perhaps some
Ilive within an easy drive of one of California's premier Tourmaline mines.
go there to buy rough pink tourmaline. If you don't know already, this is
the best pink tourmaline on the world, Bubble gum pink, no brownish cast
that stuff from S.A. My sons and I facet this material (to order if
we cut for brilliance not weight. Anyone interested in purchasing some of
I would like to hear more about the Opal rough situation,as my knowledge is
limited and hearing similar complaints form clients,I plan to go to the
State of Piaui soon to look into Brazillian Opal.
Pala Tourmaline is wonderful,but I would say you are not familiar with the
hot Pinks and Reds out of the Cruzeiro mine in Brazil,and same for the
material coming out of Arasuai.Quite better than Pala,and a lot more
The brownsih Pinks you are refering to,I assume are the newer material from
Morro Redondo.This rough is easily treatable to fine pure Pinks and Reds
with a combination of heat treatments and irradiation.Would you like me to
here the current mining productions and the formula's for treatment of this
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