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The joy of buying colored stones

I had a really good day today and I wanted to share it with some of
you. It involved spending a whole bunch of money but it was incredibly
fun. Today I had Jim and Pat Alger (James Alger Co.) come to my store
to sell us stones (we had asked them to). Jim and Pat sell beautiful
material that is excellently cut, not inexpensive, but worth every
penny. My partner and I spent 2 1/2 hours poring (pawing) over their
beautiful material. We picked out stones to go into stock items that
we had sold over Christmas. We bought some wonderful new pairs of
stones to go into some new items and we bought some amazing orange
sapphire and ruby melee to fill in some of our weak areas. One of the
pairs of stones I bought was an incredible pair of 3.3 mm round
alexandrites that have a purple sapphire like color in incandescent
light and a magnificent green color in fluorescent light. While they
didn’t have the reddish/purple I am used to seeing in fine
alexandrites, the color shift was so strong that I just fell in love
with them instantly. For my wife, I bought a beautiful 3.52 carat
antique cushion cut blue tourmaline from the new source in Africa
(the name of the country escapes me at the moment) that has a color
very close to Para Eiba material. My partner got, among other
things, a wonderful pair of 5mm round peach/pink (maybe Padparascha
color–but I am hesitant to use the term) sapphires that were just
absolutely one of a kind. What a wonderful way to spend a
day—looking at amazing, beautiful, magnificently cut gemstones and
being able to buy a few too!

Daniel R. Spirer, GG
Spirer Somes Jewelers
1794 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140


I wholeheartedly agree with your statement here. I bought a
beautiful untreated sapphire from them last year. The only
unfortunate thing about the experience was that I wasn’t the one who
actually sold the ring I put the stone in!