my tucson show rough report
Opals, blacks opals, amethystine sagenite agate, blue agate, green
unknown, green unknown with hematitie, lapis, pink opal, meteorites,
australian ribbon jasper, black jade, smithsonite/hematite, and
… the list goes on. truely rock buyers paradise.
I found that the rough sales price has absolutely no relationship to
the finished gem price - sometimes the rough sells for 5 times what
the finished stone will go for (these are the deals that I do not
complete), and sometimes the best gems comes from places you would
never expect! why is it that the best deals are $0.80 per pound? I
carved that one, put it with 14kt surface depleted, a few diamonds,
and the results were quite worthwhile.
So, beauty truely is where you find it.
Mark Zirinsky, Denver
’private cutter buying rough and collections’