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Author Topic: 12 HOURS ONLY *inordinately rare transparent labradorite feldspar; very large*  (Read 3770 times)
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March 06, 2012, 03:26:20 PM
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I bought this unbelievable rarity today in the gemstone market here in Bangkok.  I've never seen a transparent gem-quality laboradite feldspar anywhere near this size or quality.  I see huge numbers of gems for sale here in the wholesale markets all day, every day- but this is truly something very special.  I went ahead and got an independent laboratory report that will assure the next owner that an independent gemologist has verified my identification and this is indeed natural labradorite feldspar.  This stone weighs 28.15 carats as you can see on the report below.  What a behemoth!  What really took my breath away after all of the brilliance and color was the incredible custom cutting.  This isn't a native-cut stone but was cut on an index machine- the type of machine that high-end Western and Japanese gemstone cutters use to ensure that every angle is perfect.  The result is astonishing.



As always if you would rather have a GIA laboratory report, or Tokyo Gem Lab, or AIGS, or any of the independent labs that have facilities here in Bangkok (virtually all of them do) I would be happy to get the appropriate report for you for a reasonable fee.  I have confidence in Hallmark as they are very professional and thorough and every stone that I have ever taken there has been properly identified.  Sometimes my customers buy for their clients and they might lean toward one lab or another for marketing preferences which is understandable. 



The straw yellow color is amazing in this very large gemstone.  If you have ever had the experience of looking over a wheat field near harvest time you know this color.  Once the wheat comes off and the stalks of straw are left behind you see that gorgeous yellow carpet rolling toward the horizon.   The way the color and cut work together on this feldspar is really noteworthy as well- as light plays across the stone the facets seem to lighten and darken in a symphony of motion and brilliance. 



I photographed this stone in a variety of positions, different lighting, and with different backgrounds to show you how it has a fabulous presence in virtually any situation.  Whether you view it at home or in the office, inside our outdoors, the unmistakable marks of ultimate quality in cut and color show through.  That is one mark of a truly luxurious gemstone- the ability to be beautiful in any light, and in any circumstance. 



Speaking of "presence"- that is the undefinable characteristic that I look for in every stone that I buy.  It is not just color, not just shape or cut or brilliance, but it is the ability of the stone to communicate with me.  A stone can have many or all of the right things- a beautiful color, a pleasing shape, and lots of brilliance- but might still be a bit of a wallflower because it lacks presence.  Presence is what my clients see when they open the package and take out the stone, and are shocked that it is so much better than the pictures.  This is not unusual.  There is no way that a digital camera can capture presence.  Too many nuances of color and light are missing.  The information is not all there.  But this incredible labradorite has presence in abundance.



Presence goes hand-in-hand with pride.  Whether this stone eventually becomes a piece of heirloom quality jewelry or the centerpiece of a very fine gemstone collection is largely a matter of pride.  As I am a connoisseur of beautiful things I understand pride well.  I might see a fabulous painting in an art musuem, and the presence is there for anyone with taste to see and feel- but pride is hanging that same painting on your own wall.  I love to sell gemstones that people can be proud of, and certainly this is one.



This stone is on auction for 12 hours only.  Starting bid is 190BTC.  This price includes Federal Express delivery and 5,000 USD insurance on the parcel.  It also includes the Hallmark Report.  Any other laboratory report is an additional cost.





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March 06, 2012, 03:33:48 PM
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This auction ends:

Wednesday, March 7th at 03:26:20 AM

This stone was mined between Soanindrariny and Antsirabe, Madagascar.



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March 06, 2012, 08:57:55 PM
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The clarity on this stone is VVS (very very slightly included) so the inclusions are very few and very tiny.  It is not treated in any way.
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March 07, 2012, 08:49:50 PM
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No bids; I will take 180BTC including Federal Express expedited shipping and 5,000 USD insurance.  Insured value and declared value for customs purposes are two different things; you will not have to pay significant import tax on this gemstone.

I am a GIA Graduate Gemologist with eight years experience buying and selling colored gemstones.  If you have any questions at all about this stone or about colored stone in general, including questions about treatment or the supply chain, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.  I am more than happy to answer your questions.  Thailand is the colored gemstone capital of the world; it is estimated that 70% of colored gemstones that sell in Western markets moved through this country.  Because we are based here in Bangkok, my wife and I have a unique advantage in supplying colored gemstones.

Feel free to add me on Facebook- my name is "David B. Fortier" and my avatar there is the same as it is here on the bitcointalk forum.  Also if you go to my blog at tiptopgem.com, you will have a chance to sign up for my newsletter which is sent out maybe 8 times per year.  In the newsletter I cover topics like origin of gemstones, inclusions, gemstone treatments, and current market information regarding colored gemstones here in Thailand.  There are also sometimes stones for sale that are offered nowhere else.

Send me a note and say hello now:  dave@tiptopgem.com

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March 09, 2012, 02:45:09 PM
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I will take 175BTC including Federal Express expedited shipping and 5,000 USD insurance.  Insured value and declared value for customs purposes are two different things; you will not have to pay significant import tax on this gemstone.

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March 11, 2012, 06:58:05 PM
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I will take 170BTC including Federal Express expedited shipping and 5,000 USD insurance.  Insured value and declared value for customs purposes are two different things; you will not have to pay significant import tax on this gemstone.
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March 12, 2012, 12:34:07 AM
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Have you considered putting your stones up on Bitmit?
http://bitmit.net

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March 12, 2012, 01:56:45 PM
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No, I hadn't before- but now I am!
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March 26, 2012, 06:51:35 AM
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I will take 165BTC including Federal Express expedited shipping and 5,000 USD insurance.  Insured value and declared value for customs purposes are two different things; you will not have to pay significant import tax on this gemstone.
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March 29, 2012, 03:21:51 PM
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160BTC including Federal Express expedited shipping and 5,000 USD insurance.  Insured value and declared value for customs purposes are two different things; you will not have to pay significant import tax on this gemstone.
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April 06, 2012, 08:11:22 AM
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155BTC including $5,000 insurance and FedEx.

Please take a look at my Bitmit auctions!

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April 09, 2012, 11:56:04 AM
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150BTC including $5,000 insurance and FedEx.

Please take a look at my Bitmit auctions!

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145BTC including $5,000 insurance and FedEx.

Please take a look at my Bitmit auctions!

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and my tanzanite auction with NO RESERVE:

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April 17, 2012, 10:18:41 PM
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I think you can take "12 hours only" away from the topic since this "auction" has now been going for more than a month.

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April 18, 2012, 05:51:08 AM
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I can't edit topics here- it is disabled.  While the initial auction was 12 hours, I will continue to discount it until it is sold. 
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April 22, 2012, 10:22:40 AM
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I will take 140BTC for this extremely rare gemstone, and I will provide FedEx shipping and $5,000 insurance on the parcel.  Insured value and the value that is declared for customs are two separate amounts!  I have never had a client pay a substantial amount of money to import a gemstone.
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April 26, 2012, 02:43:57 PM
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I will take 137.5BTC for this extremely rare gemstone, and I will provide FedEx shipping and $5,000 insurance on the parcel.  Insured value and the value that is declared for customs are two separate amounts!  I have never had a client pay a substantial amount of money to import a gemstone.
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May 03, 2012, 05:39:55 AM
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DISCOUNTED AGAIN

I will take 135BTC for this extremely rare gemstone, and I will provide FedEx shipping and $5,000 insurance on the parcel.  Insured value and the value that is declared for customs are two separate amounts!  I have never had a client pay a substantial amount of money to import a gemstone.
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May 05, 2012, 08:11:59 PM
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I will take 132.5BTC for this extremely rare gemstone, and I will provide FedEx shipping and $5,000 insurance on the parcel.  Insured value and the value that is declared for customs are two separate amounts!  I have never had a client pay a substantial amount of money to import a gemstone.
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May 07, 2012, 07:42:46 PM
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I will take 132.5BTC for this extremely rare gemstone, and I will provide FedEx shipping and $5,000 insurance on the parcel.  Insured value and the value that is declared for customs are two separate amounts!  I have never had a client pay a substantial amount of money to import a gemstone.


130BTC now and same terms on FedEx and insurance
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