AZGem Gems
August 2011


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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.


Citrine Jewelry Is Bold and Beautiful


  citrine jewelry is bold and beautiful


Citrine jewelry is bold and beautiful, and it's my answer to this month's featured question.

The reader wants to know...

What colored gem should I feature in my jewelry in response to current economic realities? I need to compete for every dollar that customers have available to spend on gifts. Economic conditions in my market are very tough -

  • Serious unemployment and under-employment

  • Utilities and other living expenses are rising

  • City taxes and fees are also rising

  • Few of my customers are looking at gold jewelry today. Sterling silver is now the preferred jewelry metal for my customers. I also offer 14K gold and gold filled jewelry, but sterling seems to be where my customers are more comfortable now.

    As you would expect, moderate gem price is a necessity.

    Just as some gems look better in yellow gold, what single gem do you recommend to get more "pop" when mounted in sterling?




    citrine jewelry is bold and beautiful


    The writer did not specify any gemstone characteristics. I must assume she assumed I would recommend a gemstone with chrematistics suitable for everyday wear in rings.

    A hardness of 6 or more

    Tough, resists scratches and chipping

    Pleasing, vibrant color

    Accepts a high polish

    Clean, transparent gemstones available in a range of sizes

    Contrasts well with mountings of white metal


    I believe citrine fits these requirements nicely. Citrine is one of the several facet grade gem quartz varieties. 

    Citrine offers a hardness of 7

    Color saturated crystals ranging from yellows, to rich golds, to vibrant oranges, to fiery red-browns

    Occurs in a range of crystal sizes with few inclusions

    Very moderate price

    Citrine jewelry is bold and beautiful. As  shown in the photo above, citrine works really well with sterling silver mountings, and I believe that fulfills the reader's desire for "pop" from a jewelry piece.

    The photo below demonstrates my point regarding the desired contrast between gemstone and the color of the jewelry metal surrounding the stone.


    citrine jewelry is yellow gold


    The citrine tends to blend and become overpowered when surrounded by too much yellow metal. For those people really desiring to stay with mountings in yellow metal, a couple of solutions come to mind:

    Limit the amount of yellow surrounding the stone (see top photo)

    Separate the yellow mounting from the citrine gemstone with accent gems in white (colorless) or even darker colors such as amethyst. 

    Moderately priced accent gemstones are also readily available. Natural white gems such as zircon, topaz, quartz, and sapphire work well. These natural stones in melee sizes provide the desired additional sparkle in jewelry pieces designed to include accents.

    Citrine jewelry is bold and beautiful, and as you would expect, I have many loose (unmounted) quality, natural citrine gems in numerous shapes and sizes. Let me know what you're interested in.




    Photo Information

    Top - Pear shaped citrine with minimal yellow gold mounting and diamond cut round, white zircon accent gem.

    Next - Beautiful oval shaped orange citrine and round topaz accents in sterling silver. This photo was supplied to us by an Asian manufacturer in a sales offer.

    Next - Yellow gold ring overpowering citrine center stone. This photo was also supplied to us by an Asian manufacturer in a sales offer.

    Below - Citrine special offer. A parcel of "native cut" round shaped citrine stones with great color.

    Lower -Graceful open heart pendant with gemstone. 




    Site Build It!


    A Google search using keywords such as citrine hardness or citrine colors can return some very interesting information and websites.




    Gem Offer


    citrine rounds special offer


    Readers have requested that I offer a special deal on a different gem (or easily affordable finished jewelry piece) in each newsletter.

    We keep gem prices low by buying quality gemstone rough worldwide, and having the rough material cut by our gem cutters in Asia. On occasion a new cutter's production work will fall short of the sample cuts submitted. That is the case with this month's special offer.

    I have a parcel of 7 mm citrine rounds with good color (and below standard cutting) for a fantastic price. These stones are perfect for an artisan's use. They are also large enough to be perfect for re-cutting or faceting training. 

    Citrine parcel

    Very good color

    Shape:   Round, diamond cut

    Size:   7 mm

    Parcel size: 42 pieces, 50 carats

    Price:   $30 for the entire parcel

    Send me an email (with anti-spam) and tell me that you want this large citrine parcel.

    For those who missed out on the April special, I now have received several matched pairs from the cutter. The April feature was a matched pair of flawless and colorless (white) zircons, the recognized natural substitute for diamonds. 


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    Gem Industry News


    National Internet Sales Tax Bill Introduced in Congress

    Main Street Fairness Act


    The "Main Street Fairness Act,” was introduced in Congress July 29, 2011, by three Democrats. The bill was introduced by Senator Dick Durbin (Ill) and Congressmen John Conyers (Mich.) and Peter Welch (Vt.).

    The bill’s sponsors called the legislation a matter of fairness that would provide local governments with much-needed revenue.

    Under this bill, online retailers, mail order and TV 1-800 sellers. catalog merchants, and similar operations must collect required local taxes at the point of purchase. As most everyone knows, local taxes vary by city, county, state, and transaction class.

    The proposal has received kudos from an unexpected source -, which has 'til now opposed most efforts to collect sales tax on a local level. “ has long supported a simple, nationwide system of state and local sales tax collection,” Paul Misener, the company’s vice president for global public policy, said in a letter to Durbin. “To this end, I am writing to thank you for your bill.”

    The jewelry industry association Jewelers of America has pushed for taxes on internet jewelry sales for several years. “Jewelers of America applauds the efforts to level the playing field between traditional retailers and their online counterparts with Friday’s introduction of the Main Street Fairness Act,” said CEO Matthew A. Runci. 

    An alternative taxing scheme talked about by some Washington politicians is a federal sales tax (in addition to local sales taxes) with the money going to Washington.

    All of these schemes are bad news for consumers and internet merchants, in my myopic view.



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    Jewelry Dealers


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    An ailing economy is an opportunity for independent jewelry dealers to help their customers... and to help themselves.

    People still want and need jewelry. Gift occasions, people building and refreshing their wardrobe, and see it - like it - buy it purchases are all sales opportunities for you.

    An ailing economy isn't a deal killer when you offer quality, service, and low prices.

    Be The Quality Jewelry Discounter.


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