I thought it was neat to see the Chatham lab-created stones in crystal form; they also had some Chatham sapphires and rubies there.
I fell so in love with these amazing sapphires that I had to go online today and find some for myself - mine aren't quite as intensely colored as these, but still really gorgeous. I'm hoping to set them as natural stones, like these (ie unfaceted). Looking forward to experimenting!
We are so lucky in California - just look at this amazing wealth of material right here in our own backyard!
Here I am with a big old chunk of Wyoming jade. Matt took this picture so we could send it to Don Francisco back in Guatemala. :-)