Well, the owner of All That Glitters couldn't help but wonder and hope that a Neon Orange Zircon as seen in a photo online, was indeed as neony orange as the photo showed. After all, the description by the company selling it stated "Vibrant Orangey Pink", so even if the photo was off slightly, this stone sounded like it would glow!
If the Zircon was true to the photo and
description, it would be a real find, as this color would be
unique. Like all gemstones, there are sometimes those
very rare and special in size, color and clarity - this is
Glitters' forte. This is also why trade magazines,
other magazines, newspapers and even books on gemstones have
gemstones from All That Glitters:
< Recent or to be Published ATG Gemstones >
We were skeptical because when ones sees an overseas company
company for that matter), whose
garnets, zircons, tourmaline, quartz and many other
unusual colors that the owner of All That Glitters had never
over 30 years in the gemstone business, one has to asssume
colors have been enhanced. The Zircon was purchased and
as has always been the case in the past when something
similar had been
seen online, it was a disappointment. The color was
not neon, it
was not vibrant, it was not Orange really at all. It
was a more
saturated color and at best, could be described as a smoky
Under certain lights, it is quite sparkly and more of a
of a Zircon. We can purchase similar rough, and by the
finish faceting it, our cost and price to the public would
be less than
what we paid for this piece - but still not bad for someone
retail market who wanted a Zircon of this color.
However, this is
the not color described or in the photo.
Below, are photos of the Zircon discussed above:
|On the left is the photo appearing online; on the right is the actually gemstone that we photographed. Described as a Vibrant Orangey Pink, we would describe it as a smoky peach. It is a difficult color to describe, but it is certainly not a Vibrant Orangy Pink as described or as photographed!|
Before this page went active online, we decided to purchase a purple Tourmaline. It was guaranteed to be an accurate photo, and the color was verifed as being purple. Below, is the photo as it appears online, and on the right hand side is the gemstone that was received - a far cry from the photo or even the purple that they had said it was when an email was sent prior to purchase:
We personally realize that everyones monitor is different, and everyones color perception differs. How businesses can believe that they can modify a photo so dramatically, as to create a gemstone that doesn't exist, and expect the customer to be happy, is beyond our comprehension. On our monitor in our office, the gemstone photos that appear on our website are quiet accurate. However, everyones monitor is different and the subtleties do affect the colors that one sees. One of our West Coast collectors/investors, who purchased many of our important gemstones, actually color corrected this monitor by looking at the gemstones he purchased from us, and modified the monitor to display color that was similar to his purchases. In this way, he was insuring a closer approximation of the color on the monitor to the gemstones that he would be receiving/purchasing.
We rarely modify our photographs as we take them, but
have to be tweeked because the camera does not see the color
eye is seeing. This is not to deceive, but to color
to insure that the gemstone more closely resembles what our
will receive. Of course, if the gemstone that you
receive from us
is not to your liking in any away, we do have our 10 Day 80%
Satisfacton Guarantee, as well as a LifeTime Guarantee:
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
For those wishing to modify gemstone color to their advantage but to the detriment of customers, and thus deceiving a customer, it is quite easy to do, and this is exactly what has happened with the recent purchase online as described above. We personally don't understand why any legitimate business would want to do this as the customer will see the difference between the online photo and the gemstone received!
The example below, is a photograph of a nice Yellow Beryl, from Brasil, faceted by a cutter in Los Angeles many years ago (and is currently available for purchase!). It is then followed by photo enhancement.
|If only beryl truly came in these wonderful vibrant colors!!!!|
The owner of All That Glitters, Mr. Brown, was contacted
by an individual who has a blog related to gemstones, and asked
whether he would be interested in writing an article for the blog.
The topic eventually decided on:
Tips on Purchasing Fine Gemstones Online
This article is related to the topic of Photo Enhancement and should also be read by interested consumers.
Again, the bottom line as has been mentioned in previous
as well as on our Learn More page - Know your dealer.
Important factors include:
We hope that this has been an education for our customers, as it is certainly one for us. We are always learning, seeking gemstones from new finds, and willing to make a purchase to learn the truth about something - that is why we also have an article on Fading Orangy Topaz that will appear in a future edition of Gems & Gemology Magazine published by the GIA!
Update - You may find the above noted article on the following page!: G&G Fading Topaz Article