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All That Glitters
272 Broadway #732
Methuen, MA  01844
Telephone/Answering Service: 978-975-2272

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What is Zincite??


Zincite that most people are familiar with, was said to have been grown by accident in the smoke stack of a manufacturing facility of zinc-based paint in Poland. It is Zinc Oxide and the zinc that had become gaseous during the manufacturing process combined with oxygen and cooled, formed brightly colored, mostly orange, red and yellow crystals within the smoke stack. This brightly colored material has a high dispersion, giving flashes of different colors much like that of diamond. Though it is soft, it can still be used in jewelry, but should be worn in pendants, pins and earrings, rather than rings. We have some of this brightly colored material faceted(Rounds, Radiants and Princess and a few other shapes are available). The price is approximately $30/ct depending on the size, the color, etc. All pieces are well cut and clean. See photos below for available stones. Call for more details or with your requests.


Below are two photographs of a naturally terminated rough crystal:

  $850 (Over 160cts!  That's only $5.31 per carat!
Should yield about 40cts of faceted gemstones.





Faceted examples of Zincite. Miscellaneous sizes and shapes available - limited quantity!

All stones have been faceted by our cutters and sparkle brilliantly.


Check on our Zincite Inventory - We occasionally facet new material from our rough....
<< Zincite Photos and Inventory >>



Gems and Gemology Magazine Winter 2000
(Gemological Institute of America - GIA)
Special Issue (Retrospective of the '90's)




The original 1995 article on Zincite mentioned above follows:





Facetors Stone Chat November-December 2003

A good description of Natural and Synthetic Zincite. Click on the link below to read the article. Depending on your internet speed, this could take some time to load, so please be patient.

< Facetors Stone Chat - Zincite >




Zincite - Cautions for Jewelers/Goldsmiths

For those working with or wearing Zincite (Hardness is approximately 4.5), the precautions below will insure the integrity of the stone.

  • DO NOT Steam Clean
  • DO NOT use the Ultrasonic with anything besides distilled water
  • DO NOT use heat within the Ultrasonic
  • DO NOT polish a setting containing Zincite - the casting should be polished prior to setting the stone and then prongs may be polished byhand
  • DO NOT set the stone on a dirty surface, as dragging it through metal scrapings will cause scratches - Be careful in setting the stone as it is a softer stone.

Cautions for the Wearer of Zincite Jewerly

  • DO NOT wear Zincite in a ring - it is best suited for a pendant, pin, enhancer, earrings, etc.

Follow the rules for Jewelers/Goldsmiths above.

 


 

   " The diamond arrived today along with the zincite. Both are lovely and  "keepers". "
SG - Missouri




  "I just received the Zincite & owahee jasper. I am very happy with the jasper and -- TOTALLY blown away by the  EXCELLENT color and brillance of the Zincite.  I will be telling my lapidary and custom jeweler friends about  ALL THAT GLITTERS.  I also have a few friends who only wear custom made jewelry who I will be telling about  A.T.G.   I will  definately be interested in the Elegante cut Zincite in about 3 months."
SK - Warsaw, IN




  "Just to let you know the Zincite has arrived today.  The stone is
beatiful, but my husband is not very happy as I now want some trilliant
diamonds to set either side!!!!! "
MF - United Kingdom