We just came back from a trip to India's beautiful city Jaipur; or more popularly known as the Pink City because of the blushed stone colors used exclusively in the palace walls. The city is famous for its rich minerals, belts of marble, gems and beautifully coloured stones including pink tourmaline, amethyst and peridot.
We found amethysts of so many various sizes and forms, from point and slice to large clusters. The colour range was huge- from pale lilac to deep purple. Many of the amethysts were an intense color of purple with perfect clarity, clean cuts and a couple of carats. There were no inclusions or internal flaws inside the stones and they were all very strongly colored. The amethysts in Jaipur were certainly of very high quality and extremely fine gemstones.
The peridots were flawless and although there were a few with a hint of yellow-green, majority of the stones we saw were a very attractive medium green color. The peridots were all bright and cleanly cut; gems of such high quality and size are very rare to be found these days.
Perhaps the most iconic gemstone of all was the pink tourmaline. Typically found in delicate shades of pink, we found tourmaline in saturated pinks, carnation pink, bright hot pink, raspberry pink-red and gentle, soft baby pinks- just the right color for Jaipur, the 'Pink City.' Each tourmaline was beautiful in terms of its rosy color and attractive glow, not to mention its excellent transparency and vitreous luster.
In fact, every stone we saw was a pleasant surprise and we are very excited about using these gems. We have gotten some fabulous ideas from the trip on how to cut and design these stones, and use them in our jewelery. Just imagine gorgeous, richly-coloured stones shining on your wrists and around your neck. You should definitely be looking forward for the release of our new collection.