The gemstones seen on Westview come from around the world. I am fortunate enough to meet some of the people doing the hard work of digging these precious gems. Here is a beautiful Tanzanite crystal, working with miners at a mine in Sri Lanka, and workers sifting gravel at color change garnet mines in Kenya.
Finding good facet rough is never easy. Often finding a few good pieces requires looking through kilos of material. These are some photos of me working through some rough in Tanzania, a handful of demantoids found by a miner in Namibia, me smiling with an award, and learning some tricks from an expert cutter in Sri Lanka.
Gemstone rough is found in many interesting places. It is a pleasure to visit these places in the hope of finding good material. Part of the challenge is knowing what is good material and what it is worth. The desolate rock stand was seen in the Namibian desert. There was no owner to be found! The second picture is me enjoying a mine site in Kenya. The messy desk is after a day spent learning how to grade and price gemstones.