Gemstones & Pearls:Gemology
Un-Natural Inclusions, Naturally
Gemstones boast customized inclusions
Most people try to find ways to take inclusions out of gemstones. Brian
Cook, a gem inclusion enthusiast, can put them in. Cook, who owns Nature's
Geometry in Graton, CA, "includes" other minerals and metals in
a host gem in a new product he trademarked Amphoragems(tm).
Cook drills a passageway into clear quartz, polishes the interior of the
tunnel and inserts the "inclusions" of choice, usually other gem
In the next step, Cook pours a viscous liquid (which he declines to identify)
into the tunnel and then corks the whole thing with another gemstone. This
second gem is glued in place and then polished flush with the surface of
the quartz to create one smooth, unbroken line.
The finished creations are drilled so they can be worn as a pendant.
Amphoragems sell for $200 to $1,000 retail, depending on the host gemstone
and the types of inclusions.
Production Under Way
Cook will put almost any "inclusion" a customer wants in these
assembled gems as long as it's natural.
Orders are already placed and his cutting factory is ready for production.
"I've made up some really beautiful pieces containing Paraíba
tourmalines, ruby crystals or small cultured pearls combined with gold nuggets,"
he says. "One woman even asked me to put in her child's tooth, which
she now displays around her neck as a conversation piece." Because
it is a natural object, the tooth qualified to be used as an "inclusion."
The name of the product comes from amphorae ancient Greek
and Mediterranean urns which were used to transport essential oils. The
concept of Amphoragems is derived from another Nature's Geometry product:
Aromagems, in which the drilled passageways are filled with oils and fragrances.
This quartz Amphoragem features spessartite garnet crystals,
Navajo chrome garnet crystals and gold nuggets. The long golden needles
are naturally occurring rutile inclusions.
Nature's Geometry, Graton, CA; (707) 829-0799.
by Robert Weldon, G.G.
Copyright © 1998 by Bond Communications.