(I gave myself the day off yesterday and spent a lovely day in the warm sunshine being a person on holiday. (I expored Lantau island, which is remarkably underdeveloped, even though it has the busy airport. Most of the island is hilly and covered in lush undergrowth, with some great bendy driving roads. I went out to see the Tian Tan Buddha statue, (known colloquially as the Big Buddha) up a lung exploding 260 steps and took the cable car back down to sea level)
Back to the gem show today for some gold and white south sea pearls. I found both pairs and a mixed selection for a station necklace special order
Then i actually left the pearl hall – yes really – for the gemstone section.
Acres of diamonds from almost dust to huge single sparklers..plus fancy colours..as with the pearl section,
I suspect that anyone who’s been to a local gemshow thinks the Hong Kong show is like one of those…with maybe a couple more stalls. Errrr. No no no. See the diamonds above. That is one part of one of maybe 50 such stands. An aircraft hanger sized hall filled just with diamonds .Some of them also have diamonds maybe 10mm round or more. Plus fancy blues greens champagne and yellow and black. In the next equally huge hall there were rubies of all sorts of shades from pink to nearly black.
Seeing the ruby rough sparked an idea so i got some….then also some lovely little lumps of amethyst. Both classic purple and rose de france. These small lumps of raw stone are usually sold by kilo weight and random scoop but I managed to persuade the sellers to allow me to select – though they watched aghast as I went through a washing up bowl full of the ruby rough lumps to find two pieces which suited my idea
Here is just one of the displays of amethysts. I also got some amethyst lumps.
Finally three little round faceted tanzanite to make a setting for the big blue pearl
That was enough for the day