BELENKY ON THE MOVE
We're at it again. As you now know, traveling in search of rare gemstones has become a very important part of our buying trips. It is also one of the more pleasurable aspects of it as well. It's amazing to learn of new mines being discovered which are yielding colored gemstones rarely seen.
In a recent entry we discussed the Paraiba Tourmalines. There is much to know about these unique gemstones and being amidst their collegues in the field Seth and Lucette were able to learn a great deal. More importantly they were able to see and compare some of the most exotic stones in the world. It was all there.
Gemologists are being forced to learn about the new gemstones in a hurry. Belenky Brothers has been fortunate in that we have often been at the forefront in purchasing some of the most unusual stones. We have had the opportunity of acquiring and selling stones before they become cost prohibitive. It all boils down to the old economic principle of supply and demand. As the supply diminishes and demand increases, naturally the price skyrockets. Years ago when few knew about the magnificent neon blue/tourquoise Paraiba Tourmalines from Brazil, we scooped up some of the finest and largest stones available. Today, unfortunately, the Paraiba mine is becoming extinct and large stones are seldomly available, and if they are they are exhorbitant, but extraordinary.
The good news, however is that new mines have been discovered in Mozambique which are yielding Paraiba-like gemstones. Because of the deposits of copper and magnesium these unusual stones of varying colors also present a magnificent neon bright appearance. They are calling them paraiba tourmalines with a lower case"p" rather than the capital "P" signifying the specific area in Brazil. These stones are glorious and not yet as pricey as their Brazilian counterparts.
Because of their excitement and past experiences they chose to bring back a number of unusual and phenomenal gemstones. David is already at work planning his designs. Once you see these amazing gemstones nature has brought into the world, it's difficult not to want to create an exciting piece of jewelry.
This buying trip kept our intrepid buyers busy day and night. They did however, take one evening for themselves. Seth and Lucette went to see "Love" the newest Cirque de Soleil performance adapted to the music of the Beetles. Needless to say, it was incredibly inventive and creative. The music hit a poignant and nostalgic area for both of them. It's interesting how The Beetles cross generational lines.
By the way, it's true what they say about dry heat. The temperature in Las Vegas rose to about 104 degrees. That sounds mighty hot to New Yorkers, but in Vegas it was fine. They walked great distances outside in business attire, and though it was warm, they did report that it was not unbearable.