January 2021 Newsletter: New Matched Pairs and Suites

Rare gems are even more valuable when found in a matching pair or suite, and they make special jewelry for important occasions.

Most fine gems are one of a kind, especially in larger sizes. But it is sometimes possible to match up gems when the rough stone is cut, though usually with some sacrifice of weight. Very occasionally a more elaborate suite is possible, with matching stones for ring, pendant and earrings.

We have recently added some very fine matched pairs and suites to our collection. We highlight some of these acquisitions in this month's Notable Gems.

They include several pairs of the rare Blue Tourmalines from the new find Namibia, including the marvelous 5.05 ct pair shown in the video above. Blue is one of the rarest colors in Tourmaline and a pure blue is especially rare.

We recently found some of the finest Pink Morganites we've seen, and we've added 2 superb matched pairs and a 3 piece suite in unique fancy shapes. If you love Morganite, these are absolutely top grade.

The exceptional Royal Purple Garnets are mainly found in smaller sizes, but we have cut a number of outstanding matched pairs from these special gems. The finest material, from Mozambique, has an amazing vivid purple hue with red flashes. These rare gems display a color change from grape to cranberry with magenta flashes.

We've also acquired some outstanding pairs and suites in Spessartite Garnet, Gem Silica and Ethiopian Opal, with some fine examples in this month's Notable Gems.

See our complete collection of Fine Matched Pairs and Suites


Notable Gems from the AJS Collection

This month we feature new Matching Pairs and Suites in our collection. Click on any gem photo for details.

13.30 ct Morganite Matched Pair from Madagascar
An amazing matching pair of Pink Morganites from Madagascar, one of the finest we've ever seen. Precision cut in a unique fancy shape, these are beautifully matched for a special pair of drop earrings. You will rarely see Pink Morganites with this level of saturation and brilliance. Guaranteed natural and untreated.

7.23 ct Royal Purple Garnet Matched Pair from Mozambique

A gorgeous matched pair of Royal Purple Garnet ovals from Mozambique, over 7 carats total weight! This is beautiful clean material with a vivid open color. Under cool light, these gems display a rich purple hue, changing to cranberry with magenta flashes under incandescent light. These rare gems will make an exceptional pair of earrings. Guaranteed natural and untreated.
8.85 ct Ethiopian Opal Matched Pair

A beautifully matched pair of Welo Opal pears from Ethiopia, about 15 x 11 mm each. Excellent translucency with a great play of color, these fine Opals will make a wonderful pair of earrings. Guaranteed natural and untreated.

See the video

17.75 ct Gem Silica Suite from Ray Mine, Arizona

A fine suite of saturated blue Gem Silica from the Ray Mine in Arizona. At 17.75 carats, this is an impressive suite for a set of drop earrings. The largest pears are about 15 x 10 mm, with the smaller pears about 12 x 8 mm. The small rounds are about 4.7 mm. Guaranteed natural and untreated.

See the video

9.22 ct Mandarin Spessartite Garnet Set from Nigeria

We have carefully matched fine Spessartites from our collection to put together this unique earring set with Blue Sapphires and Diamonds. The two pairs of Spessartite ovals are 4.15 cts and 2.74 cts respectively, while the heart-shaped pair is 2.33 cts total. The 2 white Diamonds are 0.12 ct total weight while the round Blue Sapphires are 0.19 ct.

5.05 ct Blue Tourmaline Pair from Namibia

An outstanding pair of vibrant Blue Tourmalines from the new find in Namibia, they will make an impressive pair of earrings. This new Namibian material is made from beautiful crystal and is exceptionally clean with a lovely Caribbean sea blue color. They have been fashioned into a well-proportioned cushion cuts that are full of life with excellent brilliance.

See the video


News from AJS and the Gems World

Happy New Year 2021!

All the best for the new year to you and your family from all the staff at AJS Gems. Thanks for making 2020 another very successful year for us, and we look forward to working with you on your future gem and jewelry projects.


Ask the Gem Experts

Each month we answer questions from our customers. We welcome your questions and you can submit a question from our contact page.

The black star sapphires I see for sale by AJS all have a very distinct star in the picture. Has the photogragh been altered in some way to enhance the star? Will the sapphire I order display the same distinct star when I receive it? RP, USA

Thanks for your interest in our Black Star Sapphires.
Our photos of these gems are unretouched, but it requires a focused light such as a penlight to see the star in natural Star Sapphires. Our photos were taken with such a focused light. In some cases the star is also visible under strong sunlight.
We have videos of some of these gems that show how the star appears under appropriate lighting. Here is an example:
We also have an article that explains the gemological characteristics of Star Sapphires and Star Rubies. You can read it here:



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All the best in gems,

Ron, May & and Rung