Tag Archives: quartz

Large, faceted quartz

The cutting edge – transforming a stone into a gem

After gem material has been successfully mined, washed and sorted, the next stage is usually to cut, or facet, the rough stones. To understand this process, we follow the journey of a piece of quartz once it has been placed in the hands of a skilled gem cutter (also known as a lapidary). The job […]

Discovering the treasures of the Kristall Gallerie

In the town of Swakopmund on the Namibian coast, there is a fairly unassuming structure that could easily be overlooked as a modern apartment block or office building. However, housed within is a quite staggering array of minerals and gemstones. Gem lovers and rockhounds who find themselves in this part of Africa should undoubtedly spend […]