World's RAREST Gemstones and Minerals Ever Seen

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Lucky Discoveries That Made People Rich

From the largest opal in the world, to rare viking treasure hoards, here are lucky discoveries that made people rich! Subscribe to American EYE! 5. Lost Pollack Painting Sometimes you might knowingly have something in your house that you just don’t know is worth a lot of money This was the case for a man living in Scottsdale Arizona who had a college of modern art painting that he just found to be intriguing. He called over some experts to take a look at one of his signed laker posters which was only worth about 300 bucks but the experts noticed something else in the garage that caught their eye! They noticed the series of smears consistent with a modern artist consistent with Jackson Pollock. This American painter is considered a major figure in abstract expressionism and his paintings are worth big bucks! The painting heavily damaged but even then, still worth some serious cash. The had it authenticated by an another expert who closely examined the painting and claimed it was indeed authentic and could sell for anything from 10 million to 15 million dollars! 4. Boulder Matrix Opal It seems like digging around in Australia could certainly pay off. The world’s largest opal matrix was discovered in Queensland Australia in 2011 and this amazing stone has 55,000 carats! That’s about 25 points of pure opal! The previous largest opal ever discovered only was 6,100 carats. This mammoth find took place in the dry outback which receives very little rainfall. It measured in at about 10 inches in length and is valued at 1 million dollars! 3. Jersey Iron Age Coins A great deal of coins were found on the Island of Jersey in 2012 and it may shock you This island in the English Channel that contains a great deal of French and English culture but also contained a massive treasure. After searching for this treasure for 30 years, two amateur treasure hunters found these coins that date back to Iron Age. But no, these weren’t made of iron but silver and was the largest haul of celtic coins to have ever been found. Each coin you see in this person’s hand was found on the island of Jersey is worth at least 200 pounds each, and you can tell they’re still in great condition. This makes the total discovery worth 10 million pounds or 12 million US dollars. They were found under 3 feet of soil under a hedge in someone’s farm. The coins were packed in a clay chest and literally weighed a ton! It’s believed that it was stashed here to keep the Romans from plundering it during their conquest of the British Isles. 2. Sutter’s Mill Gold Discovery Now for a little bit of history. Sometimes when you discover something, you might make other people rich but not necessarily yourself and this was the case for John Sutter. This guy had some bad luck. James Marshall who worked at Sutter’s Mill discovered a massive golden nugget and told his boss John Sutter about it. The two decided to keep it a secret for a while but hired some men to help them pan out the gold. We’ll it turns out that all the miners they hired were a bunch of no good thieves and they stole basically all the gold they came across. The miners basically told everyone that there was gold in them there hills and this is what brought millions of people seeking fast riches! Fortune seekers from all over the world like from China, Germany, Mexico, Ireland Turkey and of course the easter united states, moved to California during this period After all his employees cheated him and took off with gold found on his land, the gold ran out and he was left basically penniless. He decided to give up on the california dream and moved as far away as possible. California officially became a state in 1850, partially thanks to there being gold here. If this moment in history never happened, the western united states would most likely be much less developed and less rich. Now you know why california is called the “Golden State”.1. The Whydah Discovery The Whydah was a British slave ship that was originally captured by “Black Sam” and was found off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts in 1984 by Barry Clifford. He actually credits a pirate treasure map that many discredited as being false. It seems to be the holy grail of pirate discoveries! Priceless artifacts were discovered including 200,000 individual pieces were received under only 14 feet of water. Rare gold and silver coins, gold jewelry and artifacts, cannons, sword handles and even a boy’s leg! The boat is believed to carry the plunder of 10 ships. Spanish Galleons were relentless looted by Black Sam until him and his crew were swept away by a strong storm in 1717. Divers pulled together huge clumps of gold coin masses that stuck together from years of being underwater. A museum exhibition called “Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah, from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship”, toured the United States.

Welcome To Ruby Land: Exploring the Gemstones of Burma (Myanmar)

A brief look at the route gemstones take from mines to market in Burma (Myanmar), starting in the Mountains of Mogok and finishing at the Thai border. Hosted by Charles Lawson of Lawson Gems.

The Most Expensive Gemstones Ever Found

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Risk vs. Reward: Cutting a 161 ct Rough Coober Pedy Opal Gemstone

I take a beautiful "problem" opal and somehow manage to get some decent finished opal cabochons out of it. If you just want to see the results, skip to the end! Sorry for the "fast forward" segments! PRICES The rough opal cost in the mid four-figure range in 2014. The finished products (large and small stones) were sold for about 30% more than the rough opal cost. The "scraps" are mine to use as I see fit. CUTTING vs. NOT CUTTING: truly appreciate all of the comments, both positive and negative. I apologize for possibly misleading you guys about the quality of the rough stone.. At the beginning of the video I have photos of all six sides of the rough stone. Five sides of it either have major flaws or lots of sand and potch. Unfortunately, the "good side" is shown TWICE, so it may appear that the high-grade material extended all the way through to the opposite side. That was not the case: From the start of the video, the first 18 seconds are all of the "good side." The true opposite side can be seen at the 41-45 second mark. A number of comments mention that I "wasted a lot of good opal." First of all, I would like to mention that until you have actually held a large, expensive opal, you cannot appreciate the difficulty that you may encounter in cutting it. As many experienced opal cutters know, the yield (percentage of usable opal obtained from rough) for all precious opal ranges from 10 to 50 percent (on average). Some rough may yield as much as 70 percent or more; but because it is easy to detect "high-yield" opal, the seller will price it higher! The stone is the video is severely flawed, by any measure. My yield for this stone was 24.8% (40 carats of 161 carats). The majority of high-grade opal that was truly "wasted" was the opal that was "lost" in making oval, rather than free-form cabochons. For those who know the "loose stone" opal market, oval stones cost roughly 20-25% more than free-form cabochons. I wasted about 7-10 carats of high-grade opal (25% of the total yield; 6% of the 161 ct rough). [The two customers who ordered the pendants actually REQUESTED oval cabochons, and they paid the "oval cabochon" price]. Most of the material that was truly "wasted" was either sandstone matrix, or severely flawed or very potchy opal. Small pockets of high-grade opal that I cut through had to be sacrificed in order to find the main area of high grade material. An additional 10-20 carats of low-grade opal cabochons COULD have been made from this rough, but in my work, I have no demand for low-grade opal. (I personally like the lower grades, but my customers apparently do not!) I try to plan the cutting of an opal as well as possible, but sometimes, the cutting does not go as expected. Even high-yield opal (which this stone was not) usually have unexpected and disappointing flaws. After all of the great opal that I have cut, it is still find it unnerving to start cutting an expensive piece of opal. I should note that although the rough specimen looked nice on one side, it is by no means a "museum specimen." I personally collect opal that is TOO GOOD TO CUT and I DO NOT cut it. This one was NOT in that category. If you would like to see an example of a "TO GOOD TO CUT" stone, please see my video: Thanks for all of your comments and support!

There are some beautiful, rare, and valuable gemstones out there and the sums of money that people will pay for them are really incredible. Which are the most valuable though? Which stones are considered the most rare and where do we get our hands on them? We’ll try to answer those questions and fill you in a little bit about these precious stones on our list of World’s Rarest Gemstones!

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5. Tanzanite
This amazingly beautiful, blue variation of zoisite, a mineral, is found in one area, and a small area it is. Oh, and we forgot to mention that the area in which they are located is at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro! It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the precious stones were found in commercial quantities, so up until then it was a really unknown thing. But, thanks to Tiffany & Co, the popularity of tanzanite has grown substantially. Most tanzanites are heat treated to improve and bring out their blue coloration; however, any un-heat treated, naturally strong blue-colored stones are worth a pretty penny! Someday Tanzanite, like all tanzanite, will probably be worth that pretty penny as well, considering right now it only comes from one location in the world, and once those mines are depleted, there will be no new tanzanite hitting the market. So if you’ve got some now, hold onto it, and pray that it never pops up elsewhere on earth!

4. Painite
Back in 1951, British geologist, Arthur Charles Davy Pain, discovered painite, but it wasn’t until 1957 that it would be officially recognized as a new mineral. When it was confirmed as new, it was named after him, as seems to be the tradition of discovery. It’s made up of aluminum, oxygen, boron, zirconium, and aluminum, and it also contains tiny amounts of vanadium and chromium, which give it its color. It was actually the rarest gemstone in the entire world for a long time considering there was only one known specimen in the entire world, and it was kept in the British Museum in London. Over time, more and more gemstones were found, and by 2004, there were a bunch; however, the number still did not exceed two dozen. In more recent years, mines in Myanmar have produced painite, and the known number of stones is now closer to 1,000, but it’s still really rare. Stones weighing in at just one carat can go for more than $60,000, making it one sought after gemstone.

3. Grandidierite
So, this scarce stone was first found in Madagascar by one Alfred Lacroix, a French mineralogist, who then went on to describe it in 1902, and named it in honor of Alfred Grandidier, a French explorer who was an expert in Madagascan history. It has been found in multiple places throughout the world; however, only stones that have come from Sri Lanka and Madagascar have produced stones that are gem-quality. Most grandidierite are translucent, but the rarer specimens are more transparent, with the most valuable being wholly transparent. The gemstone was actually confused with serendibite, another stone, because grandidierite of that transparency and color had not yet been seen. An expert did an analysis and confirmed that it was, in fact, grandidierite, and the gem was sold for an undisclosed amount of money. Wouldn’t you just love to have a stone you think is one thing and then it turns out to be one even more rare and more valuable? The luck of some people….

2. Red Beryl
This beautiful, rare little gemstone is, in fact, so rare that the Utah Geological Society estimates that just one specimen is uncovered per every 150,000 gem-quality diamonds. It used to go by the name red bixbite and was first marketed as a red emerald. Using the term emerald to sell the beryl today is prohibited considering the red beryl is not an emerald, although the emerald is a variety of beryl. Pure beryl itself is entirely colorless, and the gems only gain color through impurities inside; manganese inside of a beryl will give it a red coloration, creating the red beryl that is found only in Mexico, New Mexico, and Utah. They are typically too small to be cut and used and generally weigh less than a carat. Any red beryl weighing more than two to three carats would be considered an exceptional stone and would be worth quite a bit considering its rarity. It’s not only rare, but it’s beautiful. Too bad we’ll probably never see one in person!


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