Mid-way through 2015 we received a call from one of our long-standing and trusted friends, who is also an avid collector of gems. “I’ve found something really interesting I think you can work with,” he said. In gem circles, this meant he had probably found something truly spectacular.
If there were a gem that epitomizes the work that we do it would be the result of this phone call. The rough stone our friend had was Imperial Topaz. It was a remarkable find in terms of its size, its clarity, and its color – the rare orange-red – that absolutely captivated us. Its depth and breadth of color is what led to the name we bestowed upon it – The Imperial Flame. As with many of our gems, the process began many miles away in the mines of Ouro Preto in Brazil, when this family friend contacted us. Still, it took months of careful consideration before we decided on its purchase.
“RED IS THE RAREST AND MOST SOUGHT- AFTER TOPAZ COLOR, REPRESENTING LESS THAN HALF OF ONE PERCENT OF FACET- GRADE MATERIAL FOUND. FINDING A STONE OF THIS VIBRANCE AND SIZE WAS EXTRAORDINARY, EXHILARATING…”