Live From AGTA Tucson 2015: 3 New Gemstone Offerings From Robert Bentley

Robert Bentley’s booth No. 322 at the AGTA GemFair Tucson is a wonderland of beautiful stones. And when he applies his artist’s eye (he’s a painter) for shapes and colors to the bounty of rough gems he sources from Brazil and enlists his factory workers in Teófilo Otoni, Brazil, to cut, the results are awe-inspiring one-of-a-kind selections for which designers—and this editor—fall hard.

Bentley told me yesterday that he sold out of six strands of Brazilian emeralds on the morning of opening day, but that aquamarines (with a strong emphasis on unique crystal structures) and tourmalines were also selling well.

“It was a challenging year for sourcing,” he explained. And while he had a decent inventory of Paraiba cabs, he wasn’t selling as many—not yet at least—as in years past. Still, the show is young (it ends Feb. 8). “There’s usually a buying frenzy early in the show for the one-of-a-kinds, and then there’s more reflection on other high-end stones before other purchases,” he observes.

To see more new jewels live from the show floor, follow me on Instagram @JenniferHeebner.

Brazilian Emerald Strands

Robert Bentley Brazilian emerald strands

About: Six strands of plates were available

Treatment: Oil as a by-product of cutting

Mined: Brazil

Cut: Brazil

Keystone price per piece: Not available because they sold out to one high-profile jewelry designer on the morning of the first day (contact Bentley for future purchases when more material is available)

Watermelon Tourmaline Strands

Editor’s note: There is a filter on this image to make the color pop, but this shade isn’t too far off from what you’ll see in person.

Robert Bentley Watermelon Tourmaline strand

About: Eight strands of plates are available

Treatment: None

Mined: Brazil

Cut: Brazil

Keystone price per piece: $7,012 for this strand

Mixed Gemstone Strands

Mixed Gemstone Strands from Robert Bentley

About: Three strands are available and contain tanzanite, spessartite garnet, grossular garnet, yellow beryl, aquamarine, and others

Treatment: Tanzanite, aquamarine, and tourmaline are heated, the rest are not

Mined: Brazil

Cut: Brazil

Keystone price per piece: $3,500 to $4,000 per strand

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