Art & History in a Gem

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Founded by Mr W.K. Cheong and Joseph, Amber Collections Pte Ltd has a world class collection of Rare Gems and Ambers. Possibly the World’s first venture philanthropy initiative on rare gems to give back a substantial part of its profit to the country where such rare gems are harvest for a social cause.

The private museum in Singapore display Four Guinness World Record gems; Painite; Grandidierite; Jeremejevite and Giant Amber.

It showcases many pieces of 100 million years old Amber with potential holotype Wasp, Spider & Mite inclusions worthy of museum deposit plus many other rare gemstones.

RARE GEMS

Hibonite

Hibonite was discovered in June 1953 in Madagascar by Paul Hibon, a French prospector. It is also found in Argentina and Myanmar.

Shape: Round, Brilliant
Transparency: Opaque
Colour: Dark Brown
Weight: 56.71 carats

Topaz Cat’s Eye

Topaz is precious gem stone with good hardness and usually colourless or some desirable colours.

However, such big Topaz with Cat’s eye are rare. It is also commonly known as Water gemstone.

Gem: Topaz with Cat’s eye
Size: 990 carats

Serendibite

Serendibite was first discovered in 1902 in <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lanka> Sri Lanka by Dunil Palithaunasekera and named after Serendib, the old <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic> Arabic name for Sri Lanka. It is also found in Myanmar and Russia.

Transparency: Opaque
Colour: Black
Weight: 11.08 carats

Demantoid Garnet

Although garnets have been known since ancient times, the demantoid variety was not discovered until 1868 in  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia> Russia. Demantoids are generally small, with finished stones generally under 1 carat (200 mg) and stones over 2 carats (400 mg) are rare. Demantoid is also found in Madagascar and  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namibia> Namibia.

Diaspore

Diaspore – once commonly promoted as <http://www.minerals.net/gemstone/zultanite_gemstone.aspx> Zultanite, a trade name for gem-quality diaspore, in honour of the 36 sultans who ruled the Ottoman Empire – was first described in 1801 for an occurrence in <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia> Russia. Diaspore was coined by <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Just_Ha%C3%BCy> René Just Haüy (a French  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineralogist> mineralogist, often referred to as the Father of Modern Crystallography), alluding to the noise produced when it is heated. Diaspore is also found in Turkey.

Shape: Partially Polished rough
Transparency: Semi Translucent to Opaque
Colour: Yellowish Green Changing to Brownish Pink
Weight: 291.23 grams (1456.15 carats)

Taaffeite

Taaffeite is named after its discoverer <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Taaffe> Richard Taaffe, who found the first sample, a  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cut_(gems)> cut and polished gem, in October 1945 in a jeweller’s shop in <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin> Dublin, Ireland. It is found in China, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

Shape: Oval
Transparency: Semi Transparent To Translucent
Colour: Light Purple Gray
Weight: 13.12 carats

World Guinness Record

World Largest Amber

Amber is a fossilized resin. Geological evidence suggests the aromatic amber resin, produced from a variety of trees buried alongside ancient forests 15 to 150 million years ago, hardened into the present natural stone form.

Baltic amber is the most popular variety and is sourced from the Amber Coast, Russia. Amber is also found in Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

The Dominican is known for its striking blue amber stones. Canada, Colombia and Mexico are other countries across the Atlantic to have amber producing locations.

In Asia, Indonesia and Myanmar are home to large unexploited amber deposits.  The Myanmar amber is among the best, featuring rare fossil insects and spiders. Indonesian amber has also been classified in the same class as the exotic Dominican blue amber.

Age: 15 to 25 million years
Colour: Brown
Weight: 50.4 kilo

Current Guinness World Record

Painite

Painite was first found in  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myanmar> Myanmar by British  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineralogist> mineralogist and gem dealer, Arthur C.D. Pain, in the 1950s. Most Painite specimens are dark, opaque, incomplete crystals. Few are transparent crystals, saved as crystals or cut into gemstones.

Shape: Polished Freeform
Transparency: Semi-Translucent to Opaque
Colour: Dark Brown
Weight: 31.09 carats

Current Guinness World Record

Grandidierite

Grandidierite was first found in 1902 in southern Madagascar by Alfred
Lacroix, a French mineralogist. Lacroix named the mineral in honour of
French explorer and naturalist, Alfred Grandidier (1836-1912), the first
authority on the natural history of Madagascar.

Since then, Grandidierite specimens have been discovered in Malawi, Namibia
and Sri Lanka. Gem-quality Grandidierite is extremely rare, and comes mainly
from Madagascar.

Shape: Round
Cutting Style: Modified Brilliant Cut
Transparency: Translucent
Colour: Blue-Green
Weight: 78.07 carats

Current Guinness World Record

Jeremejevite

Jeremejevite was first described in 1883 for an occurrence on Mt. Soktui, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siberia> Siberia. It was named after Russian mineralogist Pavel Vladimirovich Eremeev (Jeremejev, German). It is also found in Germany, Myanmar, Namibia and Tajikistan.

Shape: Tumbled Rough
Transparency: Transparent
Colour: Brownish Yellow
Weight: 45.61 carats

Current Guinness World Record

Amber, Museum Worthy Deposit

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