Hi all. Here at JTV, we are excited to announce that our final shipments of incredible Agodi Rubellite gems cut from the Rewa Okan I and Rewa Okan II have finally arrived. (For more history on Agodi, read our two previous posts about this exceptional gemstone: JTV Introduces Agodi Rubellite Tourmaline and Gotta Getta Agodi.) Their arrival is bittersweet because this marks the end of the gemstones that these two incredible pieces of crystal rough have yielded. There will be no more shipments of this gorgeous, faceted rubellite for us to bring to you.
Agodi Rubellite will be airing throughout the upcoming weekend beginning on Friday, June 18th on Dawn’s show at 4PM. Bill Barker will be on-air with several of our gemstone hosts while his son Rich will be on a special webcast with Shawn O’Sullivan Saturday afternoon at 12:30PM to talk about the discovery and processing of these stones. Bill is even making some extra large, extra fine one-of-a-kind Agodi gems from his private inventory that will be available for sale during the weekend. For those of you who appreciate truly beautiful red and reddish pink gems, be sure to tune in or check out JTV.com to select your favorite gem before they’re all gone!
The Rewa Okan II is also the subject of a DVD that we recently produced, The Story of Rewa Okan--Agodi Rubellite. The DVD follows the crystal from the first cut made to the final faceted gems. The DVD (item AGDVD1) is available for sale for $19.95 or it can be yours FREE with any Agodi Rubellite purchase over $200.00 made between Friday, June 18th at 4PM through Sunday, June 20th at 8PM, or while supplies last!
The History Behind Agodi Rubellite Tourmaline from JTV
Each Agodi Rubellite gemstone has been fashioned from one of two pieces of rough that we acquired from one of our long-time vendors, Mr. Bill Barker. Shortly after the discovery of the first crystal, Bill was quick to call George, one of our senior gemstone buyers, to see if JTV might be interested in purchasing the crystal to have cut into gemstones.
George quickly determined, the piece of rough, weighing about 16 pounds, was of exceptional quality and would yield some spectacular gems. Because the crystal was so special, we decided to name it the Rewa Okan, meaning “beautiful heart” in the Yoruba language of Nigeria. The name speaks to the essence of the beauty of the gems.
Then, just a short time later, a second piece of rough was unearthed at the same mining site! This rough weighed in at an astounding 48 pounds (pictured in the first image in this blog)! Knowing the quality of the first crystal, George anticipated it also yielding some incredible gems and made a quick purchase. The most expensive piece of rough ever purchased by JTV, we named it the Rewa Okan II.
Agodi Rubellite hails from the west African country of Nigeria and has been extremely popular with both our gemstone and jewelry customers. All of the gemstones in the Agodi line are 100% natural and untreated, a true rarity in the world of colored gemstones. Each stone has a uniformity of color that our seasoned buyers haven’t seen in a long, long time. Today, most rubellite tourmaline is heated to enhance their appearance. Rubellite tourmaline is a Type III colored gemstone, meaning that it is expected to have visible inclusions to the unaided eye. Yet these stones have an incredibly high level of clarity for rubellite gems, although you may see a few inclusions. Just keep in mind this normal and to be expected.