Rainbow Calsilica/Jay King
I have only been watching Jay a few years but has anyone ever heard him discuss the dispute that Rainbow Calsilica is manmade? I have tried to call in to ask but I never get to speak with him. I have read numerous articles online, watched YouTube videos etc and there seems to be no answer since no one has been allowed into the "mines" in Mexico. I know Jay has never mentioned being in the mines either. The photos online of the "rough" in slabs look natural but I can also see where this could be manmade to look like this. Some claim it is a by-product of tile making kind of like Fordite was a by-product of the automotive industry. Rainbow calsilic definitely looks ALOT like Fordite! If you go to the Fordite website you can see history & photos. Professional Jeweler website has an article about the testing in Europe & an article on mindat dot org (can’t post the links here) has an article about it that mentions Jay.
Yeah, this has been discussed on here a few times. Rainbow calsilica has been proven beyond doubt to be manmade product by an independent laboratory (look for links). I sincerely hope that Mr. King is simply misled on this issue rather than lying. The material is as beautiful as fordite and I do buy lots of fake stones for my personal adornments but I want to KNOW which one it is. This misrepresentation of materials made me seriously cool down to Mr. King’s items. I still remember the bitter disappointment when I realized that what I thought was a piece of turquoise was in fact resin with dyes and turquoise dust…
I don’t know who is right but if the GIA can’t prove it’s real, I am not interested. If you like it and don’t mind whether its faux or not, its not a big deal. I just can’t justify spending 100.00 or more for manmade beads on a necklace. I would much rather have something I know is mined from the ground. I am just shocked that HSN has let this slide since they always claim to be transparent when it comes to gemstones, treatments etc. I will be much more cautious about buying jewelry here from now on.
Sorry for spelling errors. I think that Cobaugh processing is Jay’s friend Marty’s family site.
Cobaugh dot net, states it is the source for Rainbow Calcilica. They have a lot of it for sale.They also hve the Kingman Turq. cabs and Mohave turq. pieces. You can xheck out their ebsite. Also known for turqoise stabilization process.
It’s manmade from runoff from tile manufacturing. Same as Fordite. Not a gemstone at all.
I’ve heard Jay talk about it on TV. I don’t think there’s proof either way. Jay is an honest guy.
I agree with Mooncat3. It’s very pretty, so it doesn’t really matter to me.
I have heard him discuss this maybe twice. From what I remember he believes it is natural.
I do not remember if he said he had it tested, but he has said that he has the G.I.A. test everything in other presentations…. he did say he has never been to the mine and he is almost out of rough forever.
Someone just asked on his blog and he usually answers questions there sooner or later.
I do not know if it is naturally occuring or not. My sence is that Jay has plenty of real deal materials that he does not need to sell something he knows is a fake- if it is fake, he was misinformed.
Many of us collectors love it.
It certainly is fishy that no one had seen the mine. I guess I’m just not ovely concerned if it is "real" or not as I have many greater concerns. But Jay is a good guy and not trying to pull one over on anyone.
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01.08.16 4:48 PM