Photo of Amethyst Gemstone with Goethite + Cristobalite Inclusions
Rare Gemological Collections
Gemological Collections is an exciting online destination for gemstone enthusiasts and collectors. The website offers a vast array of unique and rare gemstones, including cabochons, faceted gemstones, natural crystals, and much more. Visitors can explore a wide variety of stones, each with detailed descriptions and images.
The site categorizes gemstones by type, price range, and special features like fluorescent gems or those with inclusions. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a curious newcomer, this site provides a treasure trove of gemological wonders to discover and acquire.
“I can not wait to share my passion for rare gems and crystals with you”.
Celebrating 70 years Trading in Rare Gems & Minerals
Max Davis’ journey in the gemstone industry is a tale of passion, expertise, and globetrotting adventure, worthy of a cinematic retelling. His story begins in 1954, a young 15-year-old joining Ernest Jones Jewelry, sparking a lifelong love for precious stones. By 1956, Max was already managing his father’s jewelry and silverware shop in Harrow, showing early signs of his entrepreneurial spirit.
In 1959, Max’s path took him to Michael Davis & Sons, a prestigious jeweler on Oxford Street in London. But it wasn’t just about selling jewels; Max was a learner at heart. He studied Gemology under the tutelage of experts like Robert Webster and Dr. Rutland, alongside his wife Margo, a shining talent who clinched the Rayners prize in the FGA examinations.
Max’s career then blossomed into a remarkable adventure. He formed “Max Davis Rare Stones,” and his business acumen took him across the globe. He was part of a British Trade Group to Japan, learned stone cutting in Idar Oberstein with the renowned Hanz Lorenz, and in 1967, became one of the first dealers to introduce Zoisite from Tanzania.
His reputation grew as he brokered stones for none other than Harry Winston, a titan in the gemstone world. Max’s expertise wasn’t just limited to the trade; he became a revered figure among museums and collectors worldwide, contributing to prestigious institutions like the Ecole de Mines in Paris, the National Museum of Scotland, and the Natural History Museum in London.
His personal highlights in rare stones are nothing short of extraordinary. From his first purchase of a quartz crystal for a mere seven and a half shillings, to presenting a 214 ct Spinel to Queen Elizabeth II, his life reads like a treasure map. His dealings included remarkable pieces like Dr. Herman Bank’s collection of pink Burmese Cats Eyes and the sale of a 4.10ct Demantoid Garnet & 110 carat intense Cyclamen Morganite to Edward Gubelin.
The 1970s saw Max expanding his empire to New York, dealing in commercial stones. His quest for the finest gems led him to Hong Kong, Thailand, Brazil, and even to opening a cutting factory in South Korea. A founding member of the AGTA, Max’s influence was felt at major trade shows across Tucson, Hong Kong, Texas, Las Vegas, New York, and Goldsmith’s Hall in London.
Max’s story isn’t just about stones; it’s about a relentless pursuit of beauty and excellence. His life’s work, celebrated by the National Jeweler in 1979, inspires gem enthusiasts worldwide, as he heads the Rare Gem Club of America. Max Davis isn’t just a gemologist; he’s a legend, a treasure hunter who turned his passion into a legacy.