October 11, 2017


Photographing Zultanite®

It's not easy to capture the color traits of genuine Zultanite®, as photographers quickly learn with this stone. Renowned gemstone photographer Jeff Scovil has been imaging the world's most celebrated gems and minerals for years. He has also enjoyed the pleasure and challenge of capturing the best attributes of the amazing Zultanite.

"Photographing different minerals and gemstones is often a great challenge that most photographers are not up to," he finds. Scovil points out the difficulties in capturing the colors that one sees in real life when lighting can drastically affect its apparent color in a photograph. But particularly trying are the color-change stones, Scovil reveals. "When I first saw the cut Zultanite stones . . . I was impressed," he recalls. He thought he had the perfect technique for capturing their true allure. But as he discovered, sometimes a little extra effort is needed to accurately reproduce the exact colors the eye sees when it comes to Zultanite. "Luckily, there was one last resort that technology offers-- Photoshop," Scovil confides. "With just a bit of work, the images can be tweaked to accurately represent the true beautiful color of Zultanite," he confirms.

Own One of the World's Most Unique Gemstones

The unique beauty of Zultanite® lies in its contrasting colors, which change from kiwi greens with flashes of canary yellow under sunny skies, to rich champagnes in traditional indoor lighting and raspberry hues in candlelight. With 90 percent of all standard gemstones being only red, green or blue, Zultanite® stands out as a unique and limitless alternative. Color change is an uncommon phenomenon, making all color changing gemstones very rare. Unlike other color changing gemstones, Zultanite®’s color change is not limited to two basic colors. The same Zultanite® can exhibit sparks of canary yellow, cognac pink, ginger, kiwi green, raspberry pink, rich champagne and sage green. One of Zultanite®’s most unique characteristics is that its best color changes are not dependent on dark tones. Like all gemstones, the larger the Zultanite®, the more striking the color change and the greater its color intensity.
Compared to other color changing gemstones, Zultanite®’s light sensitivity affords far more nuances and subtleties, which are very appealing. As a result, Zultanite® fairs much better in mixed lighting than other color changing gemstones, plus the very nature of its colors suit a wider variety complexions, fashions, personalities and styles.