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Why are coloured gemstones so underrated?

In Australia, coloured gemstones often play second fiddle to diamonds, and outside the big three – ruby, sapphire and emerald – the knowledge of the general population is lacking. This is a problem because not only are customers missing out on an array of wonderful gemstones, retailers are missing many opportunities to make sales. Read more »

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A fair go for gold

During my early days as a jeweller, troubling images of filthy mines with poor working conditions prompted me to research alternative gold sources. This led me to become Australia’s first licensed supplier of Fairtrade Certified Gold, a qualification which guarantees the gold I work with has been mined and sold according to Fairtrade standards. Read more »

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Miscommunication is out of control

As a gemmologist who works in the jewellery industry, I’ve heard many terms used to describe gemstones. Some are correct and some are not. Read more »

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Getting a grip on gemstone care

I offer lapidary services and, over the past several years, I have noticed a rise in gemstones coming in from jewellers to be repaired and repolished. Read more »

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Tale of cabbages, bread and jewellery

Would you like to know what cabbage, fruit, bread and flowers have in common with jewellery? Nothing! Read more »

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Sapphire grading rules

There is so much misunderstanding amongst the industry about coloured gemstone grading. The frustrations and misunderstandings are especially high for sapphire, the second most commonly-used centrepiece in jewellery after colourless diamond, of course. Read more »

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No time for stick-in-the-muds

I made a big decision in late August while attending the Sydney jewellery fair. You see, our store sells more men’s watches than women’s watches but the issue is that we definitely have more women entering the store than men. Why does this part of the business fall behind and what are we doing about it? Read more »

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Don't hate man-made diamonds

Regarding the great man-made diamond debate, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane back to the 1960s and 70s. Read more »

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That's not a blood tourmaline is it?

CHARLES LAWSON sheds some light on the responsible sourcing of gemstones. Read more »

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A jeweller’s right to boycott

Does the local jewellery industry really contribute to the illegal trade of one of the world’s most contentious materials? NICHOLAS DE KLERK believes so and says it’s about time jewellers took responsibility.
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Mark McGuire, Celestial Fine Jewels

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The power of passion

“My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.” – Bette Davis. Read more »
Brett Bolton, Bolton Gems

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Let’s play fair

Australians are renowned for their fun-loving, courageous and adventurous spirit. We pride ourselves on having a positive outlook, living life to the fullest and bagging a bargain. Say what? Bagging a bargain? Yes, you heard correctly – I believe the search for a ‘good buy’ is one of our defining characteristics. Read more »


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