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Figure 1. Natural, BeHT sapphire.  Figure 2. Synthetic, flame fusion sapphire

Gemstones
Understanding inclusions: part 2 sapphire

Inclusions are an integral part of identifying any range of treatments that can be applied to gemstones to boost value. JUNE MACKENZIE reports. Read more »
Figure 1 (left). Synthetic flux emerald. Figure 2 (centre). Hydrothermal emerald. Figure 3 (right). Natural emerald

Gemstones
Understanding inclusions: part 3 emerald

Understanding emerald inclusions is a vital part of the sales process. JUNE MACKENZIE reports. Read more »
Despite mediocre financial results, Swatch anticipates ‘healthy’ figures in the year ahead. Image courtesy: <a href="http://bit.ly/2p3or0u" target="_blank">Facebook/Swatch AU</a>

News
Swatch sales continue to plunge

Although Swatch Group has released less than stellar financial results for 2016, ‘healthy’ figures were anticipated for the year ahead. Read more »
Figure 1. (left) Corrosion tubes. Figure 2. (right) Lamellar twinning

Gemstones
Understanding inclusions: part 4 tanzanite

Compared to other gemstones, tanzanite is young. JUNE MACKENZIE discusses this popular gemstone that Tiffany & Co brought to market in the 1960s. Read more »
(Clockwise from top left) Twin Plaza Metals, Linneys, Worth & Douglas, Linneys, Twin Plaza Metals, Linneys, Worth & Douglas

Bridal & Engagement Trends
Wedding rings 2017: display kits to dazzle

In the competitive wedding ring market, standing out from the crowd is paramount. Read more »
Image courtesy: Baselworld

Fairs and Events
A modest contraction for Baselworld 2017

Baselworld for 2017 is over and the industry is hoping to put this past year behind it and develop fresh, new and recovering markets. MARTIN FOSTER reports. Read more »
Seiko

Fairs and Events
Baselworld: producing the goods when the going gets tough

Roll up, roll up, the new watch releases are in town! EMILY MOBBS visits Baselworld 2017 to discover what’s in store for the local market in the season ahead. Read more »
Figure 1. (left) Inclusion consisting of a liquid phase with a vapour bubble. Figure 2. (right) Polariscope-revealed inclusion

Gemstones
Understanding inclusions: part 5 tourmaline

Always colourful, always durable; tourmaline is a jewellery-industry favourite. JUNE MACKENZIE reports. Read more »
The GIA's new service traces a diamond's origin, and includes an app for consumers

News
New GIA service traces diamond’s origin

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has introduced a program that allows retailers to track the origin of select polished diamonds, potentially providing a unique selling opportunity and improved consumer confidence. Read more »

Gemstones
Colour investigation: Opal

The quality of colour can be dissected into vibrancy, evenness, pattern and, in some cases, uniqueness; however, what on earth causes it? This series is dedicated to exploring the different causes of colour in gemstone minerals. STACEY LIM reports. Read more »
International Colored Gemstone Association

Gemstones
Packing a colourful gemstone punch

In a difficult climate, coloured gemstones are offering jewellers an opportunity to stand out. EMILY MOBBS investigates current market trends for this colourful sector. Read more »
Image courtesy Hamid Bros Gem Merchants

Gemstones
Colour Investigation: Alexandrite

Emerald by day and ruby by night, alexandrite is perhaps the best example of the magical colour-changing variety of gemstones. STACEY LIM reports. Read more »

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