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Photo Courtesy: Ian Bone
Photo Courtesy: Ian Bone

Aussie gems impress in London

As reported by the ABC, Australian opals have made a splash at London Fashion Week. A masterclass held in the UK capital by Australian ethical gem supplier Ian Bone, of Capricorn Gems, informed British designers and international buyers about how the gemstones are extracted, mined and cut.

Bone also brought along unheated, un-treated sapphires and zircon, which his company sources from selected producers in the area west of Emerald, along the Tropic of Capricorn in Queensland.

“Central Queensland gems are second to none,” Bone told the ABC. “Our boulder opals in particular can only be found in western Queensland, with sapphires being well known internationally as high in quality.”

Ian Bone of Capricorn Gems
Ian Bone of Capricorn Gems

Building on the consumer trend for ethical and sustainable gemstones, Bone emphasised Capricorn’s ability to trace every gemstone back to its origin mine.

“It's a movement that is taking effect in London and the UK, with the message to consumers being they need to hold the jewellery industry accountable in regard to where a product has been mined.”

As Jeweller reported back in November (‘Coloured Gemstones: A Spectrum Of Opportunities’), Australian coloured gems are seeing an increase in demand as consumers become more adventurous. The sector also presents an opportunity for better margins than in the more competitive diamond industry, as well as more creativity for designers.

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