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Gemstones
Romancing the stone: Ultrasonic and Gemstones

The ultrasonic cleaner is an essential piece of equipment in a bench jeweller’s workshop. MEGAN AUSTIN lists basic guidelines and discusses the suitability of various gemstones for the cleaner. Read more »
Examples of Cornflower blue and Pigeon’s blood. Image courtesy: Greg C Grace

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Pigeon’s blood and cornflowers: the truth behind gemstone colours

Many people have heard the terms ‘pigeon’s blood’ ruby and ‘cornflower blue’ sapphire but what do these descriptions mean? MEGAN AUSTIN explores some of the most famous gemstone colours in history and where they originate. Read more »
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Down Under Gemstones: The Aussie Diamond

Australia currently ranks as the world’s third-largest producer of diamonds by weight and is estimated to supply 20-million carats this year, mostly from the underground operation at the Argyle mine. MEGAN AUSTIN reports. Read more »
Zircon is prized for its diamond-like lustre, intense fire, brilliance and strong double refraction And it’s these qualities that separate it from its many imitators. Image courtesy: Brendan McCreesh/O'Neils Affiliated

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Down Under Gemstones: Zircon

Zircon is the oldest mineral on earth and Australia boasts the oldest deposits dating back more than 4.4 billion years. MEGAN AUSTIN reports. Read more »
Deposits can be found in Western Australia and South Australia but the finest quality chrysoprase originates from the Marlborough district in Queensland

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Getting to know Chrysoprase: the Australian jade

The GAA’s Australian gemstone series continues with chrysoprase, a gemstone that is said to bring good fortune and prosperity to those who wear it. MEGAN AUSTIN reports. Read more »
Talbot Bay, Western Australia. Location of a Paspaley pearl farm.

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Aussie Gemstones: South Sea Cultured Pearl

Pearl is traditionally known as ‘The Queen of Gems’. This royal moniker reflects the regal beauty that South Sea cultured pearls possess and the feeling of warmth and joy they bestow upon wearers. MEGAN AUSTIN reports. Read more »
Designers from all over the world derive inspiration from the rainbow of colours seen in Australian opal

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Aussie gemstones: Opal

It is said that opal is the luckiest gemstone of all because it contains the colour of every other gemstone. According to MEGAN AUSTIN, this really does make Australia the lucky country for it provides more than 95 per cent of the world’s opal. Read more »

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Aussie gemstones: sapphire

Sapphire has played a unique role in Australia’s mining history that stretches back to the 1850s with the discovery of the first sapphire in NSW. In the first installment of a series looking at Aussie gemstones, MEGAN AUSTIN explores this home-grown treasure. Read more »

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Famous face, celebrated history

Geoffrey Munn is widely recognised for his work on Antiques Roadshow but as MEGAN AUSTIN discovers, there is far more to this antique jewellery specialist than what is seen on television. Read more »

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The gem detective: red gemstones

Faceted, red gemstones represent the colour of love, fire and passion, and are always in demand. What could they be? MEGAN AUSTIN reports. Read more »

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The gem detective: green gemstones

Transparent, faceted green gemstones ranging from mint to moss to dark viridian have held our fascination for generations. What could they be? Megan Austin continues the Gem Detective series. Read more »
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The gem detective: identifying pearl

Do you know the difference between freshwater cultured pearls and Japanese akoya? What about natural Tahitians and dyed black freshwaters? Megan Austin takes a closer look. Read more »

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The gem detective: purple gemstones

Faceted, transparent gemstones ranging from cool violet to warm purple symbolise the colour of royalty and piety. What could they be? MEGAN AUSTIN investigates. Read more »
The Up Close event included a workshop on synthetic diamond detection

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Jewellers get up-close with synthetic and treated diamonds

The Australian jewellery industry recently had the opportunity to examine a rare selection of synthetic diamonds as part of a workshop held in an effort to stay ahead of the controversy surrounding undisclosed lab-created stones. Read more »

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Gem detective: yellow, orange gemstones

Brilliant transparent gemstones in warm tropical tones of pale lemon, rich gold, delicate apricot or vivid saffron can be challenging to identify. What could they be? Megan Austin reports. Subscription required. Read more »

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