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<b>Above:</b>Autore Pearls; Arosha Taglia <b>Below:</b> Assael pearls; Musson

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Pearls Part II: South Sea & Tahitian

South Sea and Tahitian pearls are the most prized of pearls cultured today. These exceptionally lustrous beauties can only be grown with meticulous care in the most pristine environmental conditions. Read more »
<b>Above:</b> Courbet <b>Inset:</b> Scio Diamond Tech

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Part III: Synthetic diamond misconceptions

Over the past few years, comparisons made by the opposing ‘camps’ of natural and synthetic diamond have been rampant, with a large amount of misinformation clouding the scene. Read more »
<b>Above:</b> Swarovski Created Diamonds

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Part II: Synthetic Diamonds

With the success of growing gem-quality diamonds at a reasonable cost, the next step for the synthetic diamond industry was to achieve larger sizes, improve quality, and produce an array of colour options to offer consumers. Read more »
L to R: Anabela Chan earrings; Vrai necklace; Diamond Foundry's lab-created diamond rough before cutting.

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Part I: Synthetic diamonds

Of all the great debates in the gem and jewellery industry, the ‘hottest’ topic continues to be natural versus synthetic diamonds. Varying, and sometimes, ‘opposing’ information is continually published as both synthetic and natural diamond technologies continue to develop. Read more »
L to R: Kimberly McDonald earrings; Boucheron necklace; Chaumet bracelet Below: Cartier necklace; Ornella Ianuzzi ring

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Unusual Opals Part III: Ethiopian Opal

While Australia remains the world's premier supplier of opal – accounting for approximately 90 per cent of the opal on the market – significant opal deposits were discovered in Ethiopia in 1994, 2008 and 2013. Read more »
Left to right: Linneys earrings; Opal Minded necklace; Cartier bracelet

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Unusual Opals Part II: Boulder & Matrix Opal

Australia – the home of opal – is well known the world over for black and white opal specimens; however, boulder and matrix opals are a huge part of the Australian opal industry and only increasing in popularity. Read more »
<b>L to R:</b> Neha Dani ring; Le Vian pendant; Chopard earrings Below: Lydia Courteille cuff; Tiffany & Co. ring.

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Unusual Opal Part I: Fire opal

Opal is famous for the incredible array of colours displayed, from vibrant reds – the most prized – to velvety purples and everything in between. Read more »
<b>L to R:</b> Lance Fischer earrings; Kat Florence necklace; Erica Courtney ring.

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Diaspore: Colour and light

Diaspore derives its name from the Greek word diaspora – meaning ‘to scatter’. The prized colour-change varieties may be better known as Csarite or, formerly, Zultanite. Read more »
Discover the tools and technology shaping today's jewellery industry. Images: Orion Nano 20 Watt Laser Engraver, courtesy Australian Jewellers Supplies; Seiko S880 Digital Multi-Tester

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2021 Equipment Innovations: Innovation Information

As the jewellery trade continues to evolve, so too do the tools and equipment used by its workforce, writes ARABELLA RODEN. Read more »
<b>L to R:</b> Kat Florence ring; OGI necklace; Nikos Koulis earrings

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Apatite: A touch of mystery

Apatite derives its name from the Greek word apate, meaning to deceive – referring to how this gemstone is often confused with other minerals, including the striking Parai´ba tourmaline. Read more »

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Pretty in pink: Kunzite

Kunzite, a variety of spodumene, is a relatively lesser-known gem in the world of jewellery – yet its beautiful pink-to- violet colouring, owed to the presence of manganese, continues to attract a growing number of admirers and collectors. Read more »
<b>L to R:</b> Anna Hu brooch; Fred Leighton necklace; Neha Dani bracelet.

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The magic of moonstone

The aptly named moonstone has been associated with the moon across various cultures throughout history. In Hindu mythology, moonstone is believed to be made of solidified moonbeams. Read more »
<b>L to R:</b> Tiffany & Co. necklace; Boucheron ring; H.Stern earrings. <b>Below:</b> Morganite rough; Linneys ring; Chaumet brooch

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Gemstone: Morganite

Morganite is a pinkish form of beryl. The beryl group of gemstones contains some of the most highly desired and more expensive of the coloured gems – the most famous of which is emerald – with a wide variety of colours represented, ranging from colourless to black. Read more »

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What’s old is gold: understand vintage and antique jewellery

Arabella Roden explores antique and vintage jewellery to discover what makes this category so compelling – for consumers, collectors, and curators alike. Read more »
<b>L to R:</b> Tamir earrings; Chopard x Rihanna collier, antique swallow brooch. <b>Below:</b> Turquoise rough; SJ Shrubsole antique brooch

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Gemstone: Turquoise

Turquoise has been used as jewellery material for thousands of years and is one of the best-known ornamental gemstones. Finds in archaeological digs in Egypt date back 7,500 years and examples of carved turquoise can be found from 3,000 years ago in China, making it likely one of the first gemstones ever mined. Read more »

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