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<b>L to R:</b> Lance Fischer earrings; Kat Florence necklace; Erica Courtney ring.

Gemstones
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 »
<b>L to R:</b> Kat Florence ring; OGI necklace; Nikos Koulis earrings

Gemstones
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 »

Gemstones
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.

Gemstones
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 »
From candy to crimson, there's a whole vibrant spectrum just within these passionate hues.

Gemstones
The Gem Quarter: Understanding colour - Candy to Crimson

Jeweller explores the vivid spectrum of red, pink and purple gemstones, from chemical quirks and crystal lattice deviations to exotic origins and mystical tales. Read more »

News
Jeweller to publish InColor magazine

The International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) has announced that its quarterly publication, InColor, will now be published by Befindan Media, publisher of Jeweller. Read more »
<b>L to R:</b> Tiffany & Co. necklace; Boucheron ring; H.Stern earrings. <b>Below:</b> Morganite rough; Linneys ring; Chaumet brooch

Gemstones
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 »
Above: Amethyst rough; Bulgari collier Below: Emerald rough

Feature Stories
Mine to market: Evolution of the rough trade

Sir-Faraz ‘Farooq’ Hashmi explores how cultural and geographic differences shape the journey of colour gemstone rough from the distant corners of Earth to the jeweller’s bench. 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

Gemstones
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 »
L to R: Fred Leighton ring, Chow Tai Fook necklace, Andrew Grima brooch | Below: Boucheron bracelet, Arman Sarkisyan ring

Gemstones
Lapis lazuli: The night sky in your hand

Lapis lazuli, often shortened to lapis, gained its name from Latin and Persian origins – lazhuward meaning ‘blue’ in Persian and lapis meaning ‘stone’ in Latin. The gem has been highly prized for thousands of years, being used in jewellery, carvings, seals and decorative items. Read more »
L to R: David Webb earrings | David Webb necklace | Antique Necklace | Below: Fred Leighton bracelet

Gemstones
Jade Part II: Nephrite

In part one of the jade series, we noted that the name ‘jade’ is a commercial term used for two minerals: jadeite and nephrite. Last month we focused on jadeite; this month, we focus on nephrite. Read more »
L to R: Yewn High Jewellery earrings | Tiffany & Co. pendants | Wallace Chan brooch

Gemstones
Jade Part I: Jadeite

The lustrous texture and luminous colours of polished jade have been prized for thousands of years. Ancient cultures in North, Central and South America, New Zealand, Asia and Europe valued jade for its beauty, hardness and durability; properties that made it suitable for use in implements, jewellery, regalia and decorative items. Read more »
Image from L to R: Raw synthetic moissanite material before being grown. Source: Alibaba | Cut and set moissanite Source: Diamond Boutique

Gemstones
Synthetic Moissanite

Synthetic moissanite is marketed by the jewellery industry as an affordable diamond alternative. Named after Nobel Prize winner and French chemist Henri Moissan, moissanite in its natural form is a rare mineral, silicon carbide. Read more »

Gemstones
Chrysoprase

Chrysoprase is the green variant, and most valuable form, of chalcedony. Its name comes to us from the Greek language, with chrysos being the word for gold and prasinon for green. Read more »
L to R: Blue sapphire with asterism; yellow topaz with chatoyancy against background of assorted gemstones.

Gemstones
A guide to asterism and chatoyancy

The beauty of gemstones resides in the optical properties associated with light, be it light reflected within the body of the gem or from the gem’s surface. Read more »

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