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Ultimate guide to birthstones

While most people are familiar with the term “birthstone” and its association with a monthly calendar, do you know which one corresponds with each month? And perhaps more importantly, can you answer customer questions about gemstones? Read more »
Jewellers are advised to avoid prolonged heat and ultrasonic processes when mending and making opal jewellery

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Opal rumour, myth and mystery

Will the Australian opal industry ever outgrow its association with poor quality, mass-produced triplet jewellery? And what about those rumours that opal is bad luck? Megan Austin goes digging. Read more »

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Tourmaline: a rainbow in all seasons

The name tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese word “turmali,” which means “mixed”. Colour is the major characteristic of this gorgeous stone, which is found in more hues, shades and nuances than any other gem – a veritable rainbow that really lives up to its name. Read more »

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Quartz: the chameleon of gems

Throughout history, quartz has been recognised as the chameleon of gemstones, substituting for an incredibly diverse range of more expensive gemstones from diamond to jade; however, in recent times, the incredible variety of quartz is being appreciated for its own sake. Read more »

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Garnet: lights the way

Deep red is generally the colour that comes to mind when thinking of garnets. The use of garnet dates back to biblical times, with several references to the gem in the Bible. Legend has it that a large garnet adorned a pedestal in the middle of Noah's Ark. The brightness of the stone was said to illuminate the sea, allowing the ship to travel safely through the night. Read more »

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Tanzanite: The African gem

Tanzanite is actually a coloured form of the mineral, zoisite and ranges in colour from an aqua to a deep, royal blue. Read more »


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