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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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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: 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 »

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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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The Gem Detective: Pink Gemstones

Pink transparent gemstones appeal to a wide range of tastes and also come in a wide range of forms. From lavender to hot pink, what could they be? MEGAN AUSTIN sets out to investigate. Read more »

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The gem detective: colourless gemstones

Sparkling, colourless gemstones may appear similar to the naked eye but they can vary significantly in identity, rarity and value. Making such distinctions requires the detective skills of a qualified gemmologist. Megan Austin reports. Subscription required. Read more »

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The gem detective: identifying blue gemstones

Beautiful blue gemstones ranging from sky-coloured pastels to deep-sea blues are captivating to many but not always so easy to identify. In this new series, the gem detective, Megan Austin discusses how to navigate the complexities of the blue gemstone family. Read more »

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The cat's eye

The French-named “oeil de chat” or “eye of the cat” is a powerful protective talisman said to ward off evil spirits and even improve night vision. Megan Austin explores this popular and unusual gemstone. Subscription required. Read more »

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Colour-change diaspore: a Turkish treasure

From the land of exotic spice markets, grand bazaars and ancient ruins comes a beautiful, rare and unusual colour-changing gemstone. Megan Austin investigates Turkish diaspore and the trademarked names that honour its country’s heritage. Read more »
Mogok stone tract market

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Burmese rubies: A brief stay in heaven

The path down Myanmar’s infamous Mogok Stone Tract is perilous but the promise of riches continues to attract intrepid gemstone explorers. E. Billie Hughes visits the ruby capital. Read more »
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Star gemstones: armed and phenomenal

When rotated in the hand, star gemstones seem to follow the bearer in an unblinking gaze. It’s easy to see why they were once used as guiding stars by ancient travellers and seekers. Megan Austin reports. Read more »

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Glorious garnets: a family tree

The garnet family is one of the oldest, most prolific known to man. Megan Austin traces this remarkable family tree. Read more »

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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 »

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15 great gemstone myths and bunkum

As if there isn't already enough misinformation about jewellery on the internet, retailers also regularly have to deal with myths and bunkum about gemstones. Read more »

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