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The Great Diamond Debate

Six months after De Beer’s surprised the international jewellery industry by entering the synthetic diamond market, we explore whether the decision was a strategic move to ensure competitor innovation did not become blanket disruption or whether De Beers finally saw the light and realised lab-grown diamonds are not a menace after all?

Perhaps it’s even a little bit of both, or perhaps it doesn’t really matter anyway!

Our Great Diamond Debate might help you decide. Read more »
Left: Emerald | Right: Goshenite

Gemstones
Colour investigation: Beryl (Part 1)

What do emerald, aquamarine, heliodor and morganite have in common? They are all from the group of gemstones called beryl and are coloured by trace impurities. KATHRYN WYATT reports. Read more »

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Pink diamond to break Christie’s records

Christie’s Geneva will host an auction next month featuring the Pink Legacy, the largest pink diamond the auction house has ever seen. Read more »
Swiss blue Nigerian topaz (left) | Swiss blue topaz (right)

Gemstones
Colour investigation:Topaz

Topaz has been known as a gemstone for at least 2,000 years. It occurs in a range of colours and has hardness of 8 on the Mohs scale, however it can be brittle. JENNIFER SUGGETT investigates. Read more »

Gemstones
Amber through the eyes of a Geologist

The gemmological notion of precious and decorative stones also includes amber, which is a mineral regardless of its organic origin. Read more »

Gemstones
Baltic Amber Magic: Know your inclusions

Is it possible for amber to fascinate us even more than it already does with its warmth, magic, unique range of hues and natural patterns? The short answer is “yes” according to ELZBIETA SONTAG. Read more »

Diamonds
Lili Diamonds paves way for patented fancy cuts

While patented diamond cuts are not new, one supplier has created a niche specialising in fancy cuts and patented stones. COLEBY NICHOLSON visited Lili Diamonds in Israel to discover why. Read more »
Image courtesy Greg Grace | Figure 1. Chrome tourmaline | Figure 2. Paraíba

Gemstones
Tourmaline: Indicolite, Verdelite & Paraiba

While the red hues of rubellite maintain a steady appreciation, the interest and value of blue and green tourmaline was reignited with the discovery of ‘Paraíba’ tourmaline, STACEY LIM reports. Read more »

Feature Stories
Sapphire Situation: Expedition to Ethiopia's sapphire fields

At the 2017 Tucson Gem Show, author Andrew Lucas was approached by Ethiopian dealers attending a seminar given by Shane McClure, Global Director, Colored Stone Svc. They proposed to Lucas and McClure to conduct research on Ethiopian gemstone deposits for GIA. Read more »
Image courtesy Gia Edu | Red tourmaline (Left) | Pink tourmaline (Right)

Gemstones
Colour investigation: Tourmaline - Part I

Boasting an array of colour and colour combinations unrivalled by any gem species, one can find tourmaline in shades of almost every hue. Throughout history this gem was often confused with other minerals until tourmaline was identified as its own mineral species in the 1800s. STACEY LIM reports. Read more »
Image courtesy Greg C Grace | Pink spinel (Left) | Purple spinel (Right)

Gemstones
Colour Investigation: Spinel

Until recent times, spinel was an underappreciated gem with little consumer recognition. However, as demand for ruby alternatives increase, renewed interest and enthusiasm for spinel grows. STACEY LIM reports. Read more »

Feature Stories
Baselworld: Restructuring in a recovering market

Recently, the swiss watch industry has been caught in a storm of unstable demand and even one of the world’s leading trade shows couldn’t deny it. MARTIN FOSTER reports. Read more »


 


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