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The DPA’s latest campaign focuses on the ‘essential truths’ of natural diamonds. Image credit: DPA/YouTube

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New campaign for natural diamonds aims to fight misconceptions

The Diamond Producers Association (DPA) has released new promotional materials to combat misinformation about diamond mining. Read more »

Gemstones
Organic Gems Part VI: Coral

Coral has a long history of use in jewellery. Many cultures across the world have valued coral for adornment, and also for its reputed mystical features. As well as being prized for jewellery, red coral was valued as a charm to ward off evil and to increase fertility. It was held to protect against snakebite and reduce fevers. Read more »

Diamonds
Investment diamonds: worth the risk?

Consumers are increasingly considering diamonds for investment purposes. ARABELLA RODEN explores the pros and cons as well as any potential pitfalls. Read more »
Some of the Australian jewellery industry’s most creative opal specialists were rewarded in Lightning Ridge recently.

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Awards recognise unconventional opal designs

The winners of the International Opal Jewellery Design Awards (IOJDA) have been announced following the prize-giving gala at the Lightning Ridge Opal Festival on 26 July. Read more »
The six ‘hero’ stones from this year’s Argyle Tender, the penultimate event before the mine’s closure in 2020.

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Australia’s diamond production to plummet 99 per cent with Argyle closure

The Argyle Mine, in Western Australia, is set to cease operation in 2020 – drastically reducing Australia’s diamond production to less than 1 per cent of its current output. Read more »

Diamonds
The diamond detectors: searching for truth

The number of synthetic diamonds passed off as natural stones is increasing – yet many jewellers still lack the technology to tell them apart. ARABELLA RODEN reports. Read more »

Gemstones
Organic Gems Part V: Jet

Have you heard the term ‘jet black’? It refers to jet, an organic gem material that originates from fossilised trees. Jet from the best-known source, Whitby in North Yorkshire, UK, formed over 180 million years of high-temperature compression under the sea. Jet is a coherent form of carbon with a hardness of 4 on the Mohs scale – hard enough to take a good polish, which makes it a great choice for jewellery. Its technical name is lignite. Read more »

Diamonds
2019 Buying Guide: Synthetic Diamond Detectors for Aussie jewellers

Discover the manufacturers of synthetic diamond detectors and choose a screener that best fits your needs. From portability to number of stones, speed and price, Jeweller’s synthetic diamond detector buying guide makes your choice simpler.  Read more »
Moda Group has resumed distribution of Swiss watch brand Roamer following the collapse of Lion Brands.

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Roamer returns to Moda Group

Moda Group has confirmed it will return to distributing Roamer watches after the collapse of Lion Brands, and intends to relaunch the brand next month. Read more »
The Looks Like digital tool is designed to help retailers determine how large a diamond appears relative to its carat weight.

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New invention for diamond sizing

Australian diamond expert Garry Holloway has unveiled a new innovation that allows jewellers to describe the size of a round diamond, as it appears to the human eye. Read more »

Gemstones
Organic Gems Part IV: Ammolite

Hundreds of millions of years ago, the Earth was very different. Little did the creatures of our planet know, they would not only be a stepping-stone in the evolution of life, but also provide the humans of the future with fabulous jewellery gems in the form of ammolite. Read more »

Feature Stories
What's new in the watch market?

While many companies have withdrawn from Baselworld in recent years, the Swiss trade show still marks the start of the new watch-buying season. ARABELLA RODEN discovers the latest models from leading brands. Read more »

Diamonds
The white diamond report: Evolution and Survival

The backbone of the jewellery industry is the diamond. ARABELLA RODEN discovers how the category is adapting to new trends and overcoming obstacles. Read more »

Gemstones
Organic Gems Part III: Ivory alternatives

Ivory is a biological gem material used by humans for thousands of years, with early artefacts including carvings and jewellery dating back 32,000 years. However, due to ethical concerns, possession and import of modern elephant ivory harvested after 1975 is an offence in Australia. Read more »
The age of the Ana Maria Pearl has been authenticated using radiocarbon dating

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World first: Radiocarbon dating used to establish pearl’s origin

In what is believed to be a world-first, radiocarbon dating has been used to establish the age of a pearl. Read more »

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