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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 »

Gemstones
Organic Gems Part II: Pearls

Known as ‘The Queen of Gems’, pearls are our gems of the sea. These lustrous creations have been loved and admired throughout different cultures across thousands of years. This organic gem is produced within the soft tissue of certain species of molluscs and is found in a variety of hues and forms. Read more »

Feature Stories
A new direction for Baselworld

Now in its 102nd year, Baselworld is – despite the doubters – still setting the pace as the heart of the luxury watch industry, writes MARTIN FOSTER. Read more »

Feature Stories
Fashion Watches: Behind Their Rise in Popularity

Fashion watches have seen a meteoric rise in popularity in the last ten years. ARABELLA RODEN discovers what makes this market tick. Read more »
The Bharat Diamond Bourse in Mumbai

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Bharat Diamond Bourse & Lab-grown diamonds

The world’s largest diamond bourse, the Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) in Mumbai, India, has denied rumours it is planning to lift the ban on the sale of synthetic diamonds on its trading floors. Read more »
The Argyle Octavia white diamond

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Rare gem unearthed at Argyle

The iconic Argyle Mine in Western Australia’s Kimberley region has produced the largest gem-quality white diamond in its history. Read more »
Researchers studied diamonds from Sierra Leone for clues on how continents are formed. Image: GIA

News
Diamond inclusions hold Earth’s secrets

New analysis of the mineral deposits trapped inside diamonds has revealed how the planet’s continents were formed. Read more »

Gemstones
Organic Gems Part 1: Amber

Organic gems are a group of relatively rare and decorative materials that have an animal or plant origin. Amber is fossilised tree resin prized for its rich golden hues. When plant or animal fragments are suspended within the material, they can offer a fascinating peek into our planet’s primordial past. Read more »

Feature Stories
The latest developments in the Japanese watch market

Japanese watches have hit their stride down under, with high per capita sales. COLEBY NICHOLSON finds out just how they do it. Read more »
Image courtesy of: Langerman Natural Color Diamonds

Diamonds
Inside the fascinating world of natural colour diamonds

When it comes to selling colour diamonds, the best advice to retailers is simple – lead with your heart, writes ARABELLA RODEN Read more »
Image Left: Citrine | Right: Amethyst

Gemstones
Colour investigation: Quartz

From the grandeur of large geodes to the colourful and unusually patterned agate and jasper varieties, quartz is one of the most abundant, widely studied and adored mineral groups, popular amongst gem collectors and jewellers alike. STACEY LIM explores the continuing love and admiration for its coloured crystalline varieties. Read more »

Watches
Watch out, Baselworld: Geneva Salon goes from strength to strength

Amid turbulent times for the Swiss luxury watch industry – and the news that the Geneva show is set to synchronise with Basel in 2020 – MARTIN FOSTER reports on the latest from this year’s SIHH. Read more »
Left: Aquamarine | Right: Morganite

Gemstones
Colour investigation: Beryl (Part 2)

In our previous issue KATHRYN WYATT introduced the beryl gemstone family and paid attention to its most famous member: the emerald. Here, she examines other varieties, including the aquamarine, morganite, heliodor and goshenite. Read more »

News
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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