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Above: Amethyst rough; Bulgari collier Below: Emerald rough

Feature Stories
Mine to market: Evolution of the rough trade

Sir-Faraz ‘Farooq’ Hashmi explores how cultural and geographic differences shape the journey of colour gemstone rough from the distant corners of Earth to the jeweller’s bench. Read more »
<b>L to R:</b> Tamir earrings; Chopard x Rihanna collier, antique swallow brooch. <b>Below:</b> Turquoise rough; SJ Shrubsole antique brooch

Gemstones
Turquoise

Turquoise has been used as jewellery material for thousands of years and is one of the best-known ornamental gemstones. Finds in archaeological digs in Egypt date back 7,500 years and examples of carved turquoise can be found from 3,000 years ago in China, making it likely one of the first gemstones ever mined. Read more »
L to R: Fred Leighton ring, Chow Tai Fook necklace, Andrew Grima brooch | Below: Boucheron bracelet, Arman Sarkisyan ring

Gemstones
Lapis lazuli: The night sky in your hand

Lapis lazuli, often shortened to lapis, gained its name from Latin and Persian origins – lazhuward meaning ‘blue’ in Persian and lapis meaning ‘stone’ in Latin. The gem has been highly prized for thousands of years, being used in jewellery, carvings, seals and decorative items. Read more »
The Tetlapa Tala Collection of blue diamonds, from the Cullinan Mine in South Africa, has been sold at tender. Image credit: Petra Diamonds

News
Historic sale of blue and pink diamonds

A rare collection of five blue diamonds has been sold for more than $US40 million, while a 14.83-carat stone named ‘The Spirit of the Rose’ has broken the per-carat price record for a purplish-pink diamond. Read more »

Feature Stories
Online watch sales: Running out of time

There is a clear framework for improving watch sales – but in the digital era, it appears retailers are still neglecting online customers, writes GRAHAM HENRICKSON. Read more »
L to R: David Webb earrings | David Webb necklace | Antique Necklace | Below: Fred Leighton bracelet

Gemstones
Jade Part II: Nephrite

In part one of the jade series, we noted that the name ‘jade’ is a commercial term used for two minerals: jadeite and nephrite. Last month we focused on jadeite; this month, we focus on nephrite. Read more »

Diamonds
Read before you buy: the ultimate guide to fancy colour diamonds

Nothing quite compares to the breathtaking beauty of natural fancy colour diamonds. Exquisitely hued and vanishingly rare, each one is unique – and uniquely valuable. Read this guide to buying fancy colour diamonds before you make a purchase.
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L to R: Yewn High Jewellery earrings | Tiffany & Co. pendants | Wallace Chan brooch

Gem of the Month
Jade Part I: Jadeite

The lustrous texture and luminous colours of polished jade have been prized for thousands of years. Ancient cultures in North, Central and South America, New Zealand, Asia and Europe valued jade for its beauty, hardness and durability; properties that made it suitable for use in implements, jewellery, regalia and decorative items. Read more »

Diamonds
Coronavirus roughs up diamond industry

INCLUDES TIMELINE: The coronavirus has forced shutdowns at every stage of the diamond ‘pipeline’, from mines to bourses, the polishing centre of Surat, and retailers. Yet, the pandemic may represent an unlikely opportunity to rebalance the supply chain, writes ARABELLA RODEN. Read more »

New Products
Baume & Mercier

Introducing the Hampton Collection from Baume & Mercier, which is inspired by the lines and principles of Art Deco. Read more »
With the recent departure of several long-standing exhibitors, including Rolex and Patek Philippe, the question begs to be asked: what will become of Baselworld?

Fairs and Events
The rise and fall of Baselworld: A complete timeline

UPDATED: Once touted as a ‘must-do’ pilgrimage for anyone in the luxury industry, Baselworld was renowned as the world’s premier watch and jewellery show. However, following a protracted decline and the withdrawal of high-profile exhibitors, the 103-year-old show was officially put to rest in July 2020. Organiser MCH Group has announced a replacement show, HourUniverse, which will launch in 2021. Read more »
Image from L to R: Raw synthetic moissanite material before being grown. Source: Alibaba | Cut and set moissanite Source: Diamond Boutique

Gemstones
Synthetic Moissanite

Synthetic moissanite is marketed by the jewellery industry as an affordable diamond alternative. Named after Nobel Prize winner and French chemist Henri Moissan, moissanite in its natural form is a rare mineral, silicon carbide. Read more »

Feature Stories
Watch & Learn: trends in time

The world of watches is almost unrecognisable from what it was ten, or even five years ago. From design to functionality and marketing, the category has evolved significantly due to a combination of technological change, industry politics, economic uncertainty and shifts in communication. Read more »

Gemstones
Chrysoprase

Chrysoprase is the green variant, and most valuable form, of chalcedony. Its name comes to us from the Greek language, with chrysos being the word for gold and prasinon for green. Read more »

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