Gems & Colored Stones

Good Luck Charms

May 12, 2016By 0 Comments
Good Luck Charms

May 12, 2016 Wishing for good luck probably started with the arrival of our species. For millennia, we’ve been wooing the kinder fates to grant us our most cherished wishes. Our quest for ensuring a happy tomorrow has included wearing good luck charms. Gems have long been enlisted as good luck charms because they have […]

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Emerald – The Supreme Green Gem

May 18, 2014By 0 Comments
Emerald – The Supreme Green Gem

The timeless appeal of emerald can be summed up in three words written in the year 50 AD: “Nothing greens greener.” Roman historian Pliny the Elder was explaining the desire for the supreme green gem not only in Rome but throughout the ancient world. Cleopatra, Egypt’s tempestuous female monarch, was as famous for wearing emeralds […]

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An Impressive Sapphire and Diamond Brooch

May 29, 2011By 0 Comments
An Impressive Sapphire and Diamond Brooch

An impressive Sapphire and Diamond Brooch was sold for $7.1 million on May 18, 2011 at the Geneva Magnificent Jewels at the Christie’s auction. Set with a cushion-cut sapphire, weighing 130.50 carats, to the openwork rose-cut diamond surround and collet-set old-cut diamond frame, mounted in silver and gold, 6.0 cm. Accompanied by report no. 58361 dated […]

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Market For Natural & Synthetic Gemstones

February 7, 2011By 2 Comments
Market For Natural & Synthetic Gemstones

Hi A Arthur I read with interest on your post on Natural, Synthetics and Stimulants.  To be honest, I am only starting to learn about gemology.  I found your posts interesting as there are many pictures and the explanations are very clear. I have a few questions.  With so many synthesis of gemstones, would synthetic […]

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3 Natural, Synthetic & Stimulant Gemstones

February 6, 2011By 1 Comment
3 Natural, Synthetic & Stimulant Gemstones

As discussed in the previous post (Colored Stones, Precious & Semi-Precious Gemstones, read here) for the initiated one has to understand clearly what is a natural, synthetic and stimulant gemstones.  This post may take you less than 3 minutes to read but once you have digested the material it will stay with you forever with […]

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THE MUZO EMERALD

December 20, 2010By 5 Comments
THE MUZO EMERALD

The Christie’s Geneva sale held on November 17, 2010, witnessed a magnificent 9.27 ct. emerald from the legendary mine of Muzo, Colombia, reaching a price of $824,720 or $89,000 per carat. The unmounted rectangular-cut emerald weighing 9.27 carats is accompanied by report No.1006152 dated 17 June 2010 from the Gübelin GemLab stating that the emerald is […]

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