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1 Emerald from Afghanistan

June 20, 2011By 0 Comments
1 Emerald from Afghanistan

In the gemstone world, Afghanistan is most famous as the source of the world’s finest lapis lazuli. Lapis come from the Badakhshan province of northern Afghanistan, where it has been mined continuously for over 6,000 years. But Afghanistan has important reserves of other gem varieties as well, though only a few have reached the international […]

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Johnson Matthey Announces Sustainable Design Awards Winners

March 31, 2011By 2 Comments
Johnson Matthey Announces Sustainable Design Awards Winners

Johnson Matthey NY announced the winners of the first Sustainable Design Awards March 29. Jason Dow of Jason Dow Jewelry in Honolulu, Stephanie Satow of SCS Jewelry in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Erik Stewart of Erik Stewart Jewelry in Tucson, Ariz., were the winning designers. “We’ve been saying for some time that sustainability is not just about the environment […]

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Antique & Modern Cameos

March 21, 2011By 0 Comments
Antique & Modern Cameos

Cameos, carvings or simulated carvings featured raised images of faces or figures, are once again back in vogue. One of the first glimmers of this trend showed up in the November 2010 issue of More magazine, which showcased modern versions of cameos in the style of Queen Victoria’s era.   From the November 2010 issue of […]

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Jewelry for Japan Relief Efforts

March 21, 2011By 0 Comments
Jewelry for Japan Relief Efforts

The jewelry design community responds quickly to the Sendai Earthquake-Tsunami in Japan by offering styles with sale proceeds earmarked for relief efforts, primarily the American Red Cross Japanese Earthquake Relief Fund. Some 100 percent of sales of Joan Hornig’s Wave of Hope necklace in sterling silver will benefit Japanese relief efforts. The retail price of […]

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Will Synthetic Gemstones Depreciate The Value of Natural Gemstones

March 6, 2011By 0 Comments
Will Synthetic Gemstones Depreciate The Value of Natural Gemstones

Hi Arthur Your post on Natural, Synthetics & Stimulant Gemstones is very interesting and easy to understand. I have a few questions? Will synthetic gemstones ‘hurt’ the value of natural gemstones over an extended period of time, given that they have the same physical, chemical and optical properties as those of its natural counterparts? Will […]

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2 Colored Stones, Precious & Semi-Precious Gemstones

January 26, 2011By 2 Comments
2 Colored Stones, Precious & Semi-Precious Gemstones

For those who are not in the jewelry or gemstones trade, theabove terms are often confusing.  As one started to learn about the Fundamentals (read here) of gemology and jewelry, definitions become important so that if you are a buyer or seller you will be on the same wavelength with your supplier or customers. In […]

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