2012 JCK Las Vegas Jewelry Trade Show

VegasOnce a year, the jewelry industry’s top online publication and hub for news and analysis Jewelers’ Circular Keystone (JCK) holds a convention in Las Vegas. This is the largest and most well-known gem show in North America, bringing together suppliers, designers, jewelers, and everyone in between. It’s a great opportunity for those in the business to network and keep up to date on the happenings going (more…)

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Watermelon Tourmaline

Watermelon TourmalineNow you have probably heard of tourmaline – of which there are a few variants, but there is one subtype of tourmaline that is very unique. It has not just one color, but a combination of three: a medium apple green on the outside, which gradually transcends into a milky white, then finally the deep pink color in the middle. This is known as watermelon tourmaline, because of the resemblance of colors (more…)

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Mohs Scale

Mohs ScaleThe Mohs scale measures the hardness of select minerals. Hardness is the degree to which a gemstone resists scratches. It is determined by the strength of the chemical bonds between its atoms. The scale ranks minerals from one to ten, with ten being the hardest. Each mineral has the ability to scratch all of the minerals ranking below it. The Mohs Scale was originally devised by Friedrich Moh, a mineralogist, (more…)

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Desserts Are Like Diamonds

DessertDesserts, like diamonds, really are a girl’s best friend.

This world famous dessert combines both diamonds and desserts in a unique masterpiece. This chocolate pudding was created by the head chef of Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Cumbria, United Kingdom, Marc Guibert. It comes styled in a Faberge gold egg and is decorated with a two-carat diamond.The dessert consists of a chocolate pudding (more…)

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World’s Most Exclusive Lunch

Crown JewelAs part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Queen Elizabeth is held a lunch for sovereign monarchs.

It was the biggest gathering of monarchs (outside of royal weddings and funerals) seen since 2002, which was the Queen’s previous Golden Jubilee dinner celebration for European sovereign monarchs. The guest list included the European crowned heads of state – Norway, Sweden, and Denmark were in attendance, (more…)

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Diamond in the Rough

SearchWith more than $22,000 in gemstones and prizes at stake and the chance to make the difference in a child’s life, hundreds of people gathered outside a jewelry shop in Billings, Montana hoping to snare one of the coveted diamonds.

The mad dash for diamonds was part of a Mother’s Day celebration put on by the West End community. It was set up so that every participant had exactly one minute to sift (more…)

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Pretty in Pink: Morganite

MorganiteA relatively new gemstone, morganite was discovered in Southern California in the early twentieth century. George F. Kunz, one of the world-famous gemologists of the day, had named the stone after one of his most influential clients – financier J.P. Morgan. Morganite is classified as a type of beryl – which makes it in the same family as aquamarine and emerald. It is also often referred to as pink (more…)

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Worlds Most Expensive Saree

SareeOnce again we are shown that gems are not just made for jewelry. Sarees are and have been a staple look for Indian women throughout the ages. They have dressed them down for everyday wear and dressed them up for special occasions. This intricately hand-woven saree is unique in that it is being entered into the Book of World Records for being the most unique and expensive saree in the world.

The (more…)

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Hooker Emerald

EmeraldThe Hooker Emerald is well-known for its exceptional quality for an emerald of its size. Weighing in at 75.47 carats, it has a prized vivid green hue, good transparency, and is relatively free of inclusions – something very rare for emeralds as a whole.

Its origins trace back to the 16th century, where it was extracted from an unidentified mine in Colombia. The rough stone was sent to Europe to (more…)

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Gemstones Uncovered: Chrysoprase

Chrysoprase EarringsThe gemstone chrysoprase is one of the more expensive semi-precious stones, having an opalescent apple green color which could be mistaken for jade. The stone gets its name from a combination of two Greek words; chyros which translates to gold and prase –meaning leek. It is also known as the Australian jade.

Chyrsoprase belongs to the chalcedony family of gemstones, though among one of its rare (more…)

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