A Gem of a Painting: The Art of Painting with Crushed Gemstones

paintingIn Vietnam’s northern Yen Bai province lies the country’s busiest gem-trading center, Luc Yen district. The first stones discovered in the region were rubies in the late 1980’s, followed by sapphires, spinel, feldspar and tourmaline. After discovery of these gem deposits in the 1990’s, the town grew exponentially to include the community of miners, cutters, and traders.

a new commodity was born. (more…)

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2.1 carat Andrea Birthday Diamond found by State Park visitor last week

Brown Diamond

Diamond is the birthstone of the month, and birthday girl Andrea Murphy celebrated her 30th with a trip to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. Within 2 hours of being there she found herself a 2.1 carat brown diamond!

The category of colour is known as ice tea and was found in the East Drain area of the park. According to Park Interpreter Margi Jenks, “Because of their dark (more…)

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