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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Spring 2013 Colours In Jewellery

SpringColor authority Pantone is forecasting a dominance of bright vivid hot reds and yellows among cool neutral pastel blues and soft greens and purples for spring this year.

The color spectrum gives lots of room to get creative with colored gemstone jewelry. Rich blue and purple jewels, you could stick to silver to shimmer with your neutral tones, or use ruby and yellow gold to add surprise pops of (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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