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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The Votes are In: 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid

ColorPantone’s pick of the year is Radiant Orchid, a hot pink infused shade of purple. Following this year’s Emerald Green, it seems that the trend is towards bright, jewel-toned colors. In fact, the two are color-wheel opposites. When paired together, they create a nice complementary contrast, which means you can take all of the emerald green in your current wardrobe and wear it again this year!

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The Importance Of Certification

GradingGemstones are beautiful crystals born in the earth. They are made from minerals and organic materials in natural processes of fossilization, heat and pressure and dehydration. They have been coveted and prized for centuries, cut and polished into beautiful jewels and worn in jewelry. Some gemstones are similar in appearance to others if you are not sure what you are looking at. For example spinel is (more…)

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Russia’s Great Imperial Crown Recreated

CrownThe great imperial crown has been the symbol of power for Russian rulers for more than two centuries and is one of the country’s most admired jewels. Made of fine silver set with 4,936 diamonds totalling 2,858 carats and set with a world record size spinel atop the crown, it is not only a national Russian treasure but also an important world artifact. Jewelers from Smolensk sought to recreate the crown (more…)

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