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Instead of chocolates or flowers, why not pick a romantic gemstone as a Valentine’s Day gift? Here are Gemstone Detective’s top five:
Argyle pink diamonds are valued according to the 4Cs, like any other diamond, but the mine has also developed its own colour chart and grading system.
If you’re in the market for a diamond ring this month, you may be wondering which of these is the right diamond for you. Here’s a brief guide to lab-grown v. natural diamonds to help you decide!
The year’s end is often a time to reflect on the past 12 months before making plans and resolutions for the start of the new. This year, however….
Remembering the best, proudest and favourite moments of this year with the emotional challenges of the worldwide pandemic
What was your proudest moment of 2020? My proudest moment in 2020 was giving an online seminar for the GIA about Gemstone Tourism.
Nicknamed ‘black diamond’ for its high lustre, jet is an organic gemstone created when decaying wood is subjected to extreme pressure over millions of years.
5 types of traveller who I think should join me on my next adventure. Which one are you?
I wonder how many UK gemstone enthusiasts, jewellers and collectors know just what treasures can be found in Scotland’s beautiful landscape!
Today is National Adoption Day 2020 UK, So, what makes this an awareness day close to my heart?
As today is #qualityday, it seems an ideal time to recap what to look for when buying a quality gemstone.
From the other-worldly beauty of UNESCO listed Ha Long Bay (featured in many films) to the blazing red and white sand dunes of Mui Ne, you will be spoilt for natural wonders on your Vietnamese adventure.
Did you read about the two lucky gold hunters who last month unearthed a pair of enormous gold nuggets in Australia
A real expert can tell exactly where a piece of turquoise was mined, right down to naming the mine itself!
I’ve just come back from my research trip around Britain. Along the way, my travels took me to the wondrous wilds of Wales in search of precious gold.
Symbolising love and fidelity, sapphire is a beautiful gemstone that’s tough enough to withstand a few knocks – just like a good marriage.
! If you have children who are getting on each other’s nerves, you could try placing a rose quartz crystal in their play spaces.
Blue topaz tends to be divided roughly into three shades of blue: sky blue, Swiss Blue and London blue. Sky blue is the least saturated of the three and has the lightest tone. It’s closest in colour to an aquamarine. Swiss Blue is slightly darker and more saturated—the colour of a Carribean sea.
Since many people (especially hobbyists and tourist collectors) are still unaware of their presence, I wrote about them in ‘Buying Gemstones and Jewellery in Thailand.’
June is Pride Month, a month to celebrate LGBTQ+ communities all over the world, so let’s have a look at some gemstones that reflect the colours and meaning of the famous rainbow Pride flag!
Because of the environmental and ethical issues surrounding coral jewellery, many jewellers no longer use it in their collections, from big names like Tiffany and Co