Gem Market Pulse May 2017

Political influence forecast on the gem market, ruby supplies reaching record levels, origin calls harder today. Featured gem is Paraiba tourmaline.   We wait and watch as international politics are changing the world and we wonder how all this might …

Inhorgenta Munich Trade Fair 2017

The show featured six halls: Timepieces, Technology & Bijoux, Fine Jewelry, Elegance & Lifestyle, Carat and Contemporary Design, and Vision. The Inhorgenta Show was held February 18-21 at the Messe Munchen Fair Grounds (Munich) Germany. The main halls are connected …

Ruby Surplus Possible, Other Gems in Demand

The business mood is mixed. Beryl, garnet and tourmaline experiencing strong demand in the current market. The industry is gearing up to be flush with rubies. Consumers to benefit from more ruby choices and prices corrections. The pro-business outlook that …

Polished Prices Remain Stable

Polished diamond prices stable for “Show Season” while rough diamond prices creep up. DeBeers owned Victor mine in Canada scheduled to close. Diamond company acquisition talks looming. Polished diamond prices stable for “Show Season” while rough diamond prices creep up. …

Manufacturing Process Problematic?

A manufacturing process offered an unexpected surprise to a jeweler and it was not a pleasant surprise at all. This article is a warning that the outside of the jewelry may conceal something in the inside. A colleague recently sent …

Chrysoberyl

INTRODUCTION Chrysoberyl, BeAl2O4, is a mineral species with well-known varieties, namely alexandrite and chrysoberyl cat’s eye. Much has been written about chrysoberyl’s varieties, so this gem note is intended to focus on the transparent faceted material. Chrysoberyl maintains a low …

Tanzanite – Born from Lightning

Born From LightningDidier Brodbeck & Hayley A. Henning Hardcover, 195 pages Dazzling Books, 2016 ISBN: 978-2-940506-11-8 $79.95 Some books are rich in text, others are rich in beauty. When you pick up this book and flip to just about any …

Blue Zircon

Unusual gems have been gaining popularity recently amongst consumers. Zircon, known for its attractive properties, is one of them. Brightly colored varieties with diamond-like dispersion have long been the cause of dealers’ fascination with zircon. Today it is making a …

Gem Market Pulse April 2017

While the Pink Star sets a new record of $71.2M at jewelry sales, an independent retail forecast predicts a 6.8% fall in profits for the first quarter… Feature: Alternative Metal Jewelry      Titanium rings by Edward Mirrell. Photo courtesy …

Gem Market Pulse – March 2017

Expectations for 2017 are high as the market senses perceived pro-growth business environment. Featured gem is Chalcedony…. Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows have always been looked to as a fairly reliable measure of what the gem trade can expect for …

Secrets of the Gem Trade

Richard W. Wise, GG Hardcover, 385 pages 2nd Edition Brunswick House Press, 2016 ISBN: 9780972822329 $99.95 Most gem professionals are familiar with the first edition of this large volume by Richard Wise. It has been sold worldwide and celebrated by …

Cuprian Tourmaline

Discovery of vivid blue, green, and purple-to-violet tourmalines, a.k.a., “Paraíba” in Batalha, Brazil in 1982 changed the way the gem market perceived tourmalines. The unquestionably vivid colors were due to copper and this color agent was not documented in tourmaline …