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 …

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 …

Gem Market Pulse February 2017

The U.S. colored stone trade expectations for the year 2017 shows are very upbeat. An update on Chinese freshwater cultured pearl pricing…   Numbers indicate that online shopping had a significant rise during the holiday season compared to the previous …

Gem Market Pulse January 2017

Gem industry optimistic heading into new year…warning on ruby misrepresentations Heading into the new year, there is optimism among many in the industry. Early reports from retail jewelers show that the holiday shopping season was overall a little better than …

Gem Market Pulse – November 2016

Synthetic Diamonds There is a growing concern over undisclosed synthetic diamonds, especially in melee sizes detected in salted parcels. Consumer confidence is being threatened due to an increase in undisclosed synthetic diamond entering the market. Recent announcements of CVD production …

Gem Market Pulse – October 2016

Retailers interested in unusual material beyond sapphire. This summer’s soft demand is attributed to the coming elections, although dealers began to experience some improvement by mid-September. The market hopes to see the sense of uncertainty and stress disappear ahead of …

Gem Market Pulse – September 2016

Cultured Pearl Appeal Natural pearls represent one of the earliest gems. For many ancient civilizations, pearls held high esteem as they were regarded part of national treasures. Valued for their beauty and rarity, ownership was limited to only the wealthiest …

Gem Market Pulse – August 2016

Latest on Colored Stone Market Consumers remain cautious about spending on luxury goods, including jewelry, as the presidential campaign exploits antiestablishment angsts among America’s middle class. Gemworld’s Vice President Stuart Robertson reported in his last article in the GemGuide that the Las Vegas Show reflected this mood as was predicted. …

Gem Market Pulse – July 2016

Exceptional Diamond Auctions Worldwide In contrast to the softening in the middle market for diamonds and colored stones, important pieces continue to set record high prices at auction. Strong prices are achieved by the famous auction houses and the results are available to …

Gem Market Pulse June 2016

How Much Do We Know About Coated Gems? The gemstone business is colorful. Color is the first feature to market along with transparency and luster when selling colored gemstones. Many gem varieties are lustrous and come in transparent form but …

Gem Market Pulse – May 2016

Current Conditions in the US Colored Stone Market Consumer spending levels indicate a cautious mood despite moderate growth of the economy and favorable employment numbers in the US. In most cases, such conditions would signal market stability providing confidence to …

Gem Market Pulse – April 2016

A Reminder on Ti-Diffusion Treated Sapphires in the Gem Market Gemworld has been receiving many comments and questions in pricing of diffusion treated sapphires. As challenging as detection of Be-Diffused (aka lattice diffused) sapphires are, Ti-Diffused (aka surface diffused) sapphires …

Gem Market Pulse – March 2016

The Jewelry Industry Summit: The goal is to reach consensus on a shared vision for responsible sourcing that works for all sectors of the industry – while meeting consumer demand for ethical products….               …