Gem Market Pulse July 2017

Production of Colored Gems High, while Demand is Steady FEATURED GEM: GRAY SPINEL The big news that hit the press just recently was the upcoming buyout of Gemfields by majority shareholder Pallinghurst. This was a wild story to follow and …

The Hamlin Necklace

The Hamlin Necklace is a treasure of the Mineralogical and Geological Museum at Harvard University (MGMH) that was designed and commissioned by Augustus Choate Hamlin in the late nineteenth century. (See cover photo.) Apreeminent piece in the MGMH collections, the …

Handheld Spectroscopy

The spectroscope is a very useful gemological instrument that is underutilized by gemologists worldwide. Learning to master this tool will greatly help in practical gem testing and identification. CORRECT METHODS AND APPROACH IN GEM TESTING Spectroscopy is one of the …

A Sapphire’s Secret

INTRODUCTION At Lotus Gemology, our Bangkok-based gem testing laboratory, we only test for two types of stones: corundum (ruby & sapphire) and spinel. As a result, we often get parcels of stones with similar attributes. This means that sometimes we …

Morganite

Demand for pink gemstones has been fairly strong in recent years. Morganite, the light pink to orange-pink variety of beryl, has been entering the market in greater than typical quantities during the past few years. In fact, these quantities are …

The Market is Active but still Hesitant

DeBeers to sell polished diamonds using auctions. Alrosa sales up 33% over last year. Diamond Producers Association to quadruple advertising budget. Diamond tracking to origin programs increasing. Mismatched fancy color earrings set world record. De Beers Group announced it will …

JCK Las Vegas Show, Color Steady Going

Show traffic down and buyers mostly cautious. Social media increasingly important to marketing success. Buyers reporting that prices more negotiable this year. Price corrections seen beyond corundum but mostly modest. Green gems proving very popular this year.

Gem Market Pulse June 2017

MIXED EXPECTATIONS FOR THE JCK LAS VEGAS SHOW FEATURED GEM: FANCY ZOISITE 5.45 ct. Green Zoisite. Courtesy of Pala International, Photo by Wimon Manorotkul. In the US, the current economic outlook highlights the complexity of the retail market. The strong …

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 …