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AMETHYST

AMETHYST
Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz (SiO2) that owes its violet color to irradiation, iron impurities and the existence of trace elements. It oc...

AGTA Amends Code of Ethics-ICA

AGTA Amends Code of Ethics-ICA
I just got this and this is news that you need to know about if you are in the Wholesale Gemstone Industry. AGTA has made some amendments to their...

GEM MINING IN AFGHANISTAN

GEM MINING IN AFGHANISTAN
Afghanistan is a well-known gem producing country accommodating some of the oldest mines in the world. The four main gemstone-producing areas are B...

Garnet is SO Diverse

Garnet is SO Diverse
I was sitting down the other day to write an article about garnet, being January’s birthstone and all, I figured it made sense.  Then, as I starte...

PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR

PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR
Pantone Inc. is a corporation headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey, best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), a proprietary color space u...

OPAL

OPAL
Opal is the National Gemstone of Australia. It is a hydrated amorphous form of silica with a structure that makes it diffract light and take on man...

EMERALD

EMERALD
Emerald means ‘green gemstone’. It is a variety of the mineral beryl (Be3Al2(SiO3)6)colored green by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadi...

TOPAZ

TOPAZ
Topaz can be finished into an almost limitless variety of jewellery due to its versatility. It is a silicate mineral of aluminium and fluorine. A g...

Beryllium treated Blue Sapphires

Beryllium treated Blue Sapphires
Blue Sapphire is a variety of the mineral Corundum in blue. Other two gem-varieties of corundum are Ruby (red) and Padparadscha (pinkish orange...

Garnet

Garnet
Red garnet is one of the most common and widespread of gems, found in metamorphic rocks (which are rocks altered by heat and pressure) on every c...

Blue Topaz

Blue Topaz
The ancient Greeks believed that topaz gave them strength. In Europe during the Renaissance (the period from the 1300s to the 1600s) people thought...

Amethyst

Amethyst
Amethyst has a beautiful wine color and the Greeks associated it with Bacchus, the god of wine. Many believed that amethyst can keep its wearer cle...
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