The Gems&Jewellery Summer Issue 2017 Has Arrived!

The Gems&Jewellery editorial team are excited to announce the release of Gems&Jewellery Summer 2017 Vol 26 / No. 2.

The issue is packed full of content and has contributions from a wide range of authors: Richard Hughes FGA, Alan Hodgkinson FGA DGA, Carmen Garcia-Carballido FGA DGA L. Geology Msc EurGeol, Louise Tippey, Kate Flitcroft FGA, Belinda Morris, Renée Newman GG, Chrissie Douglas and Rui Galopim de Carvalho.

Highlights of the issue include a look at ammolite, also known as 'nature's sleeping beauty', and how the art of Feng Shui is driving a big market for this extremely rare gemstone. 

Readers can also discover an interview with Columbia Gem House president, Eric Braunwart, who discusses ethical sourcing and the soaring popularity of American gemstones. 

We are also pleased to feature an extract from Pearl Buying Guide: How to Identify & Evaluate Pearls by Renée Newman GG. This brilliant book delves into all aspects of pearls, including the many treatments that are currently used in the pearl market. 

For this month's Big Picture, we turned to Richard Hughes FGA, who shares an image of sapphire miners in Ilakaka, Madagascar, from his new book Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist’s Guide.

You will also find a host of regular features in this season's issue, including an exceptional student project, round-ups of the recent Scottish Gemmological Association Conference and AGS Conclave, and insightful opinions from the international Gem-A community. 

The Gem-A publication team hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we have enjoyed putting it together. Gem-A members look out for your copies of Gems&Jewellery, which are on their way to you now. Alternatively you can log in to access your online copy here. ■ 

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Cover image: Thin-film inclusion in a Brazilian topaz crystal. Oblique plus transmitted illumination. Area photographed approximately 1.50 x 2.00 mm. Image courtesy of Anthony de Goutière GG.


Resurrecting an Industry: Reviving Pearls in the United Arab Emirates

Resurrecting an Industry: Reviving Pearls in the United Arab Emirates

First published in the Spring 2018 issue of Gems&Jewellery, Christa Van Eerde MA MLitt DGA FGA explores the history of some of the world’s most magnificent pearls sourced in the Gulf region, including Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE, famously regarded as the historic heart of the pearling world.

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Survivors - The Geology of Diamonds

Survivors - The Geology of Diamonds

From Gems&Jewellery Spring 2018, Gem-A assistant tutor, Beth West FGA DGA, explores the remarkably epic journey of diamonds, and how their characteristic strength is rooted in their archaic origins and resilient survival.

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Sotheby’s Auction Reveals Rare Treasures and Incredible Prices

Sotheby’s Auction Reveals Rare Treasures and Incredible Prices

Collectors, gem experts and jewellery lovers were buzzing with excitement in Geneva on May 15 when a whole host of incredible items hit the auction block. The three most prominent pieces – the Farnese Blue diamond and two 50 carat diamonds – soared far above their estimates to secure eye-watering prices.

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Journal Digest: Radiocarbon Age Dating on Natural Pearls

Journal Digest: Radiocarbon Age Dating on Natural Pearls

Guy Lalous ACAM EG is on-hand to summarise some of the more in-depth articles from Gem-A's The Journal of Gemmology. Here, he explores an article on radiocarbon age dating of natural pearls from the Winter 2017 issue. 

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Blue Diamonds Smash World Auction Records

Blue Diamonds Smash World Auction Records

With blue diamonds smashing auction world records in the last two weeks, and the eagerly anticipated auctions of a phenomenal Kashmir sapphire and the Farnese blue diamond on the horizon, Gem-A explores the latest fascination with blue – the traditional colour of trust and loyalty.

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Birthstone Guide: Emerald for those born in May

Birthstone Guide: Emerald for those born in May

For those born in May, emerald is their birthstone. Here Gem-A gemmology tutor Lily Faber FGA DGA EG explores the history and qualities of this beautiful beryl.

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Jurassic Jet: A Look to the Past to Preserve the Future

Jurassic Jet: A Look to the Past to Preserve the Future

With 2018 being the Year of European Cultural Heritage, Gem-A is excited to share Sarah Steele's important collaborative project between England and Spain to preserve and maintain traditional jet workings, which has recently been granted the European Heritage Seal.

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