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.

Investigating Ammolite with Canadian Mining Specialist Korite

Investigating Ammolite with Canadian Mining Specialist Korite

Korite is at the forefront of ammolite mining and production, with plans now in place to expand its operation in Canada. Sarah Jordan speaks to the company's president, Jay Maull, to discover how a booming Chinese market, Feng Shui and adventurous jewellery designers are supporting this fascinating gemstone.

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Speaker in the Spotlight: Q&A with John Benjamin

Speaker in the Spotlight: Q&A with John Benjamin

A Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company, Founder Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars as well as a regular contributor to BBC Televsion's Antique Roadshow, John Benjamin sits down with Gem-A to discuss his passion behind antique collectibles.

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Investigating the Opinion of Laboratory Reports and Geographic Origin of Gemstones

Investigating the Opinion of Laboratory Reports and Geographic Origin of Gemstones

This article by Guy Lalous ACAM EG summarises the nature of opinions on geographical origin reports from The Journal of Gemmology discussing ways to improve the helpfulness and transparency of gemmological testing and grading reports.

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Marcia Lanyon Announces Plans to Retire from the Industry

Marcia Lanyon Announces Plans to Retire from the Industry

Founder of Marcia Lanyon Ltd, a global gemstone supplier to leading jewellery designers, Marcia Lanyon has announced she is to retire from the industry towards the end of 2017.

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Can Gemstones Bring Prosperity to Malawi?

Can Gemstones Bring Prosperity to Malawi?

Deborah Craig FGA DGA, head of the Africa Team at International Women in Mining (IWIM) and board member within the organisation, reports on her recent trip to Malawi.

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Gemstone Photographer of The Year 2017 Is Back!

Gemstone Photographer of The Year 2017 Is Back!

Every year Gem-A gives its members and students the chance to show off their skills with the camera lens and creative eye for innovation with its gemstone photographer of the year competition. Have you got what it takes to be Gem-A's gemstone photographer of 2017?

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Rio Tinto Reveals The 2.11ct Argyle Everglow Red Diamond

Rio Tinto Reveals The 2.11ct Argyle Everglow Red Diamond

It is always an exciting time of year when Rio Tinto unveils what has been discovered at its Argyle diamond mine. Typically, this is beautiful pink diamonds, with the occasional purplish violet tones. Even rarer still are the fancy red diamonds, that remain a mysterious quantity even today.

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Birthstone Guide: Peridot for Those Born in August

Birthstone Guide: Peridot for Those Born in August

Lily Faber FGA, gemmology and diamond tutor at Gem-A unveils the striking tones of Peridot, the August birthstone; a fitting beauty of nature to compliment the vibrant and zesty 2017 Pantone Colour of the year, 'Greenery'.

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