Welcome to the Gem-A Blog. Here, you will find up-to-date information on the latest news and trends, exclusive features and regular reports from a host of gemmology insiders. Each month we will share highlights from our printed publications and take you behind-the-scenes at our popular Gem Central events. Would you like to submit an article for the Blog? Email us on editor@gem-a.com


Birthstone Guide: Sapphire for Those Born in September

Birthstone Guide: Sapphire for Those Born in September

Lily Faber FGA DGA EG returns with our latest Birthstone Guide as we enter September. 

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Leading the World's First Gemstone Testing Laboratory: Gem-A's Basil Anderson

Leading the World's First Gemstone Testing Laboratory: Gem-A's Basil Anderson

As we build up to the Gem-A Conference 2018 in November, we are celebrating the Gem-A Greats who have been pivotal in our history. This week’s Heritage Series turns to another of Gem-A’s founding fathers, Basil Anderson.

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The Fascinating History of Platinum Jewellery

The Fascinating History of Platinum Jewellery

As a gemstone and jewellery grading and identification expert at Lang Antiques in San Francisco, Starla Turner FGA GG has seen her fair share of exceptional pieces, both historic and contemporary. Here, she delves into the history of platinum and explores how it has influenced jewellers since the 1700s.

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Dr Herbert Smith - Innovator, Inventor, Gem-A President

Dr Herbert Smith - Innovator, Inventor, Gem-A President

Gem-A’s Heritage Series returns to explore the legacy of Dr George Frederick Herbert Smith CBE, Gem-A President 1942-53, whose determination to make gemmology accessible to the jewellery trade still defines Gem-A today.

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Birthstone Guide: Spinel for Those Born in August

Birthstone Guide: Spinel for Those Born in August

August is here and with it our latest birthstone guide. Here, Lily Faber FGA DGA EG, explores August's spinel as we enter high summer.

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Journal Digest: Delve into the Colours of Rainbow Lattice Sunstone

Journal Digest: Delve into the Colours of Rainbow Lattice Sunstone

Guy Lalous ACAM EG returns with his latest Journal Digest, exploring an article on Rainbow Lattice Sunstone from Australia, featured in the Spring 2018 issue of The Journal of Gemmology Volume 36 No. 1. 

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How Gem-A's First President Took Inaccurate Jewellers to Task in the 1890s

How Gem-A's First President Took Inaccurate Jewellers to Task in the 1890s

For the second instalment of our Heritage Series we discover more about Gem-A's very first president, Sir Henry A. Miers F.R.S, an eminent mineralogist and crystallographer who became Gem-A president in 1932.

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Gem Empathy Competition Returns with a Bolivian Ametrine for IJL 2018

Gem Empathy Competition Returns with a Bolivian Ametrine for IJL 2018

In an excting change from previous years, the 2018 iteration of Gem-A's Gem Empathy competition in association with International Jewellery London (IJL) will invite entries from the whole spectrum of exhibitors, not just Design Gallery creatives. Discover how to enter to win this fabulous ametrine here... 

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Fancy Vivid Pink Diamond Steals the Show in 2018 Argyle Tender

Fancy Vivid Pink Diamond Steals the Show in 2018 Argyle Tender

Fans of beautiful pink diamonds should take notice because Rio Tinto has unveiled the largest vivid pink diamond ever discovered at its Argyle Mine as part of its Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender 2018. Find out more here... 

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Birthstone Guide: Ruby for Those Born in July

Birthstone Guide: Ruby for Those Born in July

For those born in July, your birthstone is the resplendent ruby. Here, Gem-A tutor Lily Faber FGA DGA EG delves into the properties and folklore of this brilliant red gemstone. 

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