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: Pearls for Those Born in June

Birthstone Guide: Pearls for Those Born in June

Those lucky enough to be born in June can claim pearls as their official birthstone. Here, Gem-A gemmology tutor Lily Faber FGA DGA EG, looks into the history and nature of these treasures from the sea.

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Insights and Reactions to De Beers’ New Lab-Grown Diamond Jewellery Brand

Insights and Reactions to De Beers’ New Lab-Grown Diamond Jewellery Brand

The De Beers Group has formally unveiled Lightbox Jewelry – a new fashion jewellery brand set with laboratory-grown diamond. Here, we find out more about the new business and why it has got industry tongues wagging.

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Purple Passion: Gem Carving in Pantone's Colour of the Year

Purple Passion: Gem Carving in Pantone's Colour of the Year

Violet gemstones have recently found themselves in the fashion spotlight thanks to the famous Pantone Colour Institute naming ‘Ultra Violet’ as its ‘Colour of the Year 2018’.

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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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