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: 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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Gold of the Scythians: Art, Culture and Techniques

Gold of the Scythians: Art, Culture and Techniques

On Tuesday March 27 2018, Gem-A’s new editorial coordinator, Dr Sarah Bremner, joined a gathering of the Society of Jewellery Historians at the Society of Antiquaries in Central London for their March lecture: ‘Gold of the Scythians: art, culture and techniques’. Here, she summarises their fascinating lecture.

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Two Incredible 50ct Diamonds up for Auction at Sotheby’s

Two Incredible 50ct Diamonds up for Auction at Sotheby’s

Calling all diamond aficionados! Two of the largest, purest white diamonds ever to come to auction will be presented at Sotheby’s Geneva on May 15. Here, we find out more about these flawless D Colour, Type IIa diamonds that weigh over 50 carats each.

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Myths and Legends: Discover the Ancient Link Between Amber and the Sea

Myths and Legends: Discover the Ancient Link Between Amber and the Sea

We often hear the phrase “the sap is rising” in reference to the early days of spring, which makes the sunny glow of amber a most appropriate gem for those born under the star sign of Taurus (20 April – 21 May). Here, Gem-A senior tutor, Rona Bierrum FGA DGA, shares some of the myths and legends that surround amber. 

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As Transparent as a Diamond? Why Blockchain Technology is Making Headlines

As Transparent as a Diamond? Why Blockchain Technology is Making Headlines

With some of the industry's biggest players experimenting with blockchain technology, Gem-A tutor Beth West FGA DGA, discusses the turbulent history of diamonds and how this emerging digital ledger can help to redeem their reputation among customers.

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The Gems&Jewellery Issue for Spring 2018 has Landed!

The Gems&Jewellery Issue for Spring 2018 has Landed!

The Gem-A editorial team are excited to launch the brand new issue of Gems&Jewellery for Spring 2018, Volume 27/ No.1

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Characterising Mexican Amber From the Yi Kwan Tsang Collection

Characterising Mexican Amber From the Yi Kwan Tsang Collection

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 delves into a feature on Mexican amber and the use of FTIR spectroscopy to determine provenance from the Winter 2017 issue. 

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