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


The Colours of Topaz: November Birthstone

The Colours of Topaz: November Birthstone

Topaz is most often associated with the colours yellow, orange, blue and pink, but it can also be colourless, green and brown. Find out more about the second birthstone of November, here. 

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Birthstone Guide: Citrine for Those Born in November

Birthstone Guide: Citrine for Those Born in November

As we enter the dark winter months, November’s birthstone citrine offers rays of warm yellow-orange sunshine. Here, gemmology tutor Lily Faber FGA DGA EG explores the properties and folklore around this sunny gemstone.

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Why are Some Gemstones Associated with Bad Luck?

Why are Some Gemstones Associated with Bad Luck?

With Halloween looming around the corner, there surely couldn’t be a better occasion to discuss the mysterious stories surrounding gemstones which, allegedly, bring bad luck. Here, Lily Faber FGA DGA EG delves into the superstitions surrounding three infamous gemstones.

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Exploring the Varieties of Quartz

Exploring the Varieties of Quartz

At Gem-A we are fascinated by quartz. Here, Gem-A Tutor Pat Daly takes us through a whistle-stop tour of some of the most distinctive varieties of quartz and the interesting inclusions and optical effects that can be seen in them.

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The Extraordinary Siren of Serendip Blue Sapphire

The Extraordinary Siren of Serendip Blue Sapphire

At 422.66 carats, the Siren of Serendip blue sapphire is a sight to behold. Here, Rui Galopim de Carvalho FGA DGA shares the story behind this fascinating (and exceptionally large) gemstone and describes the process of setting it into a beautiful white gold and diamond necklace.

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Gems&Jewellery Winter 2019 is Available to Read Now!

Gems&Jewellery Winter 2019 is Available to Read Now!

We are pleased to announce that the Winter 2019 issue of Gems&Jewellery is now available to Gem-A Members and students in print and online.

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A Journey into the Blues of Iolite from Tamil Nadu

A Journey into the Blues of Iolite from Tamil Nadu

Gem-A graduate Nishka Vaz FGA shares an abridged version of her stellar Gemmology Diploma project, which focuses on the various colourations of iolites from Tamil Nadu, India.

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Birthstone Guide: Opal for Those Born in October

Birthstone Guide: Opal for Those Born in October

The captivating opal is the birthstone for all those born in October. Here, Gem-A tutor Lily Faber FGA DGA EG explores the history and properties of this iridescent and rainbow coloured gemstone.

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Gem Highlights of Goldsmiths' Fair 2019

Gem Highlights of Goldsmiths' Fair 2019

Hosted in the majestic Goldsmiths' Hall, Goldsmiths' Fair is always an annual highlight for those working the gold, silver and jewellery industries. Gem-A Communications Assistant, Olivia Gillespie, reports on some of the key jewellery trends and gem highlights our team enjoyed at this year's Fair.

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Gem-A Confirms Oldest Known Carved Tourmaline

Gem-A Confirms Oldest Known Carved Tourmaline

In July 2019 Gem-A tutor Pat Daly FGA and operations manager Charles Evans FGA DGA visited Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum to study a unique and highly significant carved tourmaline.

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An Exploration of Amethyst in Antique Jewellery

An Exploration of Amethyst in Antique Jewellery

In his second of a series of Gemstone Conversations columns for Gems&Jewellery, jewellery historian and valuer John Benjamin FGA DGA FIRV considers how amethyst has been used by jewellery designers throughout history.

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Getting to Grips with Multi-Coloured Gemstones

Getting to Grips with Multi-Coloured Gemstones

Many of us marvel at the feat of nature that is the multi-coloured gemstone. Here, Gem-A Gemmology Tutor Lily Faber FGA DGA EG takes us through the basics of three popular multi-coloured gemstones and explains how they can be identified.

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Gem-A at Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair 2019

Gem-A at Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair 2019

Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair is only a few days away and we are getting very excited to meet visitors and colleagues from the jewellery and gemstone industries, and of course be dazzled by the many gemmological marvels that will be on show at this world-class event.

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Birthstone Guide: Sapphire for Those Born in September

Birthstone Guide: Sapphire for Those Born in September

Legend describes sapphire as a stone of honesty, trust and prosperity, bringing inner peace and protection to its wearer. Here, we consider the many facets of the September birthstone...

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A First Time Visit to Intenational Jewellery London 2019

A First Time Visit to Intenational Jewellery London 2019

Gem-A’s communications assistant, Olivia Gillespie, reflects on her first experience at one of the UK’s biggest jewellery trade shows, International Jewellery London.

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Gem-A at International Jewellery London 2019

Gem-A at International Jewellery London 2019

International Jewellery London is just around the corner and all of us at Gem-A are hugely excited for what promises to be a scintillating showcase of jewellery and gemstones! Take a look at some of the exciting activities and events we have planned for this year's show...

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Buying Guide: Which Gemstones are in the Beryl Family?

Buying Guide: Which Gemstones are in the Beryl Family?

Gem-A gemmology tutor Lily Faber FGA DGA EG takes us through the variety brilliantly coloured gems belonging to the beryl family.

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Understanding Red Beryl

Understanding Red Beryl

Gem-A is pleased to have some fascinating red beryl specimens in the historic Gem-A Gemstone & Mineral Collection. Here, Gem-A senior gemmology tutor Rona Bierrum FGA DGA EG, explores what makes this rare member of the beryl family so special.

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Famous Gemstones: The Star of India Sapphire

Famous Gemstones: The Star of India Sapphire

Look at any list of the top 10 most famous gemstones in the world and you will undoubtedly come across the Star of India. Here, we find out more about this incredible star sapphire and discover its fantastical history, which reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie.

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The Gems&Jewellery Autumn 2019 Issue Has Landed!

The Gems&Jewellery Autumn 2019 Issue Has Landed!

We are pleased to announce that the Autumn 2019 issue of Gems&Jewellery magazine is now available to Gem-A Members and students in print and online.

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