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


Last Chance to See the Record-Breaking Foxfire Diamond at the Smithsonian

Last Chance to See the Record-Breaking Foxfire Diamond at the Smithsonian

The largest known uncut, gem-quality diamond mined in North America is available to view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History until February 2017...

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From Elizabeth I to Elizabeth Taylor with John Benjamin FGA DGA

From Elizabeth I to Elizabeth Taylor with John Benjamin FGA DGA

John Benjamin FGA DGA, jewellery consultant, contributor to BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, author and historian, presented the January Gem Central at Ely Place. Angharad Kolator Baldwin reports on his fascinating lecture...

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Gem-A Student Celebrates Southend Success at Houses of Parliament

Gem-A Student Celebrates Southend Success at Houses of Parliament

Second generation family business CJ Vinten, was recently invited to exhibit its wares at the Houses of Parliament to celebrate a milestone for Southend...

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Diving into the World of New Zealand Paua Shells

Diving into the World of New Zealand Paua Shells

Paua shells are the archetypal New Zealand gem - possibly even better known than its nephrite jade, known as 'greenstone' or Kauri copal, the fossilised resin or sap of the Kauri Tree. Here, Maggie Campbell Pedersen FGA looks to the ocean to learn more about paua shell, how it is farmed and how it is used in jewellery design...

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Vivid Purple and Violet Diamonds Shine in 'Rare Brilliance' Showcase

Vivid Purple and Violet Diamonds Shine in 'Rare Brilliance' Showcase

A breath-taking array of rare, fancy colour diamonds is on display now at The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County...

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Reconstructed Amber Broken Down

Reconstructed Amber Broken Down

This article by Guy Lalous ACAM EG summarises a technical article from The Journal of Gemmology discussing the identification criteria for early (pre 2009) and current (post 2009) reconstructed amber, based on documented samples at the National Gemstone Testing Center (NGTC) in Beijing...

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Inhorgenta 2017 Set to Impress with Gem Forum and Pearl Forum Seminars

Inhorgenta 2017 Set to Impress with Gem Forum and Pearl Forum Seminars

Munich-based trade event Inhorgenta has taken its seminar content up a notch for 2017, incorporating a Gem Forum and its fourth annual Pearl Forum on the opening two days of the show...

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Gem-A to Display Historic Instruments at 'Somewhere In The Rainbow' Tucson Exhibit

Gem-A to Display Historic Instruments at 'Somewhere In The Rainbow' Tucson Exhibit

Gem-A has been invited to take part in a new exhibition of gemstones and gemmology in collaboration with Somewhere In The Rainbow and the University of Arizona Mineral Museum...

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