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


What Should Be in the Ideal Gemmologist’s Toolkit?

What Should Be in the Ideal Gemmologist’s Toolkit?

Gem-A Instruments manager, Sam Lloyd FGA DGA EG shares her advice on compiling your own gemmology toolkit that’s useful, portable and reliable in the field or at trade events. How many of Sam’s essential items are in your collection? Find out here…

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Gem-A Photographer of the Year Competition Returns for 2019!

Gem-A Photographer of the Year Competition Returns for 2019!

Gem-A’s annual Photographer of the Year competition returns with a new format and exciting prizes. Do you have what it takes to be crowned the winner?

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Understanding Stibnite

Understanding Stibnite

Gem-A assistant gemmology tutor, Dr Juliette Hibou FGA explores the history, origins and chemical composition of the mineral, stibnite, which can be found in the Gem-A Gemstone & Mineral Collection.

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Explore the History of Garnet in Antique Jewellery

Explore the History of Garnet in Antique Jewellery

Jewellery historian and valuer, John Benjamin FGA DGA FIRV explores the cultural significance and history of the use of garnet in jewellery design from Ancient Rome to the 1920s.

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Birthstone Guide: Pearls for Those Born in June

Birthstone Guide: Pearls for Those Born in June

We believe everyone should own at least one piece of pearl jewellery… especially those born in June as pearls are their birthstone! Gem-A gemmology tutor Lily Faber FGA DGA EG considers the history and natural properties of these treasures from the sea.

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What Makes the Alexandrite Colour-Change Effect so Special?

What Makes the Alexandrite Colour-Change Effect so Special?

Sometimes known as ‘emerald by day, ruby by night,’ the gemstone alexandrite is a marvel of nature and the alternative birthstone for those born in June. Here, Julia Griffith FGA DGA EG explores the history, properties and colour change effect of this fascinating gem.

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What Are the Most Important Gemstone Producing Countries in the World?

What Are the Most Important Gemstone Producing Countries in the World?

Gem-A operations manager and seasoned traveller, Charles Evans FGA DGA, considers whether gemmologists can put gem-producing countries into an ‘order of importance’ and offers his thoughts on what would make the perfect gemstone-hunting holiday.

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Don't Miss the Summer 2019 Issue of Gems&Jewellery!

Don't Miss the Summer 2019 Issue of Gems&Jewellery!

We are delighted to announce that the Summer 2019 edition of Gems&Jewellery is now available to Gem-A Members and Students in print and online. 

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Breaking down the Misunderstandings about Precious Coral

Breaking down the Misunderstandings about Precious Coral

Inspired by Pantone’s ‘Color of the Year 2019’, Rui Galopim de Carvalho FGA DGA dives into the underwater world of precious coral and addresses some of the misunderstandings around its use in the jewellery industry.

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