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


Gold and Gemstones on the Greek Island of Naxos

Gold and Gemstones on the Greek Island of Naxos

Gems&Jewellery contributor and avid gemstone explorer, Helen Serras-Herman FGA, takes us on a tour of the beautiful Greek island of Naxos and shares insights into the marble, emery, flint and gold that shapes its history. 

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Birthstone Guide: Amethyst for Those Born in February

Birthstone Guide: Amethyst for Those Born in February

It may be connected to the month of love, but throughout history amethyst has been treasured for its ability to bestow luck, serve as an antidote to poison and increase intelligence. Find out more about this beautiful purple variety of quartz in our Birthstones Guide. 

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Journal Digest: Bumble Bee Stone from Indonesia

Journal Digest: Bumble Bee Stone from Indonesia

Guy Lalous ACAM EG delves into an article on Indonesian Bumble Bee Stone (BBS) from The Journal of Gemmology Volume 36, No.3, and presents his edited take on the most essential information, findings and lessons to be learnt. Continue reading here...

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Field Trip: A Visit to Gem-A ATC Institut de Gemmologie de Madagascar

Field Trip: A Visit to Gem-A ATC Institut de Gemmologie de Madagascar

Gem-A tutor Barbara Kolator B.Sc. M.Sc. FGA DGA EG shares some highlights from her recent trip to the Institut de Gemmologie de Madagascar in Antananarivo, which is a proud Gem-A Accredited Teaching Centre (ATC). 

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Birthstone Guide: Tanzanite for Those Born in December

Birthstone Guide: Tanzanite for Those Born in December

Looking for the perfect festive gift for a December baby? Gem-A tutor Lily Faber FGA DGA EG considers the December birthstone tanzanite and how this relatively new gemstone compares to its purple and blue-hued rivals.

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Retail Focus: Beyond the Green

Retail Focus: Beyond the Green

From the Summer 2018 issue of Gems&Jewellery, Gem-A Gemmology Tutor Beth West FGA DGA EG explores Colombian emeralds.

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Interview: Steve Moriarty on a Lifetime in Gems

Interview: Steve Moriarty on a Lifetime in Gems

From the Summer 2018 issue of Gem-A's Gems&Jewellery, Steve Moriarty shares his lifelong gem-cutting journey. 

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Birthstone Guide: Citrine for those born in November

Birthstone Guide: Citrine for those born in November

Gem-A Gemmology Tutor, Lily Faber FGA DGA EG, explores November's birthstone: Citrine

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Heritage Series: Delving into Diamonds - Eric Bruton

Heritage Series: Delving into Diamonds - Eric Bruton

Gem-A's Heritage Series returns to celebrate Eric Bruton, the Association's president 1994-6, whose work on diamonds led to Gem-A's Diamond Diploma. 

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Investigating Fake Rough

Investigating Fake Rough

From the Summer 2018 issue of Gems&Jewellery, Gagan Choudhary FGA, deputy director of Gem Testing Laboratory Jaipur, describes the various types of fake gem rough that has passed his desk in recent months.

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Heritage Series: Let's Bragg about it!

Heritage Series: Let's Bragg about it!

Our Heritage Series returns to celebrate two of Gem-A's most distinguished Presidents, father and son duo Sir William Henry Bragg and Sir Lawrence Bragg, who were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1915 for their research in X-ray Crystallography. 

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Birthstone Guide: Opal for Those Born in October

Birthstone Guide: Opal for Those Born in October

Prized since antiquity, opal is the birthstone for October. Here, Gemmology Tutor Lily Faber FGA DGA EG explores this beautiful gemstone as we enter autumn. 

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Heritage Series: Sir James Walton, The Royal Surgeon

Heritage Series: Sir James Walton, The Royal Surgeon

Our Heritage Series returns to celebrate the legacy of Sir James Walton K.C.V.O, F.R.C.S, M.S, M.B, L.R.C.P, BSc, F.G.A, F.A.C.S, Officier de la Legion d'Honneur

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Heritage Series: The Trailblazing Efforts of Robert Webster

Heritage Series: The Trailblazing Efforts of Robert Webster

Gem-A's Heritage Series returns to explore the career of one of Gem-A's most prolific writers: Robert Webster.  

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Focus on Fluorescence: Looking for the Light

Focus on Fluorescence: Looking for the Light

From the Summer 2018 issue of Gems&Jewellery Volume 27/No. 2, Gem-A Gemmology Tutor Lily Faber FGA DGA EG explores the importance of fluorescence in gemstone testing.

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Birthstone Guide: Sapphire for Those Born in September

Birthstone Guide: Sapphire for Those Born in September

Lily Faber FGA DGA EG returns with our latest Birthstone Guide as we enter September. 

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