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 firstname.lastname@example.org
As we build up to the Gem-A Conference 2018 in November, we are celebrating the Gem-A Greats who have been pivotal in our history. This week’s Heritage Series turns to another of Gem-A’s founding fathers, Basil Anderson.
As a gemstone and jewellery grading and identification expert at Lang Antiques in San Francisco, Starla Turner FGA GG has seen her fair share of exceptional pieces, both historic and contemporary. Here, she delves into the history of platinum and explores how it has influenced jewellers since the 1700s.
Gem-A’s Heritage Series returns to explore the legacy of Dr George Frederick Herbert Smith CBE, Gem-A President 1942-53, whose determination to make gemmology accessible to the jewellery trade still defines Gem-A today.
Guy Lalous ACAM EG returns with his latest Journal Digest, exploring an article on Rainbow Lattice Sunstone from Australia, featured in the Spring 2018 issue of The Journal of Gemmology Volume 36 No. 1.
For the second instalment of our Heritage Series we discover more about Gem-A's very first president, Sir Henry A. Miers F.R.S, an eminent mineralogist and crystallographer who became Gem-A president in 1932.
Fans of beautiful pink diamonds should take notice because Rio Tinto has unveiled the largest vivid pink diamond ever discovered at its Argyle Mine as part of its Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender 2018. Find out more here...
Featured in the Spring 2018 issue of Gems&Jewellery, Rui Galopim de Carvalho FGA DGA explores how ‘alternative facts’ have resulted in an informal nomenclature that permeates the world of gemmology. Here, he offers some examples of these long-standing quirks in terminology.
From the the Spring 2018 issue of Gems&Jewellery, here Harold Killingback FGA explores chatoyancy in sillimanite cabochons, an optical phenomenon where a band of light, known as a 'cat's eye', appears to hover above the surface of a stone, resulting in a striking lustre and colour.
The De Beers Group has formally unveiled Lightbox Jewelry – a new fashion jewellery brand set with laboratory-grown diamond. Here, we find out more about the new business and why it has got industry tongues wagging.
First published in the Spring 2018 issue of Gems&Jewellery, Christa Van Eerde MA MLitt DGA FGA explores the history of some of the world’s most magnificent pearls sourced in the Gulf region, including Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE, famously regarded as the historic heart of the pearling world.
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 explores an article on radiocarbon age dating of natural pearls from the Winter 2017 issue.
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.