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 email@example.com
What makes Kashmir sapphires so special? What about the padparadscha? What role do treatments play in value? Here, Gem-A tutor, Beth West FGA DGA EG offers a beginner’s guide to sapphire value.
For thousands of years, amethyst has served as a treasured talisman to ward off ills and represent royalty, wealth and status. Here, Gem-A delves into the unusual mythology and mysticism that surrounds this purple gemstone, which is enjoying its month in the spotlight as the February birthstone.
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.
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...
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).
Famous for her ostentatious sense of style, 18th century French Queen Marie Antoinette was back as the centre of attention at Sotheby's in November thanks to the record-breaking sale of her natural pearl and diamond pendant. Here, Beth West FGA DGA EG considers the history behind this fascinating piece.
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.