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


Beginner's Guide: What Factors Influence Sapphire Prices?

Beginner's Guide: What Factors Influence Sapphire Prices?

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.

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The History and Mythology of Amethyst

The History and Mythology of Amethyst

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. 

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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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Natural Pearls: Marie Antoinette's £27.8 million Precious Pendant

Natural Pearls: Marie Antoinette's £27.8 million Precious Pendant

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. 

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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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