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


Discovering Agates on the Shores of Cornwall

Discovering Agates on the Shores of Cornwall

Cally Oldershaw FGA DGA describes the thrill of finding agate on the shores of Cornwall and reveals how these subtly-toned gemstones are shaping her jewellery collections in collaboration with geologist and lapidarist, Ben Church.

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Industry leaders unite for 'Diamond Terminology Guideline'

Industry leaders unite for 'Diamond Terminology Guideline'

How should you be referring to synthetic diamonds? Nine leading industry organisations, including CIBJO, the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the Diamond Producers Association (DPA) have released a jointly developed terminology guide to clear-up the confusion. Read it here...

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Gemstone of Passion: Padparadscha sapphire

Gemstone of Passion: Padparadscha sapphire

Considered to be among the most beautiful of the corundum gems with its delicate colour, Padparadscha sapphire has recently hit the headlines thanks to Princess Eugenie of York’s engagement ring. Here, we explore this majestic gemstone fit for royalty.

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Letter to the Editor: On Ethics and Gemmology

Letter to the Editor: On Ethics and Gemmology

In a letter to the editor, a Gems&Jewellery reader, who has chosen to remain anonymous, shares opinions sparked by Jonathan Muyal's striking and Gem-A award-winning image of a Malagasy miner in the Winter 2017, Vol. 26, No.4 issue of the magazine.

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Glass Simulants of Gems and Enhancement of Natural Gem Materials in the 16th Century

Glass Simulants of Gems and Enhancement of Natural Gem Materials in the 16th Century

Guy Lalous summarises the state of making glass simulants of gems in the 16th Century, as well as exploring the historical information we have available on the enhancement of natural gem materials.

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Discover the Storytelling Powers of Master Gem Carvers

Discover the Storytelling Powers of Master Gem Carvers

Deborah Mazza FGA explores how contemporary gem carvers are continuing an age-old artistic tradition of storytelling through gemstones.

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Greenland Ruby: The Mighty Aappaluttoq Arises

Greenland Ruby: The Mighty Aappaluttoq Arises

With an opulent supply of rubies and pink sapphires, mining company Greenland Ruby is set to become an influential supplier of coloured gemstones. Here, International Women in Mining board member, Deborah Craig FGA DGA, shares her experiences in Greenland.

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Birthstone Guide: Garnet For Those Born In January

Birthstone Guide: Garnet For Those Born In January

If you're lucky enough to be born in January then the beautiful, bright and vibrant garnet is your birthstone. A rainbow jewel of the gem world, garnet displays the greatest variety of colour of any mineral and is one of the very few untreated gems in the industry.

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