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


Gem-A Instruments Launches Its October Competition 2017

Gem-A Instruments Launches Its October Competition 2017

Gem-A Instruments are excited to announce the official launch of its #Equipme2017 competition, running throughout the month of October.

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The CGA to host its 28th Annual Gem Conference and Graduation 2017

The CGA to host its 28th Annual Gem Conference and Graduation 2017

The weekend of October 20-22 will welcome a host of prestigious global gemmologists to the Canadian Gemmological Association’s (CGA) 2017 Gem Conference and Graduation held at the esteemed National Club in Downtown Toronto, Ontario.

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Speaker in the Spotlight: Q&A with Patrick Dreher

Speaker in the Spotlight: Q&A with Patrick Dreher

Master Carver, member of the Board of Trustees of the German Gemstone Museum and board member of the Federal Association of the Gemstone and Diamond Industry, Patrick Dreher is one of the highly anticipated speakers at the Gem-A Conference 2017 not to be missed.

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How to Separate Natural from Synthetic Ametrine using Conventional Equipment

How to Separate Natural from Synthetic Ametrine using Conventional Equipment

Guy Lalous ACAM EG summarises the discovery of features that could be used to distinguish between natural and synthetic ametrine from The Journal of Gemmology; from the orientation of growth striations to the interference patterns caused by twinning.

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Speaker in the Spotlight: Q&A with Evan Caplan

Speaker in the Spotlight: Q&A with Evan Caplan

One of the key speakers at this year's Gem-A Conference, Evan Caplan will discuss everything about the extraordinary gemstone, alexandrite including a little history, information on sources (old and new), colour change, cutting, along with some fun stories about his travels and experiences with alexandrite.

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Magnificent 51ct Dynasty Diamond Unveiled by Russian Mining Giant

Magnificent 51ct Dynasty Diamond Unveiled by Russian Mining Giant

Russian diamond mining company, Alrosa, has unveiled the extraordinary centrepiece to its unique Dynasty collection of five diamonds, the Dynasty Diamond.

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GIA Pioneer and Leading Librarian Dona Dirlam Retires after 38 Years

GIA Pioneer and Leading Librarian Dona Dirlam Retires after 38 Years

The Gemmological Institute of America (GIA) has announced that after 38 years Library and Information Centre Director, Dona Dirlam, has retired, leaving behind a legacy of excellence and a pioneering approach to digitisation of gemmological knowledge.

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Complete Traceability and Ethical Sourcing

Complete Traceability and Ethical Sourcing

Columbia Gem House president, Eric Braunwart, explores the growing popularity of American gemstones and discusses the importance of traceability, ethical sourcing and the millennial consumer with Sarah Jordan.

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