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


Birthstone Guide: Aquamarine for Those Born in March

Birthstone Guide: Aquamarine for Those Born in March

The blue hues common to this beautiful stone are fitting considering the Latin aqua mare means ‘water of the sea’. Legends describe it as the mermaid’s stone, bringing luck to sailors and protecting them from the perils of the ocean...

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Ruby and Pink Sapphire from Aappaluttoq, Greenlandibit

Ruby and Pink Sapphire from Aappaluttoq, Greenlandibit

This article by Guy Lalous ACAM EG summarises a study of the geology, gemmological and physical properties of rubies and pink sapphires from Aappaluttoq, one of the last pristine spots on the planet not far from the arctic circle...

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Field Trip: Exploring the Wonders of Myanmar

Field Trip: Exploring the Wonders of Myanmar

Gem-A member Patricia Campion reports on a recent gemmological field trip to Myanmar. Sharing her experiences of gemstone market places, the Yangon's Gem Museum and seeing mushroom tourmaline for the first time...

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28th International Jewellery Tokyo 2017

28th International Jewellery Tokyo 2017

Julia Griffith FGA DGA EG Gemmology and Diamond Tutor, and Samantha Lloyd FGA EG Gemmological Instruments Manager travelled to Tokyo to represent Gem-A at the 28th International Jewellery Tokyo IJT 2017 show...

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An Interview with Dr Jeffrey Post of the Smithsonian Institution

An Interview with Dr Jeffrey Post of the Smithsonian Institution

Claire Mitchell FGA DGA talks to Dr Jeffrey Post, chairman of the Department of Mineral Sciences and curator of the National Gem and Mineral Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, about advanced gem testing, the Hope diamond and the importance of donations to the museum...

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A Quick Guide to the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

A Quick Guide to the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

Andrew Fellows FGA DGA takes a look some of the myths and legends associated with one of the world’s most famous gem collections, the Crown Jewels...

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Birthstones Guide: The Meaning Behind February Gemstone Amethyst

Birthstones Guide: The Meaning Behind February Gemstone Amethyst

Julia Griffith FGA DGA EG, Gemmology and Diamond Tutor at Gem-A, introduces amethyst. Writing about the history of this beautiful stone and informing us about its gemmological properties...

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The University of Nantes Announces DUG Diploma to Be Taught in English for First Time

The University of Nantes Announces DUG Diploma to Be Taught in English for First Time

French gemmological education centre, the University of Nantes, has announced plans to teach its advanced gemmology program, also known as DUG (Diplôme d'Université de Gemmologie), in English for the first time...

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