Mystic Topaz is a gemstone that is treated or enhanced and is actually not found naturally. When creating the mystic topaz, a natural and colourless stone is coated with titanium or a similar metal. The coating is only microns thick and the application is done to the stone’s pavilion which forms the bulk of the gem. Strict […]

The Olympic Australis is reported to be the biggest and most expensive Opal ever found. Worth an estimated $2.5 Million it tops the list of the most expensive Opals ever found. There are a number of famous Opals that have made appearances throughout history and what has made them celebrated include; • Most valuable • […]

Not every bride is the same, so why should their engagement rings be? In fact you may even find that your hopeful bride-to-be does not even like diamonds. Diamonds are not mandatory in engagement rings as the featured gem. There are so many stunning gemstones out there that limiting yourself to just the diamond could […]

When we think of gravity, rarely do we attribute it to gemstones. However, the term specific gravity refers only to gemstones, and knowing more about such luxurious and potentially expensive products never hurts. Specific gravity is a means of measuring the density of a gemstone. This measurement is achieved by judging the density of the […]

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha (also known as Wat Phra Gaeo) is a purpose-built temple that was made to house the Emerald Buddha. An image that was carved from a solid piece of green jadeite. Chaophraya Chakri, the man who eventually became King Rama I, moved the image from Vientiane, after capturing the city […]

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Bixbite (also know as red beryl) is a member of beryl family that you may not have ever heard of. There are many members of the beryl family including, morganite, golden beryl, aquamarine, and emerald. While emerald is by far the most famous member of the group, it is certainly […]

When you think about red gemstones that first gemstone that comes to mind is the Ruby. Red gemstones are highly sought after and include fire opal, garnet, and spinel. There is also red tourmaline commonly known as rubellite and even red Topaz. Many of the red gemstones are just slightly red, while others appear pure red. Rhodolite […]

Sphalerite is a beautiful gemstone, mainly great for collectors. It has only been on the market as a collectors gem for a few years but it is quickly gaining popularity because of the incredible fire that it shows. With some searching you can find the Sphalerite that is perfect for you. When you do find […]

When buying an opal, there are a number of factors that must be considered in order to determine its value. These factors include the type, body tone, brightness, pattern, size and carat weight, clarity, and whether it is natural or hand-made. Having this know-how up your sleeve could mean that you get the best value […]

There is a Diamond alternative in the market today called Moissanite. It is a man made gemstone that has great brilliance and is becoming very popular. There is a large increase in environmentally aware consumers picking gemstones that are lab created because of the reduced environmental impact. Lets take a look at the difference between these […]

Dispersion is an optical property of some gemstones that produces a rainbow sparkle effect. It is this property of gemstones that gives the brilliance to Diamonds. While almost every gemstone can show dispersion, most of the time it is not visible to our eyes. Diamonds are one gemstone that has benefited greatly from the visual […]

Australia is home to one of the best geographical locations for sapphires in the world and it is renowned for producing beautiful Australian Sapphires. As a mining zone for over one hundred years, Australia contains one of the original blue sapphire resources. This precious gem has a quality greater than that of a diamond, and […]

Australian gemstones are known for their exquisite patterns and colours. They are used in decorative items, jewellery, as significant elements of mineral collections and other applications. Interest in collecting gemstones was renewed in the U.S. and quickly spread to other countries. In Australia, this hobby has been eagerly received. Australia is not only popular for […]

Historically, garnet gems are among the most essential colored stones, atop being valued for their magnificent brilliance and top-notch hardness. Garnet refers to many different minerals that all belong to the same family. In fact, no specific stone is known as a garnet because the term refers to a number of gemstones, available in different […]

Morganite is a pink tinted gemstone in the beryl family. It has only been known as “Morganite” since 1911. Before that, it was known as a pink form of Beryl. It is commonly used in fashion jewelry and engagement rings. The gem is often heated to maintain its pinkish color, and this process is stable, […]

Tourmaline is one of the versatile precious gemstones, it is available in almost every colour, from what can be described as colourless to the most colourful type. The most well known colours of tourmaline are red, green,pink ,blue and the multicolored types. If you are looking for common colours or even those rare types , […]

  The mineral, called Perettiite, was described by Dr. Peretti as “a fantastically beautiful needle-like orange mineral with a new crystal structure discovered in the Mogok market in Myanmar of Burma” Naming the mineral after Dr. Peretti is a lifetime achievement for every scientist, according to GRS. All gemstones are rare, since they constitute a […]

An Opal is a mineraloid gel which is deposited at a relatively low temperature and may occur in the fissures of almost any kind of rock, being most commonly found with limonite, sandstone, rhyolite, marble & basalt. All naturally occurring opals fall into one of two classes: precious and common. Precious opals are those that display […]

In the gemstone world there a few words that make you instantly think about fine quality Rubies and Sapphires. Those words are Pigeons blood Ruby and Royal blue sapphire. These terms are used to described some of the most beautiful, rare and desirable types of Ruby and Sapphire on the planet. However two Swiss gemstone […]

Pink Tourmaline Tourmaline is one of the most colourful and beautiful gemstones. While it comes in just about every colour of the rainbow, the pink Tourmaline is by far one of the most popular varieties. In this article we will explore where this gemstone comes from, why sometimes it is called a Rubellite Tourmaline and […]

Blue Moon Diamond Set to Break all the Records at Auction Update – Blue Moon Diamond Sells For $48.5 Million The Blue Moon Diamond is set to break all the records at an auction later in the year on 11th November by selling for $55 million. According to the Sotheby’s house of international auction, the […]

The Incredible Hope Spinel Sells In London The Hope Spinel, a rare gem, was sold for a record price in London for the first time after 98 years; it is from one of the greatest collections of gems in the world. It was one of the Bonhams London Fine Jewellery top lots that were available for […]

For centuries Tourmaline has been a gemstone that has been collected and admired for it’s almost infinite array of colours. Most people will know of Tourmaline as being a green or red gemstone with the most common source being from Brazil. Recent deposits have been found in Madagascar and Africa that have redefined the definition of possible colours that […]

The Beautiful Aquamarine Stone The Aquamarine stone is identified as a blue to green-blue kind of precious beryl. The beryl group of minerals is known to be the greatest among its kind because it is one of the most versatile and colourful gemstones available. It can be green, blue, pink and even yellow. As it turns […]

Tanzanite is considered one of the rarest and most stunningly beautiful gemstones in the entire world. Found only in one place, outside Arusha, Tanzania, this stone is also the only newly discovered gemstone of the twentieth century. The stone varies in color, from a dark intense blue to a bright blue and violet. Due to […]

Morganite is the pink to peach variety of the mineral Beryl. The name may seem familiar because the Morganite stone is actually names after one of the most famous bankers in America, J.P. Morgan. The Beryl family is known for it’s other exquisite varieties including Emerald (Green) and Aquamarine (Blue). Morganite Stone Colours The most […]

Fake Gemstone Report And A Little Yellow Sapphire Every now and then I come across something that shocks me. This is one of those cases. I had a Yellow Sapphire come across my desk recently and right from the onset I thought something wasn’t right. The customer had bought it off the internet and wanted […]

Amethyst is one of the most common and popular gemstones available. It is the purple to pink variety of Quartz and is considered one of  he most affordable semi precious gemstones. It has been used to adore jewelery for hundreds of years with the Greeks even believing that it can stop people becoming intoxicated by […]

Sapphire (Nigeria) custom cut @ The Cutter’s Desk This was a beautiful but small piece of Sapphire from Nigeria. It has a very nice ice blue colour. After I checked the rough over, I found that there was some serious inclusions in one end of the stone, so I had to remove this material before […]

I was lucky enough to secure a beautiful piece of Morganite rough from the Zambezia Province, (Alto Ligonha District) Mutala pegmatite area in Mozambique. A good friend of mine had just returned from a trip there and he managed to find this piece of rough for me. It started at 19.85 cts, one huge piece […]

Tanzanite Foundation Closes Down, But What Does It Mean For Consumers? By now most of you might have heard that the Tanzanite Foundation has closed down due to varies reasons including falling prices, illegal mining and other economical factors. While this is sad news for the industry, it is highly unlikely that this announcement is […]

Adventures in Glen Innes searching for Sapphires, Faceting and Alpacas! What is this blog about? Is it about faceting, fossicking, gem hunting and mingling with some of the best gemstone cutters in the country? Is it about the Sapphire region of New England, NSW or the unique Emeralds created in Torrington, NSW? Maybe it’s just […]

Topaz (Brazil) custom cut @ The Cutter’s Desk Topaz is a beautiful gemstone that is most commonly seen in jewellery as a light blue sky blue. Topaz is one of the gemstones that is almost always treated and the treatment is widely accepted. Topaz is generally colourless, light brown or light blue when it is […]

Peridot, it is one of my favorite gemstones and it is one of the only three gemstones created deep in the earths mantle along with Sapphire and Diamond. I was commissioned to create a unique gemstone out of this beautiful piece of rough Peridot from Pakistan. Peridot has a very distinct inclusion called a lilly […]

Australian Opal – Is It A Solid Opal or a Doublet A few weeks ago I was out at the opal fields in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales when I cam across a rather interesting solid Opal. I was looking through thousands of piece of beautiful Australian black opal looking for something interesting, something unique. […]

Ametrine is a gemstone that comes from only one location on earth, Bolivia, South America. It is a unique and beautiful combination of amethyst and citrine in the one gem. This piece of rough had been in my collection for a while and a customer finally commissioned me to create a beautiful precision cut gem […]

Montana Sapphire – Rare and Beautiful Montana Sapphire is a unique type of sapphire that can grow with a different color in the center. I have these Montana Sapphire slices that I picked up at the Tucson gem show that show the very unique grown. One of the pieces had some visible inclusions so I […]

The Internet has changed the world of shopping, and the jewelry world is no different. There are plenty of sites available to find loose gemstones, but the trick is knowing which sites to trust and how to buy those gemstones online.           Unlike simple products like books, toys and fashion, gems […]

Bangkok Gem Fair This time of the year is when the jewellery trade really starts to get going again. I have just returned from the Bangkok Gems and Jewellery Fair, and although there was a mixed response from traders in Bangkok, there are still some gems they are trading strong. Since my last trip, the […]

I’ll take a Rare Gemstone over a Diamond any day… Out of the thousands of different minerals created by nature, only 130 or so are suitable for use as gemstones and even fewer would be considered a rare gemstone. Most people will only recognize a handful of the most popular gems which make up this […]

Gem cutting in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka produces some of the most beautiful gemstones in the world. While I was in Sri Lanka, I had the chance to watch how these people prepare and facet the gemstones straight from the mine. Just amazing how gem cutting in Sri Lanka is done even to this day. […]

Seda Gems Is Now An Official Distributor Of “The Handbook Of Gemmology” Seda Gems is proud and excited to be the official distributor of the “Handbook of Gemmology” in the Asia Pacific Region. This is an amazing eBook and is perfect for anyone who wants to learn about gems and gemmology. A little bit about […]

Engagement Rings – Coloured Gems Are A Girls New Best Friend In recent years, women have been wanting to create engagement rings that are more personal and unique. The use of coloured gemstones has allowed them to do just that, making each and every ring a “one of a kind”. Before De Beers started their […]

Why Buying Loose Gemstones Is A Good Idea There are a lot of advantages associated with buying loose gemstones on the internet. This may be because you are looking for a unique and beautiful gemstone to make into a piece of jewelry. Perhaps you are just building a gemstone collection and would want to get […]

Gemstone Hardness And Toughness. What Is The Difference? When selecting gemstones for jewellery it is very important to understand the difference between gemstone hardness and gemstone toughness. Both of these factors contribute to a stones durability, but the effects of each property can have huge consequences on gemstones. Watch this video or keep reading below: Firstly, […]

Garnet Varieties Garnet is a very beautiful and colourful gemstone but did you know there are so mant garnet Varities? It can be confusing to understand what is what. Some Garnets you might have heard of include Tsavorite, Demantoid, Rhodolite, Spessartite, Hessonite and Topazolite. These are all Garnets, but they each have their own unique […]

Paraiba Tourmaline – Origin Reports Last month I sold one of my most beautiful gemstones, a natural Paraiba Tourmaline from the original mine source of this gem, Paraiba Brazil. The Pariba did not have a gemstone report to accompany it so I had arranged with my client to send it to one of the big […]

Sri Lanka Sapphire Mines – A Tour Let me take you for a tour of the Sapphire mines near Ratnapura in Sri Lanka. We landed in the capital city of Colombo where our guide and the highly respected gemologist, Gamini Zoysa, met us with a bus to go to the Sapphire region. Our first stop […]

Pleochroism is visual property that only occurs in double refractive gemstones. The are some gemstones like Tourmaline, Tanzanite and Ioloite that have very obvious pleochroism. But what is it? A picture says a thousand words so lets have a look at an example of Tanzanite.   This is the same piece of Tanzanite looking through […]

Gemstone Investment – Investing in a rock hard asset Smart investors are turning profits whilst gold and currency prices crash. Coloured gemstone investment has proved to quietly appreciated in value, substantially increasing the value of investors’ portfolios. Since the beginning of time, people have always cherished beautiful, sparkly objects. Along with gold and Diamonds, coloured […]

The Changsha Gem and Mineral Show was held in Changsha, China from the 16th – 20th May 2013. It is the first time the event has been run and its aim was to introduce the Chinese people to various gemstones and mineral from all over the world. At the same time, the ICA (International Coloured […]

Hunting for Opals in Outback Australia I want to share with you a tour of the Aussie outback looking to buy some of those beautiful little gems, OPALS! We went to Yowah, Koroit and finished in Lightning Ridge. I thought I would share with you what I saw when I went out there. First stop, […]

Why are Rubies heated? Why are Rubies heated or heat treated as it is also known? Lets explore some of the reasons Some terms you will hear, old heat, new heat, lead glass filling, clarity enhanced……so many trade terms. First lets look at unheated Rubies. What do they have inside them that makes us want […]

Sapphire treatments are process that are applied to the gem after it has been mined out of the ground to improve the colour or clarity of the stone. Many of these treatments can alter the cost drastically. Unheated Sapphire is the most expensive type of Sapphire for sure. These gems come out of the ground […]

The King Of Gemstones – Ruby Ruby is widely considered as the king of gemstones. Rubies are a beautiful gem. Worshipped for years for their beautiful Red colour. However, in this day and age, we have a few different types of Rubies on the market. They are: 1) Natural Ruby (Unheated) 2) Natural Ruby (Heated) 3) […]

My First Gemstone Buying trip to Chanthaburi, Thailand Chanthaburi is a town about 260km South East of Bangkok. It is a well know location to buy gems of all shapes and sizes as this is a major cutting centre for South East Asia. First impressions might lead you to believe that Chanthaburi is just another […]