South Sea and Tahitian cultured pearl producers have experienced significant interruptions to the cultivation process during the pandemic. The effects will be felt during the course of the coming few years.
July 1, 2021
by Çigdem Lüle, PhD, FGA, GIA GG, DGA
The demand for heliodor in the gem market fluctuates by fashion to an extent. Since one of the Pantone Colors of the Year for 2021 is a bright yellow named “Illuminating,” all tones of heliodor should get more attention.
Gem quality spinel has a long history of being confused with other gems or even a misguided reputation of being a ruby simulant. Thanks to newly gained appreciation and understanding of its own qualities, it now stands on its own merit as a fine gemstone in the modern gem market.
May 1, 2020
by Çigdem Lüle, PhD., FGA, GIA GG, DGA
The upbeat albeit uneventful Tucson gem shows at the beginning of 2020 have been followed by the unprecedented effects of COVID-19. While it is too early to predict any outcome, it is clear that almost everything in the gem business has been experiencing an extreme slowdown.