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Daylight Fluorescent Opal

Semi-transparent to transparent opal that is capable of being faceted is not unusual. Most are familiar with the cherry opal from Mexico, ranging in color from a yellowish- orange to reddish-orange, some with a play…

Vayrynenite

Väyrynenite [´vjairənə,nait] is an exceedingly rare manganese- beryllium phosphate mineral with chemical formula of Mn2+Be(PO4)(OH,F). Initially it was found by a Finnish mineralogist of Russian origin Oleg von Knorring (1915-1994) in Viitaniemi, Finland in 1939…

Colored Stone Market – May 2018

The market remains generally attractive heading toward the important JCK Las Vegas show. Dealers expressing concern regarding the difficulty sourcing extra fine ruby and sapphire. Emerald continues to excite world markets. The price ceiling that…

Diamond Market

Diamond markets are quiet with prices steady as the market shrinks a bit. With many retail store closings, the way diamonds are purchased is changing. However, DeBeers Forevermark appears to be going strong as they…

The Boom in Pearls

Pearl prices and demand continue to rise thanks to Asia’s appetite for the gems, designer interest, and the marketability of their one-of-a-kind offerings. Aziz Basalely’s most interesting pearl sale in Tucson wasn’t an oversize peacock-color Tahitian or…

Emeralds from Ethiopia

Emeralds are a welcome business for Ethiopia. The recently discovered gemstone deposits in Ethiopia contribute to the utterly needed economic growth of this East African nation.   A few years ago, during an interview on international TV, a…

Grandidierite

Grandidierite has been a rare collector’s stone since its discovery in Tuléar Province, Madagascar at the end of the 19th century. It is a nesosilicate with a chemical formula of (Mg,Fe)Al3(BO4)(SiO4)O and crystalizes in the…

Diamond Market 2018

Polished prices on the rise—slowly. Indian import duties not well-received. Antwerp diamond trade has a great start to 2018. DeBeers says the need to restock creating demand for diamonds in early part of the new year. Rio…