Category: News Archive

Market Trends: Synthetic Diamonds

The synthetic diamond market continues to expand. Although dealers and manufacturers of natural diamonds express concerns that synthetics pose a risk to the market and as such should not be graded using the GIA diamond nomenclature, the reality…

Tucson 2007- Closing Time

When the early February temperatures hover around zero here in Chicago, even the unseasonably low fifties that greeted us as we arrived in Tucson were a welcome relief. We accepted them knowing that Tucson never…

Diamonds in Brief

The holidays are behind us. While the industry as a whole did seemingly ok with total jewelry sales increasing by 7%, the trend was definitely toward certain product categories. Finished jewelry did better than loose…

Gem Rough Scams

This seems logical enough since most finished rubies and sapphires are less than one carat in size. But that little fact does not stop the ethically challenged from singing the praises of gem quality corundum…

Gem Money Scheme Exposed

In a story we first reported in the May 2006 GMN (Fraud in the Gem and Jewelry Industry), an investigation was pending on a California company. When we first broke the story, AMX Global Funding…

Largest Tsavorite Found

This tsavorite was exhibited in Tucson at the gem show. Weighing 325.13 carats, it is reported to be the largest tsavorite ever cut. According to Michael Couch & Associates, the stone was found in the…