Category: News Archive

Colored Stone Market

Preliminary results suggest that the bulk of holiday sales are last minute again this season. Sales of luxury products are proving strongest in the entertainment categories. However, jewelry sales are expected to be slightly improved…

Technology Update- Ultraviolet Light

Ultraviolet light sources for testing gem fluorescence have been a staple piece of gem equipment for decades. Emerging technologies will not only change the way you look at ultraviolet but will eventually redefine our industry…

The Tourist Trap Debate

Every year, tourists purchase jewelry from port town shops, major city tourist areas, and even from cruise ships, either on board or at a recommended local store. The vacation is a great memory until they…

Fancy Pink Diamond?

Recently we examined a custom-made ring that contained a cushion cut center diamond surrounded by 28 round fancy pink melee. The ring also contained other round brilliants in the setting. We estimated the center diamond…

Natural Yellow Sapphire

Recently a subscriber submitted a cushion cut yellow sapphire weighing 5.13 carats for an estimate of wholesale value. The stone exhibited a fairly even yellow color consistent with GIA GemSet Y4/5. Our initial examination was…