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Price Guides – Friend or Foe?

How convenient it is to use a price guide to retrieve prices for diamonds and colored stones. Merely adding a markup to determine a value seems too easy. Some gurus of valuation theory are emphatic that price guides should be banned. Other experts embrace price guides as a key part of the process.

Greenland Ruby

After more than a decade, Greenlandic ruby has entered the market in commercial quantities. The combination of affordable pricing and traceable sourcing meet the needs of the current market climate. The flux healing of the…

Garnet

The Tucson 2015 Gem Show demonstrated that there are considerably more options than just the big three (ruby, sapphire and emerald) for buyers seeking fine quality gemstones. The availability of bigger and higher quality garnets…

Contemporary Jadeite Testing

Jadeite is a sodium aluminum silicate mineral which has a polycrystalline structure. The hardness is 6.5-7 on the Mohs’ scale, the average specific gravity value is 3.33, and the refractive index is approximately 1.66. The…