News Archive

Tanzanite

Tanzanite is a relative newcomer as far as gems go. Discovered in 1967 in the African nation of Tanzania, the initial pocket of mate- rial was quite small. Many stories are tied to its discovery…

Diamonds in Brief

As we crawl into the final quarter preparing for the busy season, a few things are certain. There will be fewer large diamonds available and global demand for these will force prices up. There will…

Colored Stone Market

Reports from the colored stone market are as confusing as I have ever seen them. Some dealers are reporting successful business this summer, but many were disappointed with the lack of business. For those that…

Blue Topaz Update

Acting on a complaint earlier this summer, the NRC informed retail jewelers that they may be selling blue topaz in noncompliance with NRC regulations. The NRC letter also purportedly requested the names of the retailers…

Economic Report

So where is the economy and how is it affecting the jewelry industry? While I have never professed to be an economist, I am a small business owner and a family man with college-aged children…