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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…