News Archive

Cassiterite

Recently, a client brought in a small assortment of gemstones to our lab and represented them to be crystallized tin from Bolivia. His initial excitement came in the hopes that this would prove to be…

Economic Report

Occasionally, the GMN takes a look at the broader market in an attempt to project the business trends that jewelers might encounter during the short-term. The recent news that the sub-prime sector of the mortgage…

Andesine Feldspar

Transparent red andesine appeared in the market in 2002. At first, only small quantities were observed. Dealers stated that the apparently new, rare, stone was coming from a small deposit in the Congo. The GMN…

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…