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Beryls-Natural and Synthetic

The beryl family has an interesting range of varieties (Figure-1), with the emerald tending to take ‘centre stage.’ Some evidence supporting this comes in the form of early synthetic emeralds in my teaching collection (Figure…

Diamond Market

The holiday season got off to a decent start in the U.S with Black Friday sales rising 0.5% to $10.66 billion but analysts were still disappointed after predicting increases similar to what we saw in…

Colored Stone Market

The prevailing attitude in the market is still one of caution. However, several months of positive economic news gives cause for marginal optimism for jewelers this holiday season. Consumer confi- dence has more than doubled…

Diamond Market

We are in interesting times right now. We know that the economy is trying to recover and we know that luxury items will take longer to recover. We know that demand for diamonds is way…

Corundum "Fakes" Expanding

While these two stories are not related based on place of purchase, they illustrate the increasing prevalence of consumers being duped with false corundum purchases. The first is a sad story of how our military…