News Archive

Diamonds in Brief

The market was so quiet before the holidays you could hear a pin drop. As one jeweler told me recently, I cant wait until January just because then I will know that 2008 will be…

Symmetry and the Polished Diamond

Polish and symmetry errors affect the perceptible appearance of a diamond. Off center culets, lopsided pavilions, off center tables, and lopsided crowns all detract from the overall beauty. During several visits to prominent manufacturing centers, I…

Synthetic Tourmaline-Rumors and Reality

Rumors spread like wildfire on the Internet. Knowledgeable gemologists cannot be criticized for believing what appear to be well-researched facts coming from seemingly reliable sources, especially when backed by high tech equipment. Case in point…

Market Trends: Yellow Sapphire

The markets may be tight and there is certainly downward pressure on gems in the industry. However, some prices are holding and some have even managed to increase despite the economic forecasts. Blue sapphire prices…

Imitation Turquoise

In August, a corporate client submitted several bead strands to our appraisal division for verification of stated identity. These were samples from a large order of thousands of pieces purchased from a Chinese vender as…

The Economic Report

The debate about whether or not the U.S. is in a recession is now over. And just to drive the point home, on September 29, the stock market suffered its biggest single day decline ever…

The Web Bests the Rest

No way. Not in a million years will the Yellow Pages no longer be the mainstay of appraisers promotional efforts. Welcome to the future. Lets face it. Appraisers do not have unlimited budgets for advertising…