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A sit-down with a Graduate Gemologist

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Konrad 1Kristin Freeman’s set-up of equipment in her lab. Displaying (l-r) the polariscope, refractometer and microscope.When describing the jewelry industry to a lay person, we tend to think more art and fashion, focusing primarily on the incredible jewelry we see in different stores and fashion lines. We forget the foundation of this industry is science. Minerals, alloys, metals and all the different materials we come in contact with on a daily basis are the heart and soul.


The Color Report

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Konrad rhodo eThe Tucson Show has come and gone. All the sparkly jewels picked through like packages on Christmas Day. But now, the fun begins. Jewelers get to exhibit the new stock, trends, what will be fun and exciting for the upcoming year. Here are some of the items that should do well on the internet and retail stores alike this year.

Trends of the Internet

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In this edition of internet sensations, I’m going to delve into the origins of trends that start online. Many of these trends blossom from excess material or reinvigorated styles from yesteryear.

The Story of the Star of India

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In American cinema, there is nothing better than a heist movie. The adrenaline rush, intricate planning, and the value of the score provide a dramatic story line of intrigue. We’re fascinated by the anti-hero trying to pull it off, because like comedian Dane Cook said, “we all want to be part of a heist!”

The Commoner’s Sapphire

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Konrad OctFrom morganite to sapphire, color is becoming more popular in today’s engagement rings. While this trend is relatively young for Western culture, it is beginning to find its place in the market. New styles and fashions are continuously brightened by the wide collection of color available. However, one classic, color gemstone ring set the wheels in motion for this current trend and remains popular today, the Princess Diana sapphire ring.

The rise of Ethiopian opal

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Konrad mapIn the early 1990s, a new opal deposit was discovered in Africa. This new material, found in Ethiopia, had a yellow to brown base color and was fairly unstable. However, in 2008 a new deposit was found in northern Ethiopia producing white-base to semi-crystal, high-grade material. This new discovery gave an alternative to the well-known Australian opal on the open market. Being sold at competitive and affordable pricing, consumers now had a new choice in opal.

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