A Journey to the Scorpion Tsavorite Mine, Kenya

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Klak klak klak klak, the jarring sound of the jack hammer filled the chamber as the miner bore down on seemingly impenetrable hard rock. The racket was deafening. The air warm and thick with humidity. Marwin glanced up to note my arrival at this point, some 300 meters down the famous Scorpion mine shaft No. […]

Sri Lanka, a Gemstone Adventure

Sri Lanka, a Gemstone Adventure The name Sri Lanka, known as Ceylon during the British colonial era evokes images of a far off land known around the world for its tea, and among gem enthusiasts for its rich history as a source of fine sapphires and a myriad of other gems. An island state in […]

Tanzanian Gem Safari – A perfect holiday

Tanzanian Gem Safari – A perfect holiday A journey into East Africa Combining family vacations while pursuing the holy gemstone grail has probably been the bane of many a spouse of the avid gemologist. I for one am guilty of such pursuits, however this summer my wife Carol did not complain when I announced that […]

Idar-Oberstein, a journey to the fabled gem cutting centre

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With the 2017 Tucson Gem Show just around the corner, the anticipation and excitement of seeing the worlds beautiful gems is in the air. As I pack my bags for this annual pilgrimage, I reflect back on our 2016 adventure to the Scorpion tsavorite mine in Kenya and to the fabled gemstone town of Idar-Obserstein, […]

Journey to Jaipur, The 2017 ICA Congress

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  Bollywood and Maharajas…..thoughts of India conjure up exotic images of far-off lands, cultures and sights.  The source of such famous diamonds as the Hope and the Koh-i-Noor, India attracted the famous gemstone dealer, Jean Baptist Tavernier during the 1700 century in search of these fabulous gems to satisfy the desires of French royalty. An […]

What is a Certified Appraisal Professional-CJA (CAP)?

Canadian Jewellers Association has established a set of requirements and a series of practical and theoretical examinations that test the appraising skills of jewellers and gemologists. Upon successful completion of all criteria, these jewellers and gemologists are considered qualified and are empowered to emboss their appraisals with the following seal, signifying their title as a Certified […]

How to Buy a Diamond

1) Choose a jeweler as you would choose a doctor. He or she should be armed with expert training, open to questions and able to provide answers in clear, simple language. A measure of a jeweler’s knowledge is whether he is professionally trained. Preferably, his training comes from a highly-recognized and internationally accredited program, such […]