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Articles in Gemstone Information

Garnet - The Birthstone For January


It sounds quite dull initially, right? All you think of is that nasty brownish red stone set in some cheap old fashioned setting at the back of your jewellery box. But like most other gemstones it has some spectacular and less well known varieties..... Read full article

Conflict Diamonds - What Are They?

by Alan Hadley on

Diamonds are crystals of pure carbon formed millions of years ago deep below the Earths crust and forced up to the surface in rivers of volcanic lava. ... Read full article

Are You Tough Enough?


As jewellers, we often choose a gemstone based on the 4 C’s and of course, if it will look good in our design. But there are many more factors that need to be considered when purchasing a gem to be worn in jewellery. ... Read full article

Tips for Selling Your Gemstone Jewellery

by Martha Mason on

Making the decision to use gemstones in your jewellery is a pretty easy one. There are plenty of suppliers out there offering all sorts of gemstones in all categories of quality and price (just please make sure they are genuine... Read full article



Ruby is a variety of the mineral species corundum and has been a popular gemstone for centuries. It has picked up many legends along the way. People in India believed that rubies enabled their owners to live in peace with their enemies.... Read full article



Amethyst is the name given to the purple varieties of quartz, from the pale lilacs to intense purples with lively red flashes. The term ‘green amethyst’ is in fact a misnomer and it should be called by its correct name praisolite or green quartz.... Read full article

Gem Shopping in Bangkok


The GoJD’s resident stone enthusiast, Lucy Ryalls, recently took a shopping trip to the coloured stone capital of the world: Bangkok.... Read full article

Guide To Gemstone Settings


The way a gemstone is set into a ring, or any other piece of jewellery for that matter, is what makes it look good.... Read full article

That Certain Sparkle

by Martha Mawson on

Nothing sells a piece of jewellery like the sparkle of a radiant gemstone. The presence of the stone conveys a feeling of luxury and desirability. ... Read full article