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Traders cite steady demand for tourmalines in 2017
17 March 2017
Gemstone traders and jewellery manufacturers are anticipating stable demand for tourmalines in 2017, thanks to the stone’s inherent charm and versatility.
Sapphire rush in Bemainty
16 March 2017
In October 2016, a new sapphire rush saw approximately 50,000 miners flocking to an area about 35km south-east of Ambatondrazaka in Madagascar. It was still ongoing in February 2017 when I visited it. According to many Sri Lankan gemstone merchants who have been visiting Madagascar regularly for the past 20 years, the new deposit produced in less than six months more fine large blue sapphires of over 50 carats and padparadschas of over 20 carats than the whole of Madagascar in the last 20 years.
Tanzanite: 50 years of captivating brilliance
15 March 2017
Tanzanite’s exceptional blue-violet colour has mesmerised gemstone and jewellery traders for decades. Over the years, the stone has steadily carved out a niche in the global coloured gemstone trade, rivalling perennial favourites in terms of colour, appearance and allure.
GIT, CGL launch co-branding partnership
24 February 2017
Japan-based Central Gem Laboratory (CGL) and the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) recently announced a partnership involving the issuance of a co-branded Gem Identification Report.
The mines of Mogok
16 February 2017
For centuries, rubies and sapphires from Burma have been considered to be the finest in the world. Located in the north-central part of Burma (Myanmar), the mines for these gems are in a zone called the “Mogok Stone Tract.” I recently had the opportunity to visit this area with a small group of researchers from the Gem & Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT) along with a few gemmologists from around the world.