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Padparadscha – Lab Certification Roulette

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Padparadscha – Lab Certification Roulette

Guest Blog by Inken Krause, Enhoerning Jewelry Entire book chapters and countless longish essays have been written about the ideal color of Padparadscha sapphire and the cultural history of this special color descriptor so full of romantic idealization and metaphoric meaning. Now Yvonne has asked me to edit a short guest blog (emphasis on short), so I will try to work on a more practical question. What does a sapphire look like that will, in all likelihood, be ennobled as Padparadscha by the most important American/European* gem labs?This 5 ct unheated Ceylon sapphire got certified “Padparadscha“ by both Lotus and...

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Gem Lab Reports: Some FAQs

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Gem Lab Reports: Some FAQs

As you’ve probably noticed, Cecile Raley Designs provides certificates with certain gems, or we offer to provide one upon request.  With more and more requests for certificates coming in, it’s time to review what these reports do for you and when you should get them.  Gem Identification: This is probably the single most important thing a lab report can do for you.  A gem ID provides you with certainty that the gem you bought is what you thought it was.  It tells you that the gem is not synthetic or lab grown. Specifications: A lab report also gives you the...

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Tourmaline: Heated or Unheated?

Posted by Cecile Raley on

It has been a while since I blogged about a particular type of gemstone, but having heard some new and interesting things about tourmaline, I thought I’d share.

As many of you have noted, a lot of gemstone prices have risen sharply in the last couple of years. But tourmaline? Isn’t that a common gem? Yes, it is, but world demand for this gem has gone up, especially the bright pink variety called...

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