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Why Buy Gems at Retail Price?

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Why Buy Gems at Retail Price?

What does Retail Buying do for you?

Meanwhile the retail online seller like us, provides or should provide, an entirely different buying experience.

1. A retail seller does not get to assume that a buyer has the same level of expertise, making it obligatory to educate the buyer and give full disclose of what's important to the buyer (i.e. the risks of a cleaning product to kids or pets).

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From Venice to The Venetian: CRD Heads to Vegas

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

From Venice to The Venetian: CRD Heads to Vegas

Still jet lagged from my recent trip to Venice, I am already packing my bags again!  The Las Vegas AGTA show starts Thursday the 29th and guess who will be the first at the door?  😊  We are all curious to see how this year’s show will do as there’s been some reorganization.  The AGTA has moved back to its earlier location, the Las Vegas Convention center, and the JCK will be at the Sands Expo and Venetian, with a new special section dedicated to colored gems and diamonds.  As a result of this split between locations, some vendors have...

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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? Several labs, AGL among them, agreed that this 2 ct unheated Ceylon...

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Alternative Engagement Rings: Five Reasons to Opt Out of the Diamond Market

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Alternative Engagement Rings: Five Reasons to Opt Out of the Diamond Market

So what are some special reasons for owning an alternative engagement ring?  We have five for you!

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Hunting for "Diamonds" in Herkimer

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Hunting for "Diamonds" in Herkimer

I assume you've heard of the Herkimer diamond?  It's actually quartz and but nicknamed "diamond" because of its shape: double terminated (meaning with two points) and with 18 natural facets.  It was discovered in Herkimer County, NY.  The currently open mines are "Ace of Spades" https://www.herkimerdiamond.com/ and "Crystal Grove" https://www.crystalgrove.com/ I'd been wanting to go for some time and so this year when my travel buddy Jochen Hintze from Jentsch Minerals came to exhibit at the Edison Gem show, we decided to tack a short trip onto his stay and headed for St. Johnsville, NY on Monday April 8 for a...

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