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There Is No Such Thing As A Semi-Precious Gem

We need to ditch the semi-precious phrase. Stat.

In our overwhelming human need to stratify and rank, the jewelry industry ended up with a few arbitrary jewels crowned as the pinnacle. “Precious” gemstones: ruby, sapphire, and emerald. The rest: lumped…

Gemstone Central: Color Trend Review from AGTA and Tucson Gem Shows

I spent a whirlwind couple of days in Tucson, AZ, home to the Tucson Gem Shows. I spent most of my time at the AGTA GemFair, which is the crowning jewel, so to speak, of the whole Tucson gemstone circus…

An Interview with Jewelry Designer Shawn Warren

Shawn Warren is a talented jewelry designer from New York. If you don’t know about her yet, you should definitely pay attention to her name. Her jewelry is the secret weapon of celebrities…

How to Buy a Colored Gemstone

This will give you some essentials you need to know before you splurge on a colored gemstone piece of jewelry. All the variables mean that a colored stone purchase…

Designer Spotlight: Mark Patterson

Mark Patterson creates beautiful jewelry in colored gems and diamonds.  I worked with his designs for a number of years when I was with a couple of independent jewelers.  The first designs I fell in love with were mostly colored gemstones that were used with varying intensities and pave-set into designs that showed off the amazing [...]