Gemfields Q1 ruby output plummets
The colored gemstone miner’s ruby production decreased 83 percent in the first quarter as it focused on areas of higher quality alluvial resources at the Montepuez mine.
Yael Designs creates new gem setting technique
With the $119,000 “Sentience” bangle, the fine jewelry brand has debuted new technology that allows a gemstone to be set within another gemstone in a seemingly invisible manner.
CPAA offers another trip to pearl farm
The Cultured Pearl Association of America has launched its third annual fundraising event, this time raffling off a trip to Fiji to benefit its initiatives to promote cultured pearls awareness and education.
SSEF, Gubelin agree on gem color standards
The two Swiss gem labs have come to an agreement on the color and quality standards for “pigeon blood red” and “royal blue,” terms used to describe rubies and sapphires.
Victoria’s Secret unveils 2015 Fantasy Bra
Called the “Fireworks” Fantasy Bra, it is studded with more than 6,500 gemstones and will be worn by model Lily Aldridge during the brand’s annual fashion show.
Rocks On: Emeralds
The most popular of the beryl family and a stone that’s been beloved for ages, the emerald continues to be in demand as supply keeps up and pricing heads toward a more stable structure.
CIBJO releases first Blue Book for coral
CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, has debuted its first Blue Book on coral, defining acceptable trade and industry practices and nomenclature for this organic material.
Rocks On: Labradorite
While demand for labradorite continues to be strong, the availability of fine labradorite seems to be taking the sideline to a more affordable, though lower quality, supply.