In the last installment of a multi-part series about her trip to East Africa, Associate Editor Brecken Branstrator discusses visiting a rural Tanzanian school that the jewelry and gemstone industry is helping.
This month is reserved for one of the most well-known beryls, aquamarine, which is thought to increase intellect and release anger and stress. Here are 9 pieces of jewelry set with the blue stone.
As Tanzania and Kenya move to have the export of all rough banned, both will need to focus on growing their cutting industries. Associate Editor Brecken Branstrator talks to a few people who are playing a part in that.
This month celebrates the purple stone that once was considered just as valuable as rubies, emeralds and sapphires and was set in crowns for ages. Here are 7 pieces of jewelry centered on amethyst.
In the second installment of a multi-part series about her trip to East Africa, Associate Editor Brecken Branstrator talks about her experience visiting two mines in southern Kenya.
Associate Editor Brecken Branstrator reports live from East Africa, where she is exploring the colored gemstone market with a group from the industry.
This month celebrates the popular gemstone that was named for its resemblance to the pomegranate seed and which, according to lore, balances energy.
After a year of attending gem shows, press previews and looking at a lot of jewelry, Associate Editor Brecken Branstrator talks about which gemstones rocked 2015.
It’s Associate Editor Brecken Branstrator’s turn to pick out what she would get her family and friends for the holidays if money were no object. Here are the pieces she’s got in mind.
The last month of the year is lucky enough to have three birthstones--turquoise, tanzanite and zircon. Here are 10 pieces of jewelry that show off this month’s star stones.
See the whimsical, colorful pieces created by two Czech designers using colored pencils. They have Associate Editor Brecken Branstrator smiling.
Citrine and topaz are the birthstones for November babies. Here are 10 pieces of jewelry centered on these two colored gemstones.
A few days after the AGTA revealed the winners of its annual Spectrum Awards design contest, Associate Editor Brecken Branstrator highlights a few of her own favorites from the contest.
After an afternoon spent perusing jewels at Jewelers of America’s annual press preview, Associate Editor Brecken Branstrator presents her (non-exhaustive) list of favorites.
October is the first of three months in a row with two dedicated birthstones. They are opal, the stone of hope, and tourmaline, the stone of strength.
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