Test – Gems

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 by

Pray For Sri Lanka – Ratnapura Tragic Flooding Hits Ratnapura, Sri Lanka is a picturesque, yet bustling town in the heart of the gem bearing area of southern central Sri Lanka. I have been visiting this area for well over 15 years, buying Sapphires and other gems, as well as building some of the closest friendships of

(continued from part 4) The next day yielded very little in gems, however I did go to a clinic for a malaria test. I was beginning to feel excessively fatigued. So while we waited for the results, we visited my friends new home construction site. It was quite impressive, he was building a fine cement

(Continued from part 3) After a couple of hours driving along a fairly smooth road, we arrived at the village. After a brief stop to look at a few parcels of Sapphire under the shade of a mango tree, we jumped on motor bikes to head to the mining site. The path weaved along a narrow

(continued from part 2) Finally, after several more hours of driving along desolate roads, punctuated about every 2 miles by various military, police and other law enforcement checkpoints, we arrived in Jos and found a hotel. My room was a large upstairs space with a nice view of the courtyard below. I asked about mosquito nets,

(continued from part 1) After about 23 hours of travel including a plane change in France, I arrived in Nigeria and the gem hunt began. The first stop was Abuja, Nigerian’s, fairly new and vibrant, capital city. After clearing customs, an official stopped me at the exit. She grabbed my passport and holding it tightly, demanded I give her something.

Gem Hunting in Nigeria’s Northern Region (Part 1) Nigeria is a wonderful and little understood land, right in the heart of Africa. It’s home to some of the richest and most valuable deposits of gemstones in the world. Follow David Artinian of Artinian Gems, as he searches for new sources of Tourmaline, Aquamarine, Morganite and Sapphires.

Grape Garnet

Friday, 24 February 2017 by

We just purchased an amazing parcel of rough Grape Garnet from Mozambique and had the opportunity to cut it into gorgeous single gems as well as matched pairs. This rare variety of Rhodolite is an amazing gem. Watch the video to see how jewelers are integrating this rare gemstone into their mix of fine jewelry.

Congratulations all August babies! You now have a new, diverse and gorgeous birthstone to choose from. Recently, the New York–Jewelers of America and the American Gem Trade Association announced that they are adding spinel to the official list of birthstones. It will join the yellow-green gemstone peridot as a birthstone for the month of August.

Join me as I travel to the remote area of Ratanakari Cambodia.  

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