(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.
(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
(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
(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
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
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
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
Monday, 18 January 2016 by David Artinian
Join me as I travel to the remote area of Ratanakari Cambodia.
At the Zircon mining site I was privileged to be able to spend time with the local miners and to learn about their story. They are a hard working courageous people whose lives have been greatly enhanced by the gems. There is no large corporate
One of my most interesting gem hunting trips was to the remote mining area of Ratanakiri, Cambodia. It is in this hilly area that borders Viet Nam and Laos that the worlds finest Blue Zircon are found. Although increasingly rare, we were able to still