We love travelling the world in search of high-quality gems for our clients and collectors. Find some of our most fascinating gemstone stories and experiences here.

This is a gorgeous 1.97ct, oval, blue sapphire from Sri Lanka
How To Evaluate Clarity In A Blue Sapphire Part 2 (Judging Clarity For Non-Scientific People) Hi, and welcome to this simple guide, on how to understand blue sapphire. Buying sapphires, especially blue sapphires, can be quite tricky. In my previous blog I discussed the basics
How To Buy, (Or Sell), A Blue Sapphire Part 1 (Selecting Color For Non-Scientific People) Hi, and welcome to this simple guide, on how to understand blue sapphire. Buying sapphires, especially blue sapphires, can be quite tricky. In this discussion I will emphasize on how
Brazilian Emerald
Emerald – May’s Only Birthstone One of the most beautiful and rare gems found in nature is emerald. It is the most valuable variety of beryl and it is the only birthstone for May. Other beryls include, aquamarine, morganite and golden beryl (heliodore) as well
Aquamarine from Nigeria
(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
Arrival in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city
(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