- May 2014 Newsletter: Mother's Day
Read about history and culture of Mother's Day, traditional and modern Mother's Day gifts, gemstone gift ideas 2014, heartmade gemstone gifts, gemstone industry news and events for May in the May 2014 GemSelect newsletter
- March 2014 Newletter: Siamese Sapphires
Jewels from Eastern Thailand, Jantaburi (Chanthaburi) gemstones, sapphires from Eastern Thailand, Jantaburi; sapphire capital of the world, history of sapphire mining in Thailand
- The Ring of Solomon: GemSelect Sept 2013 Newsletter
One of the most mysterious treasures is a ring once owned by King Solomon. Thought to be made of Jasper, Chalcedony or Carnelian, but no one knows for sure. The ring is shrouded with mystery and was believed to be the most powerful ring ever known to exist. Learn more about the Ring of Solomon in our monthly newsletter.
- July 2013 Newsletter: JCK Las Vegas, Hong Kong and Tucson Show - Gemstone Trends
This years latest gem and jewelry shows yielded interesting results for the colored stone industry. Small fancy color melee stones are the latest trend and attractive jewelry lines are featuring designs that meet the new budget of younger shoppers. Read more on our article to see what the latest developments are for many jewelers across the world, and see why Jewelers are saying 'No' to diamonds.
- June 2013 Newsletter: Great Ideas For Your Loose Gemstones
GemSelect's monthly newsletter offers some great ideas for what to do with your loose gemstones. There are many do it yourself jewelry making techniques that anyone can do with minimal experience and minimal expense. You can save money and have fun doing it, by buying loose gemstones and designing your own jewelry.
- May 2013 Newsletter: Gems for Gents - Review of the Top Gems for Men
Precious stones make excellent jewelry and fashion accessories. In the past, colored stones were mostly for women, but nowadays, the world of colored gems are becoming more and more popular in mens jewelry. Traditional gent's gems include onyx, agate, nacre and mooonstone, but bolder colored stones are being used like lapis, garnet and spinel. Read more to see what gems are trending this decade in the mens jewelry industry
- November 2012 Newsletter: Review of Gems for Collectors
Gems for Collectors: Rare, Unusual and Affordable Stones. Collector stones are not always the most expensive, but they are certainly special. Find out what gem types are sought after by collectors. Watch our video on Spalerite.
- September 2012 Newsletter: Colored Gemstone Inclusions
September 2012 NewsletThe Science of Gemstone Classification Have you ever wondered how gemstones were classified? Well, according to the science of mineralogy, the basis of gemstone classification begins with distinguishing various gemstone groups based on their crystal structures and associated chemical composition. Read More.
- October 2011 Newsletter: Fossilized Baltic Amber
Ordinary amber is priced according to its clarity and size. However, the exception to the rule is if it happens to include an insect. In these cases the gem is worth a lot more, and it will depend on how clearly the insect is visible and how near the centre of the gem stone it is located.
- May 2011 Newsletter: Demantoid Garnet from Namibia
Garnet has been a popular gem for many centuries, since it is a durable stone with very good brilliance. But because the deep red garnets are abundant and inexpensive, garnet has gained the popular reputation of being a rather common gem.
- February 2011 Newsletter: Tsavorite Garnet from Tanzania
Certain gems were once classified as "precious" based on their rarity, value, color and superior gemological characteristics. But these days a number of rare "semi-precious" stones such as alexandrite, demantoid garnet , tsavorite garnet and tanzanite can be just as expensive as ruby, sapphire and emerald.
- January 2011 Newsletter: The Year in Gems
In an economy that is improving only slowly, 2010 was tough going for the gem and jewelry business. The price of gold remained stubbornly high, rising more than 24% over the year to nearly US $1,400 a troy ounce.
- December 2010 Newsletter: Best Buys for the Holiday Season
Each year at this time we share our advice on the best buys in colored gemstones, based on the interesting gems we've collected over the past year. This year we were very active buyers-- in fact we doubled the size of our inventory to more than 30,000 gemstones.
- October 2010 Newsletter: Gems of Central Asia
In the last 10 years the main source of colored gemstones has shifted from southeast Asia -- especially Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand -- to Africa. About half of our inventory is now African gems, with nearly 60 different gem varieties represented.
- April 2010 Newsletter: Gemstones for Collectors
We're always on the lookout for rare and unusual gem varieties. Since we stock more than 115 different types of colored gems, the rare species on our shopping list are, as you can imagine, rather difficult to find.
- March 2010 Newsletter: Sapphire Capital of the World
Our home of Chanthaburi, Thailand is one of the main centers in the world for cutting colored gemstones. Traders bring rough stone here from mines all over the world, and we see nearly every kind of colored stone that reaches the market.
- January 2010 Newsletter: The Year in Gems
2009 was a tough year for many in the gem and jewelry business. Industry analysts report that in the USA alone, more than 750 retail jewelry stores closed their doors, and many others barely survived.
- November 2009 Newsletter: Color-Change Gemstones
The optical phenomena displayed by phenomenal gems include asterism (the star effect), chatoyancy (the cat's eye effect), adularescence (shimmering light), iridescence (the rainbow effect) and play-of-color (as in precious opal).
- October 2009 Newsletter: Gem Certification from AIGS
Since we sell more than 110 different gem varieties and many kinds of untreated stones, we found ourselves sending more and more gems to Bangkok for testing. After trying a number of different labs, we found a lab that could reliably certify virtually every kind of stone: the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences, widely known as AIGS.
- September 2009 Newsletter: New Tools for Finding Gems
We want it to be easy to find simple things, such as all the 6 mm round blue sapphires. But it should be just as easy to find all the spessartite garnet cabochons between 2 and 2.5 carats, or all the violet gems over 5 carats with at least VVS clarity.
- August 2009 Newsletter: The Green Garnets
When most people think of garnet, they think of the common red garnets like almandine and pyrope. But the garnet family is actually remarkably diverse. Garnets can occur in nearly any color, from brown to yellow to orange, red and purple.
- June 2009 Newsletter: Gemstone Prices During Recession
The high price of gold has certainly cut into jewelry sales, even leading some consumers to cash in their gold jewelry. Sales of luxury items like jewelry are always slow during economic downturns, but the high price of precious metals has made times even tougher for many jewelers and jewelry designers.
- April 2009 Newsletter: Gems for Collectors
Many of our customers are gemstone collectors, so we get numerous requests for rare and unusual stones. Finding these gems is far from easy, even given our location in Thailand and the extensive contacts we've established over the years.
- February 2009 Newsletter: Pink Gemstones
So what are your choices in pink gemstones? The rarest are pink diamonds, usually selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars per carat. Fine pink sapphire is much less expensive, though pink is actually one of the rarest sapphire colors. Pink sapphire is usually found only in smaller sizes and finding a clean stone can be difficult.
- January 2009 Newsletter: Unheated Sapphire
It's a fact of life in the gemstone industry that many gems are enhanced or treated. The most common form of treatment is heat treatment, which is applied routinely to ruby and sapphire, and to other gems such as tanzanite, blue zircon and blue apatite.
- September 2008 Newsletter: The Ban on Burmese Gems
We do fear that the small independent Burmese miners and gem traders will suffer, since they depend on trade with Thailand. If Thailand can no longer export Burmese ruby and jadeite, it will impact the independent Burmese businessmen, not the government.
- August 2008 Newsletter: The Wide World of Gems
Back in 1875, when the young George Frederick Kunz first approached Tiffany & Co. with the idea of selling semi-precious stones, the only colored gems Tiffany offered were ruby, sapphire and emerald.
- July 2008 Newsletter: The Price of Gold
On March 13th, 2008, the price of gold reached a record US $1,000 a troy ounce for the first time. Though the price has fallen a bit since then, gold is still trading at over $910 an ounce in late June.
- February 2008 Newsletter: Buy It While You Can
Colored stones, unlike diamonds, are mostly mined by independent, small-scale miners, working in remote locations in far away places such as Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Tanzania, Burma, Afghanistan, Colombia and Bolivia. Mining is carried out with pick and shovel, and only rarely with heavy equipment.
- September 2007 Newsletter: Understanding Gem Treatments
If you're new to buying colored gemstones, one of the first things you'll learn is that many gems have been treated or enhanced in some way -- heated or fracture-filled or irradiated or dyed, to mention just some of the common treatments.
- July 2007 Newsletter: Rare Garnet Gems
The popular image of garnet is that of an inexpensive dark red gem, often with a distinct brownish tone. But while much garnet certainly falls in that category, there are some rarer varieties of garnet that have stunning colors and are highly sought after by collectors.
- February 2007 Newsletter: The Future of Gemstones
Many of the world's colored gemstone mines are in troubled places -- Burma, Pakistan, Kenya, Afghanistan, Columbia -- and this affects the rate at which supplies are depleted. In addition, in the developing world most mining is still "artisanal."
- September 2006 Newsletter: New Enhancements to Gemselect
Chanthaburi may be a small city, but it happens to be the center of the world as far as colored gemstones are concerned. It's estimated that up to 80% of the world's supply of ruby and sapphire passes through Chanthaburi. In the last few years, the trade in semi-precious stones here has increased dramatically, especially with African stones that are cut here in Thailand .