17Feb Nineteen48 & Rubyfair Merge to Create a Better Customer Experience


Two of the UK’s leading suppliers of ethically sourced and traceable coloured gemstones, Nineteen48 (www.nineteen48.com) and Rubyfair (www.rubyfair.com), have announced a merger of their businesses. The merger will give customers a more efficient service and a greater range of coloured gemstones from one unified sales channel.Nineteen48 specialises in fully traceable…

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15Feb The Science of Sapphire – a Gemmological View of September’s Birthstone


Many people are impressed with the sheer beauty and sparkling magnificence of sapphire, but behind the dazzling outward appearance, there are plenty of fascinating facts and figures. Some of these attributes are essential for gemmologists for identification purposes.Sapphire is a gemstone variety of the oxide mineral corundum, comprising of the…

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10Feb Rockhounding in Tucson – a First-timer’s View of the Biggest Gem Show on Earth


We generally expect that, whatever the Americans do, it is going to be on a grand scale. From presidential elections to the Superbowl, everything has to be bigger, brighter and bolder than anything you have seen before. The same can certainly be said of their showpiece gem event in Tucson,…

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