20Mar Sapphires Are Blue and Rubies Are Red… Right?


There is a common misconception that all sapphires are blue and all rubies are red. However, there’s a lot more to the colour of these stones than one might think.Both of these precious gemstones belong to the same family of stones, called corundum. Scientifically speaking, all corundum (both sapphire and…

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13Mar Discovering the Treasures of the Kristall Gallerie


In the town of Swakopmund on the Namibian coast, there is a fairly unassuming structure that could easily be overlooked as a modern apartment block or office building. However, housed within is a quite staggering array of minerals and gemstones. Gem lovers and rockhounds who find themselves in this part…

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01Mar Official Recognition for Kandy Kids


The co-founder of Kandy Kids, Steve O’Driscoll, was in Sri Lanka in January, working on a range of projects for the charity. Whilst he was there, Steve was invited to talk to some of the local authorities about his work.The outcome of the discussions was that Kandy Kids has received…

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