Tag Archives: gems

Ian Bone (Capricorn Gems)

Guest Editorial – In Response To Richard Wise’s Strategy To Sell More Color

The following is a guest blog by Ian Bone (Capricorn Gems) written in response to Richard Wise’s Strategy To Sell More Color. The article in the last edition of The Centurion Sales Strategy Newsletter about Richard Wise’s seminar at the Centurion Show prompts a response from me. In my opinion, it is not only the […]

The Jewellery Industry Summit 2017 – a delegate’s view of the conference

The second Jewelry Industry Summit (JIS) took place on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st January, 2017, at the Tucson Convention Centre in Arizona. The summit brought together over 100 professionals from all parts of the industry to discuss issues relating to the responsible and transparent sourcing of some of the main materials we need to […]

Nineteen48 logo

Nineteen48 and 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 coloured gemstones from Sri […]

Jane's finished ring

Mine to market – a customer’s view

In January 2016, one of our customers (Jane Barnett) came to Sri Lanka, determined that a key part of her trip would be starting the process of making some unique pieces of jewellery for herself and her step-daughter. We were very honoured to be chosen to help Jane with the selection of her rough gem material […]

Blue sapphire, 2.09 carat, oval cut, cornflower blue

Explore the world of gemstones with a gem workshop from Nineteen48

Would you like to expand your gemstone knowledge? Understand more about how gems are formed and where they are found? Perhaps learn how to tell them apart and how much they are worth? At Nineteen48, we believe that we have a role to play in promoting the subjects of gems and gemmology to as wide […]

Digging in the gem pit

Working in the pit – the daily life of a Sri Lankan gem miner

For a gem miner in Sri Lanka (as in most parts of the world), life follows a fairly regular routine, dictated largely by the hours of daylight available and the weather conditions. Working days begin soon after sunrise and end towards sunset, as there is often very little artificial lighting on the mining plot. Work also […]

Gary Seneviratne at mine in Sri Lanka

Keeping it clean – what does it mean to be ethical in the world of gem mining?

Ethics is a complex concept that means different things to different people and in different industries. For the world of gemstones and jewellery many of the ethical issues we face stem from the tough, uncompromising and distinctly unglamorous world of gem mining. It is fair to say that “ethics” is not a word that is […]

Sri Lankan geuda

Is Sri Lanka the “sweet shop” of gems?

Looking through the gem gravels in Sri Lanka is the gemmological equivalent of being a kid in the proverbial candy store. Gem mines on the island tend to be secondary deposits, rather than primary gem sources. That has a thrilling, yet challenging, knock-on effect. A secondary (or placer) deposit is where the gem material has spent […]

The hidden gems of Elmhurst – a review of the Lizzadro Museum

There are many places around the world where one can see amazing collections of gemstones and jewellery. Major museums are often the proud owners of a wide range of minerals and fossils or beautiful items that have been worn by some of the most famous historical figures. However, alongside these world-renowned establishments, one can sometimes […]