27Mar All About Aquamarine


Aquamarine takes its name from the Latin for "water" (aqua) and "of the sea" (marine) and, according to the ancient Romans, this beautiful blue-green gemstone could be a talisman protecting sailors from the dangers of…

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04Mar Don Ariyaratna 02/11/47 - 21/01/21


On January 21st 2021, we lost our friend and gemmology mentor, Don Ariyaratna, to a combination of coronavirus and pneumonia. Below are some of Stuart's memories of Don..."Don had been my gemmology tutor for the…

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01Mar Ethical Gem Fair Tucson 2021 - Watch the Videos


From Wednesday 10th to Saturday 13th February, we joined eight other gem traders for a virtual gem fair.The key sessions included a conversation about Moyo Gems when we were joined by our commercial partner Monica…

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18Feb The Fair Luxury Pledge 2021


As a further demonstration of our commitment to continuous improvement, we are taking part in the Fair Luxury Pledge 2021.Every business or individual who makes the Fair Luxury Pledge promises to:- Conserve and restore the…

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10Feb Jewelry Journeys with Stuart Pool (Ethical Metalsmiths interview)


As part of the "Illuminators - Conversations with Changemakers" series, Chloe Pflug interviewed Nineteen48's Stuart Pool about how he came to be an ethical gem trader and the path that he has followed since entering…

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06Feb Ethical Gem Fair Tucson 2021


Don't miss the Ethical Gem Fair Tucson 2021!Dates: Wednesday 10th to Saturday 13th FebruaryWhere: Online (register to receive full details)Start: 6pm GMT (10am PST) on Wednesday 10th FebruaryRegistration is free and open now - http://gem.uno/n48We are…

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03Jan Basic Gemstone Terminology


If you are new to the world of gemstones, here are a few terms and definitions that you might find useful.Carat (ct) - a measure of weight of gemstones. One carat is a fifth of…

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27Dec Charity Activity Review 2020


In the difficult months of 2020, like many people across the world, we have had to try doubly hard to keep our business running. However, we never forget our promise to allocate 25% of our…

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10Dec Moyo Gems Project Update 2020


Our work on the Moyo Gems project (in collaboration with TAWOMA, the Tanzanian Women Miners' Association) certainly did not go according to plan during 2020. We had some ambitious ideas for the year, but as…

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15Oct Kandy Kids 300km Fundraising Challenge


During September 2020, Stuart took on the formidable challenge of running 10km every day for the whole month in aid of Kandy Kids, a charity that we support which helps orphans and underprivileged children in…

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