Romancing the Colour in a Stone

How are you communicating colours to your customers in ways that appeal?   With the seemingly unending array of coloured gemstones rising in popularity, it’s easy to get lost in the technical properties of a gem, when all the customer really wants to know is...

How Grading Color Gems is Different to Grading Diamonds

The 4 C’s, T and O of Natural Color Gems With the growth of the internet diamond consumer, the parlance of the 4 C’s of diamonds is becoming more commonplace. There is however a little less clarity when it comes to assessing color gemstones.  Thanks to the many...

Ruby Sizes and Weights

One of the most useful tools a jeweller can have when designing jewellery is an idea of what different size rubies weigh. The chart below is an easy way to reference what a ruby weighs in different sizes and shapes. This information together with other information in...

All you need to know about Fancy Colour Sapphires (Almost)

As you will know from our previous post, Sapphires come in a whole rainbow of colours, and anything that is not a blue sapphire, or red ruby for that matter in corundum, is categorised as a fancy coloured sapphire. The colour spectrum sapphires come in falls into 4...

Know your Coloured Diamonds: The Certificate of Authenticity

When you are buying loose coloured diamonds or a coloured diamond ring – no matter where you buy it from; at home, abroad on holiday, in a jewellery store, online or direct from a gemstone dealer – you need to make sure you get a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) to...

Gem Reports and Certificates

Gem Reports and Labs When working with coloured gemstones and diamonds, today more than ever, it is important to be able to have the stones independently evaluated. Here is where the Principally to tell you if the stones have undergone any treatments that may affect...

All You Need to Know About Fancy Coloured Diamonds (Almost)

Fancy Coloured Diamonds In the previous section we looked at Emeralds, now we turn to Fancy Coloured Diamonds. The diamond is considered to be the ultimate precious gemstone for many consumers. It is carbon, stable, and one of the hardest substances known to man....

All You Need to Know About Emeralds (Almost)

Emeralds In the last section of the gemstone guide, we took a look at Fancy Coloured Sapphires. This section of the Gemstone Guide gets a bit more technical as we take a closer look at Emeralds. Emerald is a member of the Beryl family and is given its green hues...

All You Need to Know About Sapphires (Almost)

Sapphire In the last section of the gemstone guide, we took a look at Rubies. This section of the Gemstone Guide gets a bit more technical as we take a closer look at sapphires The sapphire is also a member of the corundum family, and in general any corundum that is...

All You Need to Know About Rubies (Almost)

Ruby This page offers all the essential information you need about rubies.  What they are, where they come from and what to look for when buying rubies. For more information, you can always jump back to The Ruby Hub. Rubies have been one of the most sought-after and...

Understand how Coloured Gemstones are Different from White Diamonds

In the last section of the gemstone guide, we introduced the notion of coloured gemstones and diamonds. Now we start to look at the differences between them.   While coloured stones have been used extensively throughout history, in recent decades gemstone sales have...

A Quick Thought… On Diamond Overgrading

A story that was covered in this week’s Thank TheGemBank it’s Friday was “Rapaport Calls Diamond Overgrading “Significant Threat” to Industry – and it poses the question; can diamond dealers and retailers be trusted to sell honestly...

Here’s to a Great 2014 – MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I hope you have a Happy Holiday and a Wonderful 2014. I look forward to working with you in the new year. Best regards Richard, Gaetane, Francoise and Dan. International Gemstones | London Major Trading | Geneva

Death of the Family Jeweller

I wrote this blog 2 years ago, I find it as relevant today as it was then. Please let me know if your business is suffering from “the Amazon Effect” and how you are dealing with it. Some might say that the family jeweller is a dying breed because the...

Happy Holidays

To all our friends We wish you a wonderful holiday season. May 2013 be filled with Health Happiness and Prosperity. I would like to thank all of you who we have had the pleasure of working with over the last year. Best wishes Richard and everyone at International...

Spread the Love Throughout the Year, Not Just on Valentines Day!

Spread the love all year. Many businesses right now are breathing a sigh of relief that the big Christmas dash is out of the way and most are already starting to look forward and plan for next Christmas, and who could blame them, after all the Yule season is where...