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Jewellery Forensics

Jewellery Forensics

I recently attended the GIA Jewellery Forensics seminar. As a gemmologist, it is important to participate in continuous education in order to keep up to speed with new technologies, such as being able to identify a lab-grown diamond versus a natural one. As a jewellery appraiser, I need to understand how a piece of jewellery is made in order to…

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Ethical Gold

Ethical Gold

You may have heard people using and/or selling “ethical”  or “eco-friendly” gold. What does that mean exactly? There are a few different types of gold on the market, the main ones being called “eco-friendly”, “ethical”, “recycled/reclaimed” and “dirty”. Here is a quick overview of their impact on the environment. Eco-friendly gold is mined with minimal disruption to the environment and…

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Toothpaste Is For Cleaning Teeth, Not Jewellery

Toothpaste Is For Cleaning Teeth, Not Jewellery

There are many ways people use to clean their jewellery. Some raise my eyebrows! Unfortunately, some are not very effective and can even be very damaging to the jewellery. The best way to clean your jewellery will always be to take it to knowledgeable jewellery store personnel. They will not only clean your jewellery safely, but they should be able…

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Buying Gemstones as Investments

Buying Gemstones as Investments

Diamonds and some coloured stones are often offered as investments. These investments can be sold with promises of quick increases in value, with short turnovers. With very expensive stones, a purchase share within a group may even be offered. The difficult part for a layperson is determining the actual value of the purchase. Typically there will be one or more…

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Is It Real?

Is It Real?

This is probably one of the most commonly asked questions that I get as a gemmologist. “Can you tell me if this is real?” Often times people inherit jewellery from family members that have been passed down from generation to generation. The story that accompanies a piece of jewellery may have been embellished along the way too. Other scenarios are…

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Jewellery Appraisals

Jewellery Appraisals

Many people wonder whether they should get their jewellery appraised. Is it worth it or just a waste of money? There are many reasons why you may need a jewellery appraisal and there are also many different types of appraisals, such as for insurance purposes, donations or estates to name a few. These appraisals all serve different functions so it…

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Buying Jewellery on Vacation

Buying Jewellery on Vacation

With the snow falling early this year, many of us have thoughts of warm vacation get-away on our minds. One of the most common souvenirs people bring back from vacation, besides a t-shirt, is jewellery. Depending on your budget, you may be spending a couple of hundred dollars or 10’s of thousands of dollars. I regularly have clients ask me…

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What You Need To Know Before Buying a Diamond

What You Need To Know Before Buying a Diamond

Diamonds are part of a dynamic trade in an industry that has changed significantly in recent years. The world’s supply of diamond rough has increased tremendously with abundant new sources in Canada and Australia. New advances in diamond technology, such as new treatments for improving colour and clarity, as well as treatment detection have added to the exciting changes in…

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