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Hello! My name is Barbra Ann King and I’m a Rock Star… also known as a Gemmologist.

Hello! My name is Barbra Ann King and I’m a Rock Star… also known as a Gemmologist.

Gemmology is the science of analyzing natural and synthetic gemstone material, from coloured stones to diamonds to organic material like pearls, amber and opals. A gemmologist is a person that is academically trained and qualified to identify and evaluate gems using specialized scientific equipment such as microscopes, refractometers, dichroscopes, spectrometers and more.

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Coloured Beaches of the World

Coloured Beaches of the World

While thinking of the birthstone for the month of March, Aquamarine, it led me to dream of warm tropical water and white sandy beaches… But why “white” sandy beaches? What about purple? Or maybe orange or even red! There are a variety of coloured beaches around the world that are worth visiting. Here are a few worth mentioning and “googling”…

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Pink Diamond Mine Closing

Pink Diamond Mine Closing

We knew it was coming so it wasn’t a huge surprise when Rio Tinto Mining Corporation announced the closing of the Argyle Diamond Mine for 2020. After almost 40 years, the Western Australia diamond mine will be shut down. Although it isn’t uncommon for a diamond mine to close after exhausting its supply of stones, the closure of this particular…

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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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