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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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Are Zircons Real Gemstones?

Are Zircons Real Gemstones?

For many people, the name “Zircon” means “imitation”, mostly because colourless Zircons were widely used as a diamond simulant in the early 1900’s. This is unfortunate because Zircon is a beautiful natural coloured stone with its own fair share of folklore and charm. Blue Zircon is also one of the birthstones for the month of December, along with Tanzanite and…

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Value of Gemstones

Value of Gemstones

There are many different types of “rocks” that exist. Which ones are considered a gemstone and why are they more precious than others? A gemstone grows through natural processes, which eliminates all synthetic or lab-grown material. A gemstone is made up of mineral and organic material and has a particular set of characteristics unique to its specie and variety. In…

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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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