Category Archives: Gemstone Tidbits

Interesting tidbits of information about exotic gems other than gemstones.

Madagascar: A Gemologist’s Journey (Mahaiza Market)

The market at Mahaiza was unlike anything I had ever seen. It was a busy Friday afternoon and the streets were packed with people who had come from miles around to shop at the market. Here one could buy anything … Continue reading

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Madagascar: A Gemologist’s Journey (Antananarivo)

Our journey began May 28th in Antananarivo. Antananarivo, also called Tana, is the capital city of Madagascar and also the largest city in Madagascar with an estimated population of 1.6 million people. I have to admit, I imagined Tana to … Continue reading

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Madagascar: A Gemologist’s Journey (Geological Overview)

I recently took a trip to Madagascar for a mineralogy conference and to tour some of the remote mining villages. It was such a wonderful trip and I learned so much that I’d like to share my experience with you … Continue reading

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Differences in Diamond Labs

I have discussed the issue of different diamond grading labs in the past and whether it is important to get a lab certificate for your diamond. There is an interesting article out today regarding two law suits against a jeweler … Continue reading

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Now this is beautiful Colorado amazonite!

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The Search Continues for Colorado Impressive Amazonite

This is one of my favorite pieces we’ve found on our claim because it indicates the potential our claim has to yield some beautiful specimens. And its from the very first pocket we’ve ever found. Not only is the shape … Continue reading

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Colorful Colorado Flourite

Mining season is just around the corner and I’m getting anxious to get out there and mine for gems. You may know we have a gem mining claim in central Colorado. While we’re still beginners and haven’t found anything of … Continue reading

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