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Select Your Loose Emerald Wisely

In my previous post I discussed my continuing education lesson on Emerald Enhancements. It was quite interesting learning how GIA judges clarity enhancements in emeralds. I mentioned that because emeralds are type III gemstones and are almost always included, most … Continue reading

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2013 Color of the Year: Emerald

I saw on the news today the 2013 color of the year is Pantone color 17-5641, also known as Emerald. I guess now we can say goodbye to Tangerine Tango from 2012. To see the official Pantone color, Click Here. … Continue reading

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Science Project Faux Pas Yields Real Emerald

Did you know real emeralds can be grown in a lab? In 1938, after years of experimenting, US college student Carroll Chatham successfully grew the first gem-quality emerald. While Carroll was off in college, his chemistry experiment was left running … Continue reading

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Green Garnet: Tsavorite

My favorite garnet is the rich green garnet, Tsavorite, which is a calcium garnet containing aluminum in the grossularite species. Hopefully, if you’re a regular reader, you’ll understand what I just said. Tsavorite was discovered in the 1960s in Tanzania, … Continue reading

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