Titanium Coated Tanzanite

March 5th, 2014 No comments

Be on the look out folks. They are now putting a titanium coating on Tanzanite.

GIA Article on Titanium Coated Tanzanite

SSEF issues alert on new treatment of conch pearls

September 12th, 2013 No comments

SSEF issues alert on new treatment of conch pearls

This press release reports the detection of a new treatment (coating) applied on the surface of conch pearls, which may over the years alterate (corrode) their surface, and thus heavily damage their appearance and beauty.


About Opals

June 30th, 2013 2 comments

I have redesigned and edited the About Opals: Layman’s Guide to Nomenclature and turned it into a PDF,About Opals-Jamey Swisher, R.G.

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Rainbow Calsilica – Fact or Fiction?

March 24th, 2013 1 comment

Well. That is a good question. Rainbow Calsilica is it real or not? It is most definitely real as in a real material fashioned into slabs and cabochons.

But the source of this material is man-made without any doubts nor questions!

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Welo Investigation Part II: Micro Dots & Plant Like Impressions

February 1st, 2012 No comments

There’s been a lot if questions about the dark dots on Welo opals from Wollo Provence.

Some have went back to the petrified or preserved plant matter again. Others, no clue.

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AGL Identifies Irradiated Emeralds

January 4th, 2012 No comments

AGL Identifies Irradiated Emeralds

According to the report the color can be stable or can fade with light and time.

So be on the lookout!

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Treatment/Scam Alert: Watermelon Tourmaline

August 23rd, 2011 No comments

A relatively new, but not brand new, fake on the market now is quartz that is cut in typical tourmaline designs and is then coated to look just like watermelon tourmaline. It is the typical CVD method used in the well known Mystic Topaz line of products. The treatment is not the problem, but that many unscrupulous vendors and dealers are selling these pieces as real watermelon tourmaline!
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Forum Registrations Reactivated

August 9th, 2011 No comments

Our forum sign ups have been reactivated. The Bot attack has finally ceased.

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Gemstone Treatment Alert: Ceylon/Sri Lanka Blue Sapphires

July 6th, 2011 No comments

Please use the link below for the full story and any updates I may list as I find out more information. But a quick summation is that Sri Lanka buyers have been buying up lots of the dark dark blue sapphire rough from Nigeria and Australia and have some how discovered a way to use Beryllium Treatment to lighten these overly dark and less valuable sapphires into close to top colors and far more valuable blues! The issue is many are just being sold into the Market as Ceylon/Sri Lanka origin materials and the only treatment(s) disclosed are “Heat” or “Heat Only” or “Heated”, no disclosure of Beryllium Diffusion/Treatment disclosed!


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Odd Inclusions In Quartz

June 17th, 2011 2 comments

A friend and colleague, Hamid Usman Khattak(HUK) AG Gemologist from the Gems & Gemological Institute of Pakistan (GGIP)-Peshawar has shared with me some very unusual images I thought everyone would bee interested in viewing and giving their thoughts upon them. I was stunned!

Obviously the stone was cut to enhance the layout of the inclusions, but still, talk about wild!! Mother Nature has lots of tricks up her sleeves!

Once again, we can not thank our friend and colleague, Hamid Usman Khattak(HUK) AG Gemologist from the Gems & Gemological Institute of Pakistan (GGIP)-Peshawar for sharing this find and his wonderful images with us!

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