Our forum sign ups have been reactivated. The Bot attack has finally ceased.
It is official. The GemAddicts contest has officially been launched, or will be in a couple hours. Make sure to check out the Form thread for the rules, how to enter, and what you can win!
Let’s have some fun folks and let’s see how good your work is! Open to gemstone cutters, gemstone cabbers, gemstone carvers, wire wrappers, metal smiths, wire weavers, chainmaille, jewelers, designers, etc.
I just wanted to offer my formal apologies for the lack of updates as well as the delay of Part II of the clarity enhancement report. My health has caused a little bump in the road. Hopefully things will resume back to normal soon.
Just a few simple photographic setups for shooting your stones or Jewellery. The person iS the subject/stone in this Case. Discs are reflectors and disc around camera lens is a macro Lens reflector which can be had from Adorama.com for under $10. The reflectors can be true photo reflectors or white poster board, cardboard wrapped in crumpled up aluminum foil or a silver reflective fold up car windshield shade which cost about $6 from Wal-Mart automotive and are essentially same thing as a real photo one as long as get the oval ones that fold up into a small disc.
First off please be sure to take the Gem-Metrics Poll on the lower right of the website, thank you very much.
Secondly, this is an unusual announcement considering the last thing heard was a bid to buy another TV show, but
Now, this article is going to be a bit technical, no choice, but I promise to keep it in as simple of terms as physical possible! Now, I am sure by now all of you are thinking something along the line of, ‘What the heck does monitor calibration, internet browsers, and color profiles have to do with gemstones and for that matter what are they!!??”. Am I close? LOL. Well, that is the goal of this article, as well as to give you the consumer and you the Retailer the proper tools and know how in order to make the purchasing of colored gemstones on the internet even more like shopping in a Brick & Mortar Storefront!
Gemstone Photography, this seems to be a constant area of debate amongst the gemstone and jewelry community. Sadly, most of the information that gets relayed in these debates is just incorrect and misinformation. My goal with this article is to try and straighten out a few of the larger misconceptions and misinformation be spread around. Photography and its techniques and secrets used to be known and done only by a few that had the skill to succeed and those who could afford the equipment necessary. With the advent of the super affordable entry level digital SLRs, like the Canon Rebel series(XT, XTi, XS, XSi, etc.) and Nikon D40/60/70/80, photography became far more widespread and adopted as a hobby and a “business”. Read more…
I would like to proudly announce the going live of our gallery of gemstones and gemstone materials. It is not entirely completed but is well on its way and more content will be added as the images get finished. Our goal is to provide an online reference guide for collectors, jewelers, gemologists, etc. of gemstones, jaspers, agates, telltale inclusions for both natural and treated materials, crystals& rough, as well as cut & finished pieces loose and in jewelery. We believe that this would be a very useful tool to double check identifications and the like so correct and better and more thorough IDs can be made. We hope you enjoy the gallery as well as find it a useful tool.
A special thanks goes out to Astynax, because without his contributions and hard work this project would have never come to be! He has spent a lot of time and put forth a lot of effort to bring this project to life and deserves a large kudos from everyone! So please drop by the forums and give him a big thanks for all his hard work!
Sorry for the lack of updates and some of the new stuff from the AGTA, GIA, and other labs. We are in the process of a physical move to a new location and setting up a business storefront as well. So, I just have not had the time to keep up with everything. But I promise as soon as we get done moving and setting up I will get the Seller lists all up to date as well as get some of the more recent news in the gemological community added here!