Burmese ban lifted !!

http://www.jckonline.com/2016/10/10/burmese-ruby-jade-ban-now-officially-ended?utm_source=JCK+eNewsletters&utm_campaign=024fad2ec8-2016_10_10_Big_Picture_Monday&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_56301e74d4-024fad2ec8-306522777

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Jeweled Butterfly collection at the Natural History Museum

http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/mineral-sciences/butterfly-collection

 Spessartine Butterfly

 

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Great article on jade: the stone of heaven.

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https://www.lostlaowai.com/blog/china-stuff/chinese-culture/an-introduction-to-jade/

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The synthetic diamond scam: “cultured,” “foundry” and other unnatural nomenclature.

Tempted to purchase a synthetic, manufactured diamond? This professional appraiser will value it fairly for you at today’s replacement cost, but based on past history of similar trade phenomena it seems unlikely to hold its value and resale or trade may prove challenging. Here’s an interesting and informative article on the subject:

http://www.diamonds.net/Magazine/Article.aspx?ArticleID=54861&RDRIssueID=148&ArticleTitle=Synthetic%2bDiamond%2bScam

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Large colorless synthetic gem diamonds: China

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http://www.gia.edu/gems-gemology/spring-2016-gemnews-large-colorless-hpht-synthetic-gem-diamonds-china

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Wittelsbach Blue Diamond

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http://www.jckonline.com/2016/03/31/fancy-vivid-oppenheimer-blue-could-fetch-45-million

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Speaking of diamond crystals …

Check out this little honey:

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Second largest diamond in history found in Botswana

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http://www.nationaljeweler.com/diamonds/supply/1-111-carat-diamond-found-in-Botswana-10920.shtml

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Times article details new synthetic diamond process

 

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New York times article describes a new method for making synthetic diamonds through the use of silicon chip technology.

http://nyti.ms/1iUEs51

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Tourmaline mining in Brazil

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