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Goto AGS Guilds

The American Gem Society (AGS) recently launched a virtual Guild, open not just to AGS members, but to any members of the trade interested in coming together—virtually. Peter Yantzer, Executive Director of AGS Laboratories, will kick-off the first GoTo Guilds meeting with his presentation, “Light Performance 101,” an in-depth primer on the American Gem Society’s […]

Canada Day

Originally called Dominion Day, Canada Day is the national day of Canada when we all celebrate the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today called the Constitution Act, 1867), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire- now the greatest country on earth! Celebrate the Maple Leaf, Molson Canadian (now owned by South African […]

Conclave X-Press

This is by far the highlight on our annual event calendar is Conclave. If you haven’t had the privilege to attend one, you’re in for a treat.  This year on May 31st, at JCK Las Vegas, AGS is holding a one-day all-inclusive mini-Conclave. We call it Conclave X-Press!  For $59.95 (if you are an AGS […]

There’s something about Las Vegas

I consider this my Vegas Sophomore. Last year was my first introduction to JCK Las Vegas, and it was an eye-opener. This year, my schedule if pretty much fully booked, but I will hopefully still have some time to peruse some of the brands I respect and admire.   Watch this space. There’s something really […]

Considering diamond restoration?

As much as we’d like to, we accept the fact that not all diamonds are ideal candidates- and very often, we fight to maintain certain thresholds (depending on investment, design or sentimental value), whilst also aiming for the highest possible cut grade. Sentimental value always dictates the cutter’s direction. With family heirlooms, we’re not only […]

Diamond and Gem Restoration

Ever wondered what to do with all your chipped princesses- or that ruby you need to have re-polished? Any damaged diamonds or gem stones that you have no idea what to do with? Have you been stockpiling parcels of melee that you want to have re-cut? How about those really dead, badly cut or misgraded […]

Gem Diamonds’ two 160 ct + find

Gem Diamonds today  announced the recovery of two 160+-carat diamonds from the Letšeng mine in Lesotho at the end of January. The miner said the two rough diamonds – a 162.06-carat type II stone and a 161.74-carat type I diamond – are each expected to achieve top prices at Letšeng’s February tender. Both diamonds were […]

$79.5 billion in 2013

Total fine jewelry and watch sales in the U.S. market rose to a record $79.5 billion in 2013, an increase of 7.8 percent over 2012 levels, according to preliminary data just released from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Fine jewelry sales, excluding watches, were $70.0 billion in 2013, a gain of 7.6 percent over 2012. […]

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