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The rise of Ethiopian opal

Konrad mapIn the early 1990s, a new opal deposit was discovered in Africa. This new material, found in Ethiopia, had a yellow to brown base color and was fairly unstable. However, in 2008 a new deposit was found in northern Ethiopia producing white-base to semi-crystal, high-grade material. This new discovery gave an alternative to the well-known Australian opal on the open market. Being sold at competitive and affordable pricing, consumers now had a new choice in opal.

A (half) year in review of color

Every year, thousands of people descend upon Arizona to partake in the craziness that is the Tucson Gem Show. For decades, the Tucson Show has set the standard for the color gemstone industry. New trends are displayed, pricing updates unveiled, and unique stones presented, making it the “red carpet” for color gems.

Heating up

Konrad diffusion MayFrom Pliny to the Egyptians, historical mentions of treating color gemstones to improve their color is prevalent throughout history. As technology advanced, more precise techniques in treatments became available.

I’ll take two!

Konrad agateIn a world of similarities, people are always trying to stand out. From the clothes we wear, the cars we buy, to the daily digital gadgets we use, achieving originality while being trendy is difficult.

Can you take a picture?

Konrad DinoIt’s just before closing, a customer comes in search of that perfect item. You chat briefly about what they want, realize it’s going to be a custom piece, and you have to bring in the stone. Then they ask, “is there any way to see pictures before I buy it?” Your heart sinks, knowing how difficult it is capturing the beauty of a gemstone in a single picture, but the sale depends on it! We have apps that can literally drop food off at our front door but we still can’t figure out how to easily and quickly take quality gemstone photos. What if there were tools available that make taking pictures painless? Here are some easy options to make the stress of taking pictures disappear.