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The Commoner’s Sapphire

Konrad OctFrom morganite to sapphire, color is becoming more popular in today’s engagement rings. While this trend is relatively young for Western culture, it is beginning to find its place in the market. New styles and fashions are continuously brightened by the wide collection of color available. However, one classic, color gemstone ring set the wheels in motion for this current trend and remains popular today, the Princess Diana sapphire ring.

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.

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