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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Topaz or Not Topaz? That is the Question!

One of the missions Robert M. Shipley defined when he created the Gemological Institute of America was to rectify incorrect practices¬†in the jewelry and gem business. One of the most common of these is the use of trade names and misnomers for gemstones. Before the development of the gemological sciences, it was common for gem […]

Water Loving Opal from the Deserts of Ethiopia

We just acquired this gorgeous crystal opal from Ethiopia. Full of fiery reds and oranges, as well as golds, greens and ¬†purples, this beauty will be the perfect drop of color for a magnificent necklace. While it’s been known for various unusual types of opal since the early 1990’s, Ethiopia burst onto the gem scene […]