Failure of 57,000 Carat “Emerald” To Sell Is No Surprise … But Arrest of Owner IS

January 29, 2012

As I sat at the airport awaiting my flight to Tucson, for the world’s largest gem/mineral show, and contemplating whether or not to buy a pair of roller blades to more quickly navigate the many shows, I received yet another email pertaining to the “rare, valuable 57,000 carat ‘emerald”’ that was to be sold at […]

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JCK News Makes MY Holiday Brighter

December 22, 2011

I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t had time to post anything for a couple weeks, but I was so happy to read the following in JCK online that I just had to encourage each of you to follow the link and read this article: I want you to know that this has been the […]

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Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewels

December 5, 2011

Some things are worth waiting for, and standing in long lines to view Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels is one of them! I was among the first admitted to the viewing when it opened on Saturday (thanks to my being a “regular” at Christie’s for 30 years and having been given a VIP pass), and it made […]

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Natural or Treated…Only the FIRST Question You SHOULD Be Asking

November 30, 2011

The topic on one of the internet discussion groups this week was treated gemstones, the consensus being that there is nothing wrong with treated gemstones–or synthetics or imitations–as long as the buyer “discloses” what the product is and that it is treated. But it seemed to me after reading the various comments that by “disclosure” […]

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Valuing Products in Market, Including Composite Rubies

November 28, 2011

I received an email from someone that related to the entire complex issue of “glass-ruby composites” — what they are really “worth,” why disclosure doesn’t occur and why it shouldn’t matter anyway if someone likes the product and can afford it. This led to a conversation about the “value” of any gemstone, and whether or […]

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