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The misunderstanding of lead glass-filled Ruby

by Touchstone Gems 7. August 2014 20:21

In the wake of the July 28 Today show segment on lead glass–filled rubies, the New York Gemstone Association says the industry needs to develop a plan to deal with misunderstanding of the product. 

The GIA and AGL now refer to these gemstones as 'composite'. Lead glass–filled ruby is unstable and if subjected to ultrasonic cleaning either at home or unwittingly by a jewellery store it may badly discolour or even fall apart.  It is also advisable to keep them away from strong acids.

At Touchstone Gems, we would expect that all retailers, wholesalers, and other gemstone dealers in South Africa clearly disclose at every level leading to the consumer, all treatments and enhancements of their products. 

Consumer confidence is a foundation of our economic health, and if that is shaken by possible misrepresentation from misunderstanding it may affect the entire jewellery industry in South Africa.

Investing in Gemstones with clarity and caution.

by Touchstone Gems 28. June 2011 22:25

The Gemval Aggregate Index has outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the past five years or so.

Advisor One | May 14, 2011 | By Ed McCarthy, CFP

With continued volatility in the dollar and concerns over inflation , don’t be surprised if some of your clients ask you about investing in gemstones.

Anecdotally, at least, gemstones appear to be attracting more interest as a potentially profitable collectible. Part of that interest stems from headline-grabbing auction results, such as the $45.6 million sale of a rare pink diamond at a Sotheby’s auction in Geneva last November.

It’s not just the rarest stones increasing in value: Overall gem prices have increased steadily in recent years, as well. For example, from July 2005 to May 2011, the Gemval Aggregate Index, which tracks prices for 26 gemstone standard specimens, has outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average while avoiding the equity market’s volatility.

Some experts have expressed a bit of skepticism over the Gemval numbers but agree that gem prices have been heading higher. “There’s no question that stones have gone up,” said Richard W. Wise, a graduate gemologist, president of R. W. Wise, Goldsmiths Inc., in Lenox, Mass., and author of Secrets of the Gem Trade: The Connoisseur’s Guide to Precious Gemstones.

“There have been auction records for Kashmir sapphires, for colored diamonds, for Golconda diamonds, one after another over the last few years, Burmese rubies, Colombian emeralds. Of course, these, bear in mind, are auction records so that’s only one portion of the market but there’s no question that gemstones have increased in value,” Wise said in an interview.

Does it make sense for your clients to move into investments that sparkle? Probably not, he says, unless they have access to wholesale markets or are very long-term investors, because the spread between wholesale and retail is wide.

“You can’t pay 50% above wholesale to a jeweler and be talking about buying a gemstone as an investment,” Wise explained.

When selling, most sellers are forced back into the retail channel where they can expect the price they’re offered to be substantially below the prevailing wholesale cost. Owners of more valuable gems and jewelry — which Wise calls “important stones”— have a better chance of working with an auction house. However, he adds, that market typically is limited to stones worth more than $500,000.

It is possible to make investment profits with gemstones, says Wise, by buying exceptional stones at a fair price and holding them for at least 10 years.

Paying a fair price — i.e., closer to the dealer’s or jeweler’s cost — requires spending more money so the dealer/jeweler will reduce the mark-up. If your client wants to create an investment portfolio of stones with low acquisition costs, Wise says $5 million is a good starting place to hire a jeweler with his experience and expertise.

“Five million dollars and we can talk a small (mark-up) percentage,” he says. “You guarantee me that you’ll buy $5 million in gemstones, I’ll be happy to work with you for 10%. But you’re going to pay me that 10% on the $5 million even if you don’t spend the $5 million ... Otherwise, it’s not worth it to me – or to anybody else either.”

 

A diamond is forever (until now)?

by Touchstone Gems 14. January 2011 19:07

Article taken from the Gemstone Forecaster

Suntimes.com
By Paige Wiser

Kate Middleton may have earned the nickname "Waity Katie" during her eight-year courtship with Prince William, but her patience was handsomely rewarded. Not only did the prince ask her to be his royal consort, but he honoured her with his most prized possession: the engagement ring worn by his beloved mother.  The 18-carat sapphire is surrounded by diamonds, and is likely to launch a thousand copycats.

"Kate's ring is actually a huge influential happening in the engagement ring world," says Heather Levine, fashion and beauty editor for wedding website TheKnot.com.

"When Princess Diana was given the ring 30 years ago, replicas flew off the shelves," she says. "We expect the same to happen this time."

Indeed, just 10 minutes after photos of Middleton's ring were released, the computer server at New York's Natural Sapphire Co. crashed from sudden demand. Ring knockoffs are being marketed as low as $29, while a clone of the ring would go for about a half million dollars.  Oh, relax, grooms-to-be. According to a recent survey, the average cost of an engagement ring is $5,861. Just don't try skipping the tradition altogether. More than 90 percent of brides are wearing engagement rings.

"Diamonds have really been the classic engagement ring for the last 200 years or so," says Robert Weldon, a gemstone expert with the Gemological Institute of America. "But we're suddenly seeing people becoming a lot more creative."  Colourless diamonds are getting less attention than Technicolour rings. "Coloured gemstones are back in a big way," says Levine. Javier Bardem proposed to Penelope Lopez with an enormous blue sapphire, while Jessica Simpson's countered ex Nick Lachey's engagement with her own Neil Lane ruby-and-diamond ring from fiance Eric Johnson.

"I've already done the traditional thing," Simpson's said. "I wanted to do something that was different." The ruby is Simpson's birthstone, and the fiery gem symbolizes both desire and loving devotion.

The traditional diamond engagement ring owes more to brilliant marketing than romance. De Beers, the world's largest diamond company, turned to Hollywood in the '30s to popularize the bigger-is-better mentality. They gifted starlets with enormous stones, lent their wares for glamorous photo shoots, and encouraged screenwriters to include jewelry shopping scenes in their movies. By 1947, when De Beers' ad agency came up with the "A diamond is forever slogan," diamond rings were inextricably linked to marriage proposals.

When celebrities want to stand out, they go for cartoonishly large jewels in the tradition of Liz Taylor. Football and reality star Chad Ochocinco proposed to "Basketball Wives" star Evelyn Lozada, who promptly Tweeted a photo of the ring. "I'm no rabbit but 10 carats looks good on me!!" she wrote. "Let the hating begin."

Celebs can't resist rare coloured diamonds, either. Mariah Carey, of course, has a pink one; Carrie Underwood, Heidi Klum and Rebecca Romijn all have yellow; Kristen Bell wears a cognac shade, and Carmen Electra received the ideal ring for her: a black diamond.

Jeff Wilser, editor of the men's wedding website theplunge.com, says that the two-month salary rule is still a good place to start. "If he can't swing two months' savings, the thinking goes, then he can't be a capable husband," he says. Think of it as the price of eternal happiness. "You have to put it in perspective," says Wilser. "This is something that your wife will be wearing every day of every week of every year of her life, forever.

"We recommend communication and never buying it blindly. If you're tempted to buy her a ring without any input at all, think of it like this — imagine that your girlfriend is drafting your fantasy football team without any input from you."

While a ruby symbolizes passion, brides-to-be can get a similar effect with a red garnet, red tourmaline or red spinel.

The one main advantage of a diamond: They're nearly indestructible, which means they can be passed from one generation to the next.  "Sapphires and rubies are also extremely durables stones," says the GIA's Weldon. "So are emeralds. But if you inadvertently bang an opal ring against a brick wall, you could have serious consequences."

Colourful rings, though, aren't the only popular kind lately. Among the biggest trends:

Eco-friendly rings
Leonardo DiCaprio's 2006 movie "Blood Diamond" enlightened many consumers about the brutal origins of these supposedly romantic stones. Many newly engaged couples insisted on conflict-free diamonds and recycled gold settings. "A lot of brides are really conscious about the environment," says The Knot's Levine. "They want to be sure they're not harming anyone in purchasing these." Another way to go eco-friendly? Buy a vintage ring.

Halo settings
Kate Middleton's sapphire is surrounded by 14 diamonds, and right on trend. Encircling a center stone with extra diamonds not only adds sparkle, but can make the center stone look larger.

Twisted bands
Jewels aren't the only part of the ring that can be customized. Diamond-encrusted or smooth, these bands can add to the ring's elegance.

Non-treated stones
Educated consumers have learned that not all stones are created equal. "There are some sapphires that come out of the ground in a rather milky blue," says Weldon by way of example. "When that stone is heated, some of the white inclusions partially dissolve or are integrated into the crystallography of the stone." Purists prefer untreated stones, which can cost more.

The bride has a say
One trend unlikely to slow down anytime soon: Brides-to-be getting involved in the purchasing process. "If they don't actually go shopping with the groom, they're probably leaving some very obvious hints," says Levine. "You can leave a certain Web page on your computer screen, or doodle on a paper and leave it on the coffee table. It's a somewhat more discreet way to say, ‘This is what I want. Get me what I want.'"

Celebrities may set styles, but only you can say what you want on your finger for the next half century or so. (Let's think positively.) "I don't want to sound mushy, but it's important to follow your heart," says Weldon. "You should go for what really speaks to you — what makes your heart beat a little faster."

 

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