Gem Workshops With The People's Association Incoming!

A friend recently suggested that I work with the People’s Association (PA) to bring gem workshops to Community Centres in Singapore.

It seems a good idea. No need to worry about venues and room rentals - just a little marketing and delivering the workshop itself.

Well, I am now awaiting confirmation from PA on this, and I’ll keep you posted once I get a response.

Until then, Happy Hunting!

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Lapis Lazuli Gem Jar Junior
Revisiting the Blue Chalcedony from Taiwan

Recently, there has been quite a lot of interest in the blue chalcedony that I got from Taiwan. It has a paraiba-tourmaline-like colour, with a glowing translucency that defies description.

See the previous post on this here

Everybody who has seen it falls in love with it.

As a result, I'm thinking that this is a real contender for the next series of gems I bring into stock. Its rarity is the only thing that makes that a little more difficult than I'd like.

Time to make a few calls.

Blue Chalcedony Taiwan 02
Visiting the Singapore International Jewelry Expo 2018

SIJE 2018 began a couple of days ago.

I was there to visit some dealer friends and to take in the general mood and atmosphere.

Most of the exhibitors were in the jewellery business and I found myself with relatively fewer stalls to visit for loose gemstones.

Nevertheless, there were some really beautiful pieces:

A selection of vibrant Burmese Spinels

A selection of vibrant Burmese Spinels

Star Sapphires

Star Sapphires

Lot of Unheated Blue Star Sapphires. Absolutely love the colour!

Lot of Unheated Blue Star Sapphires. Absolutely love the colour!

Lot of Faceted Sapphires of Multiple Colours

Lot of Faceted Sapphires of Multiple Colours

More updates coming up (after the last day)... :)

Updates: Gem Hunts and New Products

We've been busy hunting gems for the past few weeks.

Apart from our 'usual' unusual gems, we've had some requests for sapphires - both blue and yellow.

So far, we've managed to contact a few sources and some of the results are quite pleasing.

We hope to be able to fulfil the requests that have come in, so that we can make room for the ones that are about to come in. After all, there are only 24 hours in a day.

Apart from our gem hunts, we are working on another product, related to our Gem Jars. Once we finalise more details, we'll update you.

In the meantime, enjoy this picture of a tray of beautiful Swat Emeralds:

Swat Emerald in Matrix
Loupin Jewels
Visiting the Home of A Unique Gem - Blue Zircon

We've been in Cambodia for a fair bit of time now, part of the reason we've not been updating much.

It's VERY hot over here. Though nowhere nearly as humid as Singapore, the Sun seems to scorch through everything. It's almost as if there is a giant magnifying glass over the city, focusing the rays upon us.

Be that as it may, this is home to a unique gem - one found nowhere else on Earth - Blue Zircon.

Not too long ago, this brilliant gemstone was practically unknown in the gem world. Since its introduction at the major gem trade shows, however, demand has soared.

We are fans of blue gems and the Blue Zircon of Cambodia is especially eye-catching. With a refractive index higher than even that of diamond, it has a brilliance and fire that is unrivalled.

To get the blue colour, rough zircon (coloured anything from brown to red) is heated and then allowed to cool. As with all things in nature, this process produces unpredictable results. The resulting zircon may become yellow, colourless or, hopefully, blue.

What's special about Cambodia's Zircons is that they are the only ones that can turn blue. This phenomenon is, as yet, not fully understood.

Blue Zircon

Having been to a number of gem shows and exhibitions, we are noticing a trend that is slightly disturbing.

The Blue Zircon we are seeing now is getting deeper and deeper in colour - to the point where it looks more like London Blue Topaz than anything else. Likely, there is a new 'cooking recipe' in town and there is even the possibility of other chemicals being added to the new rough.

We much prefer the 'old' Blue Zircon, which has a slight hint of green and looks MUCH better than the over-saturated stuff we are seeing now.

It seems that, once again, someone has taken things too far. Yes, high saturation of colour is desirable in coloured gems, but there is such a thing as too much.

If history is anything to go by, there will be some disclosure report at some point (or maybe there already is one), hopefully in the near future, that reveals what this new process is and what its nature is, as well as how stable this new colour is.

That said, we are confident that 'old stocks' of Blue Zircon will rise in prices as they become more desirable than their oddly artificial-looking new variants.

Activity On Social Media

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The Last Gem Buying Session Before 2018

Just a few days ago, I received a message from one of the gem sellers I've been working with.

He's from Sri Lanka and has been in the gem industry all his life, continuing the business from his father. He happened to be in Singapore for the next few days and asked if there was anything I needed.

I told him that I had a few people who are interested in viewing and, possibly, purchasing some gems. As they were available, we I set up a meeting and we looked at the gems he had with him. 

His trip to Singapore was a short one this time so he didn't bring too many this round, though he assured us that he will bring more on his next trip - likely some time in January.

Let's see if we can have our next workshop coincide with his visit.

Gem Buying
Gem Buying 02
Royal Blue Sapphire
Everyone is Going Online... Including Us

With only 1 month before Christmas, many of our friends are beginning to shop for presents. However, a quick look at retail spaces will tell you how little foot traffic most areas are getting.

Where did everybody go? Online, of course.

Shopping online is gaining a lot of traction. After all, who has time to trudge through crowded shopping malls at this time of year? With the advent of tech and falling costs of doing things through online outlets, it's inevitable that online marketplaces are going to overtake retail. Hang on. They already have.

As a result, we are going to be looking at placing our products on different online marketplace platforms.

Also, we are going to attempt to get workshops video-ed and uploaded to online course marketplaces. Udemy and Coursera come to mind.

We will still be holding live workshops because learning to deal with gems requires hands-on practice. We have secured our venue. Now, it's a matter of setting dates.

Updates On Our Next Workshop!

In the past week or so after the Gem Fair, we've updated the website with new pictures and information. There are still some minor things to change but let's focus on some other things.

We are currently in the midst of planning our next workshop. We are talking with the company that runs a venue that we think will be conducive for the workshop.

Based on feedback, our next workshop will be the one on Basic Gem Knowledge, followed by the one on Getting a Good Deal.

We'll also be sending invitations out to register for the workshop so hang on to your hats!

Ruby in Marble
One Day of the Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair to Go!

Exhibiting at the Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair 2017 has been a blast!

Apart from meeting many new faces, we had a few visits from familiar ones, and we got to give our signature talks (related to our workshops) over the 4 days.

Speaking about Gems of Star Wars

Which means that there is only one more day and one more talk to go!

Thank you for coming to visit us at Booth G114 and we hope that you learned something useful from us as well as enjoyed the Gem Jar Juniors (and Classics).

Amethyst for Gem Jars

We feel a little sad that the event is coming to an end but we will cherish the opportunity to rest tomorrow, which will give us a chance to update our site and social media properly.

In the meantime, we are about to go back to Event Halls A and B to meet more of you and to make an impact on the gemstone industry.

Q&A After Talk at SJGF2017