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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)... :)

A Visit To The Singapore International Jewelry Expo 2016

From 21 - 24 July, I attended the Singapore International Jewelry Expo (SIJE) 2016. Though my original intent was to visit some of my dealer friends from other countries, I ended up with quite a few more stones than I expected.

I got a blue 2.27-carat Burmese sapphire from my favourite Burmese dealer friends.

Unfortunately, they found the cost of attending the next show in Singapore too high and have declined to exhibit. It's alright. I'll just have to visit them in Yangon.

 

I got a really fiery 4.86 ct Welo opal with a thin dead zone on the side. 

I decided to buy it due to the wide fire and the fact that it encompasses every colour of the rainbow.

Due to the dead zone, the dealer was willing to sell it at a much lower price than what it would normally go for.

 

My favourite buy of all - a rare Burmese Jedi spinel. This isn't just red, it is a glowing, saturated, vibrant red!

Jedi spinels are so named because they have not been touched by 'the dark side' - especially darker secondary colours such as brown or grey.

Until I get all of these in my lightbox and photograph them with a proper DSLR, these photos from my Note 4 will have to suffice. ;)

I met a friend over a few days during the Expo as well, and assisted him in evaluating some gems that he was planning to buy. Always glad to be of service to a fellow gem buyer!