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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)... :)

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
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
Being Part of the Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair 2017

We were recently approached by a representative from the organiser (UBM) for the Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair. As a side note, UBM also organises the gem fair in Hong Kong.

The representative - let's give him a mysterious name - Mr. R, asked if we'd be interested in exhibiting at the upcoming fair in Singapore from 27 - 30 October. He also asked if we would like to present a speech or workshop at the fair.

It was quite an opportunity and we sought more information, which Mr. R very kindly provided.

Exhibiting at the show was not prohibitively expensive, especially for a Singapore-registered company, but it did have quite a cost. Mr. R agreed that partnering with another exhibitor and sharing the space could work.

To that end, we brought an offer to a gem dealer friend who may be interested in exhibiting in the upcoming fair. We aren't sure about the logistics on his part but we offered to help where we can.

We offered some topics that may interest the participants at the upcoming fair - along the lines of the curriculum and the book that we've written (though not yet published) - and Mr. R said that he'd get back to us once the team has confirmed the programme and theme of the show.

It looks like an interesting few months leading up to the fair and we look forward to being a part of it!

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!