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Last updated: November 2014.

Category: Diamonds, Loose diamonds

Coster Diamonds
The Amsterdam diamond cutter Moses Elias Coster moved into factory premises at Waterlooplein in 1840, and Coster Diamonds was born. During that time, diamonds were still cut by machines literally powered by horses. Today, they are located in three grand mansions, beautifully situated between the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. They sell loose & set diamonds as well as offer a Coster Diamond Certificate which will assure you of the authenticity and quality of your diamond
Url: http://www.costerdiamonds.com/en

 

 

Aurora Gems

Provider of Exclusive (naturally) colored diamonds (fancy diamonds) for collectors and jewelry. Creator of the famous diamond collection at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York since 1989. The Aurora collection has been exhibited at the London Natural History Museum.

Url: http://www.auroragems.com/aurora_gems.html

 

 

Color Diamond Shop

This site focuses exclusively on natural color diamonds and demonstrates that these beautiful stones are available for every budget.

Url: http://www.colordiamondshop.com/home.php#

Category: Diamonds, Fancy/Colored Diamonds

 

Aurora Gems

Provider of Exclusive (naturally) colored diamonds (fancy diamonds) for collectors and jewelry. Creator of the famous diamond collection at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York since 1989. The Aurora collection has been exhibited at the London Natural History Museum.

Url: http://www.auroragems.com/aurora_gems.html

 

Color Diamond Encyclopedia

Flash interface with great images of colored diamonds.

Url: http://www.color-diamond-encyclopedia.com/

 

 

Color Diamond Shop

This site focuses exclusively on natural color diamonds and demonstrates that these beautiful stones are available for every budget.

Url: http://www.colordiamondshop.com/home.php#

 

Category: Diamonds, Diamond Jewelry

 

Eddie Lanes Diamond Showcase

Eddie Lane’s Diamond Showroom is marketing their diamond products throughout the United States from two factory showrooms and a virtual shoppe. The original parent company, Equity Diamond Brokers, is still marketing their very competitively priced delivery line to jewelers throughout the country.

Url: http://www.edbsonline.com/

 

 

Coster Diamonds B.V.

The Amsterdam diamond cutter Moses Elias Coster moved into factory premises at Waterlooplein in 1840, and Coster Diamonds was born. During that time, diamonds were still cut by machines literally powered by horses. Today, they are located in three grand mansions, beautifully situated between the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. They sell loose & set diamonds as well as offer a Coster Diamond Certificate which will assure you of the authenticity and quality of your diamond.

Url: http://www.costerdiamonds.com/en

 

Sotheby’s Diamonds

Sotheby’s Diamonds is a unique partnership between the world’s oldest auction house and the Steinmetz Diamond Group.

Url: http://www.sothebysdiamonds.com/

 

 

Alwand Vahan

Please call them at 800-365-6101 for nearest location. 1983 Alwand moved his factories to larger facilities out of New York and expanded its line in 1995 from earrings to full signature collections, including the successful Moire’, Montage , and the romantic Blanc de Blanc as seen in Town and Country, Luster, In Style and other publications. Sasha states ?I create jewelry like I would a film set: with mood, drama, and my customers wear the jewelry like actresses.

Url: http://www.alwandvahan.com/

 

 

Georg Jensen

Our vision is to be a leading, trend-setting and surprising international luxury goods brand anchored in jewellery and watches.

Url: http://www.georgjensen.com/English/Collections/Jewellery.aspx

 

 

Buccellati

Mario Buccellati at the beginning of the century, Gianmaria Buccellati and Andrea Buccellati today, carry on his design capability, creating a link between past, present, and future.

Url: http://www.buccellati.com/

 

 

David Morris

David Morris designs have an imaginative flair that draws on classic techniques but translates into uniquely imaginative jewellery of the highest quality, renowned for a lightness of touch that is both modern and timeless.

Url: http://www.davidmorris.com/home/

 

 

Canturi

The Canturi collections are designed with a commitment to timeless modernity. The intention behind each design is to transcend time with a distinct, unique and luxurious style. It is the designer’s hope that each Canturi piece will be treasured always.

Url: http://www.canturi.com/main.html

 

David Birnbaum/Rare1

At David Birnbaum/Rare 1, you receive professional one-on-one attention and hi-level professional service.

Url: http://www.rare1.com/home.html

 

 

Gavello

Gavello is a young and dynamic organizational knit, constantly attentive to the research and the development of quality production and of trends, where often it is a leader in its own sector.

Url: http://www.gavello.net/

 

 

Boucheron

Since its founding by Frederic Boucheron in 1858, the house has created exceptional pieces in the high jewellery, watch and jewellery ranges. Throughout the history of the House of Boucheron, Frederic Boucheron was often a pioneer: he was the first jeweller to open on the Place Vendôme in 1893, he did successful experiments with diamond engraving, and was the precursor of the ?nature? style by using snakes and other symbolic animal figures of 19th century Art Nouveau.

Url: http://www.boucheron.com/

 

 

Chimento Gioielli

Initiative, intuition, experimentation: with the determination and conviction of those early days, Adriano Chimento still today makes his unique, distinctive mark day after day in the history of Italian-made jewelry.

Url: http://www.chimento.it/

 

 

Graff Diamonds

The House of Graff is synonymous with the most fabulous jewels in the world. The name symbolises rarity, beauty, excellence and, above all, the best quality, craftsmanship and diamonds.

Url: http://www.graffdiamonds.com/flash.php

 

 

Fred

French jeweller since 1936 and a member of the LVHM Group, Fred’s innovative spirit remains in the sales spaces, which are at once lively and luminous, daring and elegant. Since 2002 FRED has opened more than 10 boutiques the world over from London to Paris, via Tokyo.

Url: http://www.fred-paris.com/fred.asp

 

 

deBoulle

Over the years the fine designers at deBoulle have created the exquisite deBoulle Collection which can be viewed on their official website.

Url: http://www.deboulle.com/deboulle.shtml

 

 

Chris Correia Collection

Color, form, movement, and comfort are the basis for Chris Correia’s approach to design. “I feel privileged to be a designer in today’s jewelry industry. My approach to design is influenced by today’s woman and her varying lifestyle needs. Being a woman in business myself, women’s needs are easy for me to understand.” – Chris Correia

Url: http://www.chriscorreia.com/

 

 

Damiani

Damiani was founded by Enrico Grassi Damiani in Valenza. Strongly influenced by the beauty of Art Deco styles, Enrico designed and produced fine jewelry which quickly became renowned. He became the personal jeweler of influential families. Passion, creativity, and commitment are the cornerstones for the Damiani family in its third generation, investing in the future while keeping family traditions and values.

Url: http://www.damiani.it/

 

 

de Grisogono

When he founded de Grisogono SA, Fawaz Gruosi was driven by intuition rather than by any strategy, and he specialized in the creation and sale of designer jewellery and objets d’art.

Url: http://www.degrisogono.com/

 

 

Cartier

Cartier SA, famous jeweller and watch manufacturer, is a subsidiary (Vendôme Group) of Compagnie Financière Richemont SA. The creator of the women’s wristwatch (in 1888) also made the first wristwatch with a leather strap — for a Brazilian aviator in 1904. Now a global symbol of cosmopolitan fashion and fortune, the glittering Cartier trademark bedecks jewelry, clocks, watches, perfume, leather goods, apparel, and accessories. Nearly three-fourths of sales come from jewelry and watches. Cartier baubles and beads are distributed worldwide through more than 220 Cartier boutiques and through licensees and retail concessions.

Url: http://www.cartier.com/

 

 

David Yurman

David Yurman, founder of the David Yurman Jewelry Company, is well-renown for his signature jewelry line “Cable Collection” which is comprised of “cable” jewelry, made from twisted, sterling silver ropes.

Url: http://www.davidyurman.com/

 

 

Bulgari

Italian jeweler and luxury goods retailer Bulgari (“BVLGARI”) is named for its founder, Italian Greek emigrant Sotirios Bulgari (???????? ?????????). According to Yahoo! Finance, Dickson Concepts (International) Limited Company is a retailer and distributor of luxury goods in Southeast Asia (mostly Hong Kong). Its designer wares include luxury items from names such as Coach, Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, Bulgari, Chopard. Dickson Concepts operates more than 350 stores (some through joint ventures) under various luxury names, as well as three Seibu department stores in Hong Kong. Sales are evenly split between locals and tourists. Group executive chairman Dickson Poon owns 54% of Dickson Concepts. The company announced in July 2006 that it’s buying Tommy Hilfiger’s Asia Pacific unit.

Url: http://www.bulgari.com/splash.php

 

Category: Diamonds, Diamond Alternatives

 

Moissanite Co.

Moissanite Co. has an extensive collection of rings, earrings, necklaces and pendants. Over 2,000 different items are featured online from their large selection of moissanite jewelry. The company originated in Las Vegas, but the mailing address and offices for the website happen to be in Texas. The stores are still in Las Vegas, but they are considered to be a separate entity from Moissanite Co.

Url: http://www.moissaniteco.com/

 

Charles & Colvard created Moissanite

Charles & Colvard is an exclusive worldwide marketer and distributor of created moissanite jewels, with proprietary patents for the manufacturing process as well as the usage of the jewels themselves.

Url: http://www.moissanite.com/index.cfm

 

 

Briolite

Briolite is a synthetic stone & used as a diamond substitute in jewelry. Material used to create it is unknown.

Url: http://www.briolite.com/

 

 

NOVA (PBS) – The Diamond Deception

NOVA’s website accompanying their 2001 broadcast on Diamonds. Articles include those of well known authors and gemologists in the field.

Url: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/diamond/

 

 

Heat Treatment & Chemical Additives make stones look like Rare Gems

ACS (American Chemical Society) cover story (article by Amanda Yarnell) on how heat treatment and chemical additives can make mundane stones look they are exclusive fancy/colored/rare diamonds/gems. A MUST READ before purchasing diamonds or gemstones!

Url: http://pubs.acs.org/cen/coverstory/8205/print/8205diamondsbox1.html

 

Category: Diamonds, Diamond Certificates

Coster Diamonds B.V.
The Amsterdam diamond cutter Moses Elias Coster moved into factory premises at Waterlooplein in 1840, and Coster Diamonds was born. During that time, diamonds were still cut by machines literally powered by horses. Today, they are located in three grand mansions, beautifully situated between the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. They sell loose & set diamonds as well as offer a Coster Diamond Certificate which will assure you of the authenticity and quality of your diamond
Url: http://www.costerdiamonds.com/en

 

 

American Gem Society Laboratories (USA)   

The American Gem Society Laboratories is the premier diamond-grading laboratory in the world. Founded 1996, the American Gem Society Laboratories was established to fulfill a need in the industry to provide you with a protective and definitive diamond- grading document. The American Gem Society Laboratories? diamond grading reports quantify a diamond’s beauty using a 0 to 10 grading scale created for simplicity and ease-of-use.

Url: http://www.agslab.com/

 

 

AGS: American Gem Society (USA)

Consumer Protection Since 1934. When you work with members of the American Gem Society, you’re working with knowledgeable and credentialed experts in gems and jewelry who adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards. Only 5% of jewelers, designers, appraisers, and suppliers nationwide have met the exacting standards for membership in the American Gem Society, and all titleholders must be recertified annually! Shop with the best ? a jewelry expert and member of the American Gem Society.

Url: http://www.americangemsociety.org/

 

 

AGTA-GTC: American Gem Trade Organization – Gem Testing Center (USA)

One of the leading trade organizations and gem/diamond testing laboratories and member of the The Laboratory Manual Harmonization Committee (LMHC). The AGTA Gemological Testing Center is the natural colored gemstone industry’s premier independent laboratory providing the industry and the public with a complete range of services, including gemstone identification, origin determination and pearl identification. The laboratory, located in New York City, is equipped with the latest, technologically advanced, investigative equipment.

Url: http://www.agta-gtc.org/

 

Category: Diamonds, Diamond Education

 

Aurora Gems Books

Using the Aurora Collection of 260 fancy colour diamonds as its foundation, “Collecting and Classifying Coloured Diamonds, An Illustrated Study of the Aurora Collection”, explores the gamut of colours displayed by diamonds in nature and, in a format for both the layperson and the expert, investigates how diamond colours are perceived, measured, and classified. “Forever Brilliant, The Aurora Collection of Colored Diamonds” catalogues the world’s most famous diamond collection consisting of 260 natural colored diamonds which have been on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York since 1989.

Url: http://www.auroragems.com/books_press.html

 

 

Alchemy texts

Many of the old lapidaries (writers who wrote about gemstones) attributed different spiritual and medical properties to different stones. The site has many texts even from before the 16th century. Great resource in addition to our library of old books.

Url: http://levity.com/alchemy/texts.html

 

 

NOVA (PBS) – The Diamond Deception

NOVA’s website accompanying their 2001 broadcast on Diamonds. Articles include those of well known authors and gemologists in the field.

Url: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/diamond/

 

 

Heat Treatment & Chemical Additives make stones look like Rare Gems

ACS (American Chemical Society) cover story (article by Amanda Yarnell) on how heat treatment and chemical additives can make mundane stones look they are exclusive fancy/colored/rare diamonds/gems. A MUST READ before purchasing diamonds or gemstones!

Url: http://pubs.acs.org/cen/coverstory/8205/print/8205diamondsbox1.html

 

 

Calculator for Estimating Carat Weights of Gemstones and Diamonds

Extensive calculator for estimating weight of gems and diamonds which are already set in jewelry. You need to take pretty exact measurements and know the type of cut as well as the depth of the stone which can be difficult to measure if the stone is already set. Still quite an interesting tool.

Url: http://www.asia-gems.com/gemstone-weight-calculator.php

 

 

Ruby Sapphire.com

The private website of Richard Hughes containing dozens of articles on rubies, sapphires, and the mining areas where they are found. Richard Hughes, a gemologist working at the AGTA-GTC gem lab, is considered one of the best experts in the world on rubies and sapphires.

Url: http://www.ruby-sapphire.com/home.htm

 

 

Diamond Intelligence Briefs

News items (business-to-business) from the Diamond Industry, dealing with industry trends, blood diamonds etc.

Url: http://www.diamondintelligence.com/

 

 

Gem Book Publishers (Fred Ward)

Series of gemstone books written by renowned expert Fred Ward.

Url: http://www.fredwardgems.com/home.htm

 

 

Renee Newman

Series of gemstone, diamond and jewelry consumer buying guides by Renée Newman.

Url: http://reneenewman.com/index.htm

 

 

Color Diamond Encyclopedia

Flash interface with great images of colored diamonds.

Url: http://www.color-diamond-encyclopedia.com/

 

 

AGS: American Gem Society (USA)

Consumer Protection Since 1934. When you work with members of the American Gem Society, you’re working with knowledgeable and credentialed experts in gems and jewelry who adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards. Only 5% of jewelers, designers, appraisers, and suppliers nationwide have met the exacting standards for membership in the American Gem Society, and all titleholders must be recertified annually! Shop with the best ? a jewelry expert and member of the American Gem Society.

Url: http://www.americangemsociety.org/

 

Category: Jewelry, Retail Stores

 

Rumour Jewellers

Rumour Jewellery is online & in London to design your own engagement ring & eternity rings. In addition to wedding jewelry, they offer a lovely selection of vividly colored cocktail rings made with amethyst, iolite, green tourmaline, aquamarine, topaz, peridot, garnet, and/or other gemstones.

Url: http://www.rumouronline.com/default.htm

 

 

Eddie Lanes Diamond Showcase

Eddie Lane’s Diamond Showroom is marketing their diamond products throughout the United States from two factory showrooms and a virtual shoppe. The original parent company, Equity Diamond Brokers, is still marketing their very competitively priced delivery line to jewelers throughout the country.

Url: http://www.edbsonline.com/

 

 

JewelryWonder.com

Online jewelry shoppe specializing in fashionable Baltic amber pieces. Many items were handmade in Poland. Jewelry made of other materials, mainly crystal, can also be found on their website.

Url: http://www.jewelrywonder.com/

 

 

Moissanite Co.   

Moissanite Co. has an extensive collection of rings, earrings, necklaces and pendants. Over 2,000 different items are featured online from their large selection of moissanite jewelry. The company originated in Las Vegas, but the mailing address and offices for the website happen to be in Texas. The stores are still in Las Vegas, but they are considered to be a separate entity from Moissanite Co.

Url: http://www.moissaniteco.com/

 

 

Andreoli Jewellers s.r.l   

The Italian jeweller, Andreoli, comprehensive line is aimed at the diverse market: from young women looking for everyday jewelry for work to those who want something unique and important.

Url: http://www.andreoli-gioielli.com/

 

Gueblin Ateliers AG   

Gubelin Ateliers AG specialises in the craft of jewellery making. Not only do highly qualified experts design and manufacture newly crafted of customised jewellery but they also redesign family and/or estate jewellery. Gubelin Ateliers AG also designs and creates the House of Gubelin’s jewellery collections which are exclusively available at Gubelin AG Stores. Many of these creations have won international awards.

Url: http://www.guebelin.ch/

 

 

Hancock & Co. Ltd.   

Hancocks was founded in 1849 and is one of London’s oldest and finest established specialist dealers buying and selling outstanding antique and collectors jewels and silver. In addition to exquisite pieces, this website also provides ‘brief key facts’ from biographies for all famous past and present jewelry designers on the site. In 1962 the Company was granted the Royal Warrant as Goldsmiths and Silversmiths to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, an honour they still hold today.

Url: http://www.hancocks-london.com/acatalog/biographies.htm#

 

 

Sotheby’s Diamonds    

Sotheby’s Diamonds is a unique partnership between the world’s oldest auction house and the Steinmetz Diamond Group.

Url: http://www.sothebysdiamonds.com/

 

 

Georg Jensen

Our vision is to be a leading, trend-setting and surprising international luxury goods brand anchored in jewellery and watches.

Url: http://www.georgjensen.com/English/Collections/Jewellery.aspx

 

 

Di Modolo

The year 2000 marked the launch of Di MODOLO, a luxury jewelry brand offering an array of 18K white and yellow gold, diamonds, and precious gemstone creations masterfully designed by Dino Modolo. They have two locations, Milan and New York City.

Url: http://www.dimodolousa.com/

 

 

Buccellati

Mario Buccellati at the beginning of the century, Gianmaria Buccellati and Andrea Buccellati today, carry on his design capability, creating a link between past, present, and future.

Url: http://www.buccellati.com/

 

 

David Morris

David Morris designs have an imaginative flair that draws on classic techniques but translates into uniquely imaginative jewellery of the highest quality, renowned for a lightness of touch that is both modern and timeless.

Url: http://www.davidmorris.com/home/

 

 

Canturi

The Canturi collections are designed with a commitment to timeless modernity. The intention behind each design is to transcend time with a distinct, unique and luxurious style. It is the designer’s hope that each Canturi piece will be treasured always.

Url: http://www.canturi.com/main.html

 

 

Bianca Lopez Fine Jewelry   

New York City-based designer Bianca Lopez formed her company on the concept of developing contemporary designs using ancient technique.

Url: http://www.biancalopez.com/

 

 

David Birnbaum/Rare1

At David Birnbaum/Rare 1, you receive professional one-on-one attention and hi-level professional service.

Url: http://www.rare1.com/home.html

 

 

Boucheron

Since its founding by Frederic Boucheron in 1858, the house has created exceptional pieces in the high jewellery, watch and jewellery ranges. Throughout the history of the House of Boucheron, Frederic Boucheron was often a pioneer: he was the first jeweller to open on the Place Vendôme in 1893, he did successful experiments with diamond engraving, and was the precursor of the ?nature? style by using snakes and other symbolic animal figures of 19th century Art Nouveau.

Url: http://www.boucheron.com/

 

Chimento Gioielli

Initiative, intuition, experimentation: with the determination and conviction of those early days, Adriano Chimento still today makes his unique, distinctive mark day after day in the history of Italian-made jewelry.

Url: http://www.chimento.it/

 

 

Fabergé Jewellery   

It took 72 years following the October Revolution before the legend of Fabergé was brought back to life. In 1989 the Fabergé Co., New York, named the Pforzheim jeweler Victor Mayer as the exclusive worldwide workmaster. Since then, it has been producing selective jewels, exclusive egg objects, and Objets d’Art in the tradition of Peter Carl Fabergé. Fabergé offices in London, Paris, and New York City.

Url: http://www.faberge.de/

 

 

Carrera y Carrera   

Twelve decades of glamor and fashion, 120 years of jewels with timeless value and uniquely designed.

Url: http://www.carreraycarrera.com/index2.html

 

 

Graff Diamonds

The House of Graff is synonymous with the most fabulous jewels in the world. The name symbolises rarity, beauty, excellence and, above all, the best quality, craftsmanship and diamonds.

Url: http://www.graffdiamonds.com/flash.php

 

 

Fred

French jeweller since 1936 and a member of the LVHM Group, Fred’s innovative spirit remains in the sales spaces, which are at once lively and luminous, daring and elegant. Since 2002 FRED has opened more than 10 boutiques the world over from London to Paris, via Tokyo.

Url: http://www.fred-paris.com/fred.asp

 

 

Asprey Holdings Ltd.   

Asprey Holdings Ltd., British purveyor of luxury goods since 1781. Well-heeled Asprey is on its own now that it has split from Crown jeweler Garrard. Founded in 1781, Asprey sells alligator handbags and other accessories, including diamond jewelry, watches, and leather and silver goods.

Url: http://www.a-ggroup.com/

 

deBoulle

Over the years the fine designers at deBoulle have created the exquisite deBoulle Collection which can be viewed on their official website.

Url: http://www.deboulle.com/deboulle.shtml

 

 

Balmain   

Balmain creates a new luxury ready to wear collection.

Url: http://www.balmain.com/index_gb.html

 

 

Chris Correia Collection

Color, form, movement, and comfort are the basis for Chris Correia’s approach to design. “I feel privileged to be a designer in today’s jewelry industry. My approach to design is influenced by today’s woman and her varying lifestyle needs. Being a woman in business myself, women’s needs are easy for me to understand.” – Chris Correia

Url: http://www.chriscorreia.com/

 

 

de Grisogono

When he founded de Grisogono SA, Fawaz Gruosi was driven by intuition rather than by any strategy, and he specialized in the creation and sale of designer jewellery and objets d’art.

Url: http://www.degrisogono.com/

 

 

Chopard   

The Dickson Group (International) Limited Company d/b/a/ Chopard. Chopard is a luxury watch, jewelry, and accessories company founded in 1860 by Louis-Ulysse Chopard. Today, the company is well-regarded in the watch-making field for creating luxury watches and mechanical complications. According to Yahoo! Finance, Dickson Concepts (International) Limited Company is a retailer and distributor of luxury goods in Southeast Asia (mostly Hong Kong). Its designer wares include luxury items from names such as Coach, Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, Bulgari, Chopard. Dickson Concepts operates more than 350 stores (some through joint ventures) under various luxury names, as well as three Seibu department stores in Hong Kong. Sales are evenly split between locals and tourists. Group executive chairman Dickson Poon owns 54% of Dickson Concepts. The company announced in July 2006 that it’s buying Tommy Hilfiger’s Asia Pacific unit.

Url: http://www.chopard.com/worldwide/indexfl.html

 

Category: Jewelry, Boutiques

 

Chalk and Vermilion Fine Arts L.L.C. (d/b/a Martin Lawrence Galleries)

Some of Erté’s (Romain De Tirtoff) “Art to Wear collection”, the Russian-born French Art Deco painter and designer, is available through the Martin Lawrence Galleries. Erté?s desire to create jewelry arose from his life-long dedication to beautifying women through the genius of his designs. He envisioned his jewelry as works of art, but unlike works created by other artists, his would be designed to be worn. As a result, he considered these works ‘Art to Wear’.

Url: http://martinlawrence.com/erte-jewelry.html

 

 

Liz Collectible Jewelry   

Liz Collectibles Boutique carries an assortment of vintage, bakelite/plastic, imitation designer jewelry, and “runway jewelry”. Runway jewelry was never made to be sold in stores; it is usually one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces. These are not executed with as fine materials or good workmanship as mass-produced jewelry. They are over-sized so as to be noticed at a distance, often heavy, have a great look but are not perfectly made, and have also seen some wear at fashion shows.

Url: http://www.lizjewel.com/

 

Category: Jewelry, Unique/Handmade

 

Island Bangles   

Southern California jewelry artist Kate Purdy offers unique handmade jewelry, inspired by the beauty and colors of the California coast. Real orchid flowers, seashells, semi-precious stones, pearls, vintage beads, and found objects from Coronado Beaches are used in Island Bangles jewelry to offer a unique fresh approach.

Url: http://www.islandbangles.com/

 

 

Lana Jewelry   

Lana Jewelry, an independent luxury brand, is known for its modern style and individuality. The core of the company is its exquisite handmade fine jewelry, which have been worn by Hollywood elite as well as other women from around the world.

Url: http://www.lanaunlimited.com/default.aspx

 

 

Rumour Jewellers

Rumour Jewellery is online & in London to design your own engagement ring & eternity rings. In addition to wedding jewelry, they offer a lovely selection of vividly colored cocktail rings made with amethyst, iolite, green tourmaline, aquamarine, topaz, peridot, garnet, and/or other gemstones.

Url: http://www.rumouronline.com/default.htm

 

 

Open! Design & Concepts

OPEN! Design bureau was formed in Moscow in 1996. In addition to their specialized work in graphic design, packaging and press advertising, they have also marketed a limited edition series of design products, such as their jewellery collection.

Url: http://opendesign.ru/subject/jewellery/

 

 

Dower & Hall

London-based British designers Dan Dower and Diane Hall design, develop, and fabricate all of their jewelry in their Knightsbridge workshop. After originals are handmade and casted into sterling silver, 18ct gold, or platinum, each item is sent for external assessment and hallmarked by Sheffield assay office. A stamp can be found on all of Dower & Hall pieces to ensure products are high quality.

Url: http://www.dowerandhall.com/dowerandhall2.html

 

 

Gueblin Ateliers AG

Gubelin Ateliers AG specialises in the craft of jewellery making. Not only do highly qualified experts design and manufacture newly crafted of customised jewellery but they also redesign family and/or estate jewellery. Gubelin Ateliers AG also designs and creates the House of Gubelin’s jewellery collections which are exclusively available at Gubelin AG Stores. Many of these creations have won international awards.

Url: http://www.guebelin.ch/

 

 

R.W. Wise Goldsmiths, Inc.

Custom made to order, handmade, antique, estate, & contemporary jewelry as well as rare investment-grade gemstones for sale by designers at R.W. Wise Goldsmiths, Inc.

Url: http://www.rwwise.com/index_content.html

 

 

Gemstone Artist

Gem Cutter John Baily offers natural/untreated certified gemstones, customized gem cutting, one-of-a-kind faceted gems/jewelry, and carved gemstone art. This website also has several nice articles about how a gemstone is cut/facetted and also how to discriminate a garnet from a ruby with the naked eye.

Url: http://www.gemstoneartist.com/Default.asp

 

 

  1. Tillander Jewelry

1860 The Helsinki company of A. Tillander Jewellers was founded by Alexander R. Tillander in St. Petersburg. 1923 to 1957 Oskar Pihl, the son of Fabergé’s Moscow master, was Tillander’s chief designer. Pihl favoured the simple and beautiful gems of Russia and Finland. He prepared a new generation of designers.

Url: http://www.tillander.com/english/uniikki.html#

 

 

Alwand Vahan

Please call them at 800-365-6101 for nearest location. 1983 Alwand moved his factories to larger facilities out of New York and expanded its line in 1995 from earrings to full signature collections, including the successful Moire’, Montage , and the romantic Blanc de Blanc as seen in Town and Country, Luster, In Style and other publications. Sasha states ?I create jewelry like I would a film set: with mood, drama, and my customers wear the jewelry like actresses.

Url: http://www.alwandvahan.com/

 

 

Georg Jensen

Our vision is to be a leading, trend-setting and surprising international luxury goods brand anchored in jewellery and watches.

Url: http://www.georgjensen.com/English/Collections/Jewellery.aspx

 

 

Buccellati

Mario Buccellati at the beginning of the century, Gianmaria Buccellati and Andrea Buccellati today, carry on his design capability, creating a link between past, present, and future.

Url: http://www.buccellati.com/

 

 

Canturi

The Canturi collections are designed with a commitment to timeless modernity. The intention behind each design is to transcend time with a distinct, unique and luxurious style. It is the designer’s hope that each Canturi piece will be treasured always.

Url: http://www.canturi.com/main.html

 

Bianca Lopez Fine Jewelry   

New York City-based designer Bianca Lopez formed her company on the concept of developing contemporary designs using ancient technique.

Url: http://www.biancalopez.com/

 

 

Gavello

Gavello is a young and dynamic organizational knit, constantly attentive to the research and the development of quality production and of trends, where often it is a leader in its own sector.

Url: http://www.gavello.net/

 

 

Graff Diamonds

The House of Graff is synonymous with the most fabulous jewels in the world. The name symbolises rarity, beauty, excellence and, above all, the best quality, craftsmanship and diamonds.

Url: http://www.graffdiamonds.com/flash.php

 

 

Diana Vincent

For over twenty years Diana Vincent has attracted the attention of jewelry connoisseurs and collectors who have faithfully passed on the word of her astonishing design abilities and impeccable craftsmanship.

Url: http://www.dianavincent.com/index.html

 

 

deBoulle

Over the years the fine designers at deBoulle have created the exquisite deBoulle Collection which can be viewed on their official website.

Url: http://www.deboulle.com/deboulle.shtml

 

 

Chris Correia Collection

Color, form, movement, and comfort are the basis for Chris Correia’s approach to design. “I feel privileged to be a designer in today’s jewelry industry. My approach to design is influenced by today’s woman and her varying lifestyle needs. Being a woman in business myself, women’s needs are easy for me to understand.” – Chris Correia

Url: http://www.chriscorreia.com/

 

Category: Jewelry, Antique/Estate

 

Wartski

Wartski is a family owned firm of art and antique dealers, specialising in fine jewelry, gold boxes and works by Fabergé. The firm has sponsored and supported academic research evidenced by their many members publications. They also have contributed to jewelry education by way of jewelry exhibitions, either on their premises or loaning pieces to museums/collections open to the public. Recommended!

Url: http://www.wartski.com/

 

 

Rosy Comensoli

Rosy Comensoli Kubal specializes in antique and authentic jewelry from India, Southeast and Central Asia and Africa.

Url: http://ethnicjewelryandart.com/index.html

 

 

Old Beads.com   

A former bead store proprietor specializes in the tribal beads and jewelry. Although we are unable to verify the items on the website as authentic, the collection as a whole is diverse and and filled with fun pieces to browse through and admire.

Url: http://www.oldbeads.com/contents.html

 

 

Chalk and Vermilion Fine Arts L.L.C. (d/b/a Martin Lawrence Galleries)

Some of Erté’s (Romain De Tirtoff) “Art to Wear collection”, the Russian-born French Art Deco painter and designer, is available through the Martin Lawrence Galleries. Erté?s desire to create jewelry arose from his life-long dedication to beautifying women through the genius of his designs. He envisioned his jewelry as works of art, but unlike works created by other artists, his would be designed to be worn. As a result, he considered these works ‘Art to Wear’.

Url: http://martinlawrence.com/erte-jewelry.html

 

 

Time Dances By

Lovely website featuring antique mourning, victorian, bakelight & plastic, cameo, and Native American Jewelry. Also included is an online museum of pieces that have been sold.

Url: http://www.timedancesby.com/victorianmuseum.htm

 

The Center for Jewelry Studies

The Center for Jewelry Studies is dedicated to the dissemination of information on the history, identification, and marketing of antique, period, and vintage jewelry. Programs are designed to supplement the careers of those in jewelry-related fields – including dealers, appraisers, jewelers and gemologists – as well as enhance the enjoyment of collectors, heirs, and jewelry lovers.

Url: http://www.center4jewelrystudies.org/index.html

 

 

The Antique Jewelry Exchange   

Family owned & operated, Antique Jewelry Exchange Online Shop, features over 2000 pieces of antique and vintage jewels.

Url: http://www.antiquejewelryexch.com/

 

 

Gueblin Ateliers AG   

Gubelin Ateliers AG specialises in the craft of jewellery making. Not only do highly qualified experts design and manufacture newly crafted of customised jewellery but they also redesign family and/or estate jewellery. Gubelin Ateliers AG also designs and creates the House of Gubelin’s jewellery collections which are exclusively available at Gubelin AG Stores. Many of these creations have won international awards.

Url: http://www.guebelin.ch/

 

 

R.W. Wise Goldsmiths, Inc.

Custom made to order, handmade, antique, estate, & contemporary jewelry as well as rare investment-grade gemstones for sale by designers at R.W. Wise Goldsmiths, Inc.

Url: http://www.rwwise.com/index_content.html

 

Hancock & Co. Ltd.   

Hancocks was founded in 1849 and is one of London’s oldest and finest established specialist dealers buying and selling outstanding antique and collectors jewels and silver. In addition to exquisite pieces, this website also provides ‘brief key facts’ from biographies for all famous past and present jewelry designers on the site. In 1962 the Company was granted the Royal Warrant as Goldsmiths and Silversmiths to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, an honour they still hold today.

Url: http://www.hancocks-london.com/acatalog/biographies.htm#

 

Category: Jewelry, Pearl Jewelry

 

King’s Randsom (Betty Sue King, the Pearl Goddess & More)   

Betty Sue King works closely with designers, suppliers, manufacturers and retailers who create innovative and unique jewelry with pearls and gemstones. She travels to Asia three times a year to obtain the remarkable cultured pearls her clients have come to expect and for which she is so well known. Recommended!

Url: http://pearlgoddess.com/pearls/default.asp

 

 

Imperial-Deltah (The Bazar Group)   

The company, Deltah began in 1893 when M.J. Karpeles established America’s oldest firm specializing in fine simulated pearl jewelry. This business started producing and selling find quality simulated pearls and pearl jewelry to retailers. Imperial which was founded by Joseph Gladstone in 1917 at a time of increased growth for the pearl industry, began operating in Chicago. This particular business specialized in importing and selling Japanese Cultures Pearls. Imperial became among the first to bring the valued Akoya pearls to the United States from Japan. On June 1, 1995, Imperial Pearl Syndicate and Pearls by Deltah were merged to form Imperial-Deltah, Inc. The merger created a consolidated business that is now one of the world’s leading pearl companies servicing what is perhaps the broadest customer base in the industry. Recommended!

Url: http://www.pearls.com/home/index.asp

 

 

Pearl Perspectives Publication (Imperial-Deltah & the Bazar Group)   

Online newsletter that features pearl market trends, travel information, special buys, and education.

Url: http://www.pearls.com/home/Content.asp?w=pages&r=64&pid=68

 

Category: Jewelry, Baby/Childrens Jewelry

 

Amelia

Fine jewelry for children made in 18 Kt Gold because of the higher purity to avoid infections and allergies. Playfulness is added with exacting styles and vibrant enamel colors. Recommended!

Url: http://www.lazahav.com/

 

 

HeartSmith Children’s Jewelry   

Heartsmith Jewelry carries more than just lockets and children’s jewelry. They also feature beautiful sterling silver baby cups and spoons, sterling silver rattles, as well as charming tooth-fairy keepsake tooth-holders, perfect for making dreams as children and for reminiscing over once adulthood has been reached.

Url: http://www.heartsmith.com/jmp_collections.html

Category: Jewelry, Men’s Jewelry

 

Gueblin Ateliers AG   

Gubelin Ateliers AG specialises in the craft of jewellery making. Not only do highly qualified experts design and manufacture newly crafted of customised jewellery but they also redesign family and/or estate jewellery. Gubelin Ateliers AG also designs and creates the House of Gubelin’s jewellery collections which are exclusively available at Gubelin AG Stores. Many of these creations have won international awards.

Url: http://www.guebelin.ch/

 

 

Georg Jensen

Our vision is to be a leading, trend-setting and surprising international luxury goods brand anchored in jewellery and watches.

Url: http://www.georgjensen.com/English/Collections/Jewellery.aspx

 

 

Di Modolo

The year 2000 marked the launch of Di MODOLO, a luxury jewelry brand offering an array of 18K white and yellow gold, diamonds, and precious gemstone creations masterfully designed by Dino Modolo. They have two locations, Milan and New York City.

Url: http://www.dimodolousa.com/

 

 

Canturi

The Canturi collections are designed with a commitment to timeless modernity. The intention behind each design is to transcend time with a distinct, unique and luxurious style. It is the designer’s hope that each Canturi piece will be treasured always.

Url: http://www.canturi.com/main.html

 

 

Chimento Gioielli

Initiative, intuition, experimentation: with the determination and conviction of those early days, Adriano Chimento still today makes his unique, distinctive mark day after day in the history of Italian-made jewelry.

Url: http://www.chimento.it/

 

 

Fabergé Jewellery   

It took 72 years following the October Revolution before the legend of Fabergé was brought back to life. In 1989 the Fabergé Co., New York, named the Pforzheim jeweler Victor Mayer as the exclusive worldwide workmaster. Since then, it has been producing selective jewels, exclusive egg objects, and Objets d’Art in the tradition of Peter Carl Fabergé. Fabergé offices in London, Paris, and New York City.

Url: http://www.faberge.de/

 

 

Carrera y Carrera   

Twelve decades of glamor and fashion, 120 years of jewels with timeless value and uniquely designed.

Url: http://www.carreraycarrera.com/index2.html

 

 

Dior

Discover the latest Christian Dior fine jewelry collections created by Victoire de Castellane.

Url: http://www.diorjoaillerie.com/jewelry.html

 

 

deBoulle

Over the years the fine designers at deBoulle have created the exquisite deBoulle Collection which can be viewed on their official website.

Url: http://www.deboulle.com/deboulle.shtml

 

 

Cartier

Cartier SA, famous jeweller and watch manufacturer, is a subsidiary (Vendôme Group) of Compagnie Financière Richemont SA. The creator of the women’s wristwatch (in 1888) also made the first wristwatch with a leather strap — for a Brazilian aviator in 1904. Now a global symbol of cosmopolitan fashion and fortune, the glittering Cartier trademark bedecks jewelry, clocks, watches, perfume, leather goods, apparel, and accessories. Nearly three-fourths of sales come from jewelry and watches. Cartier baubles and beads are distributed worldwide through more than 220 Cartier boutiques and through licensees and retail concessions.

Url: http://www.cartier.com/

 

 

Bulgari

Italian jeweler and luxury goods retailer Bulgari (“BVLGARI”) is named for its founder, Italian Greek emigrant Sotirios Bulgari (???????? ?????????). According to Yahoo! Finance, Dickson Concepts (International) Limited Company is a retailer and distributor of luxury goods in Southeast Asia (mostly Hong Kong). Its designer wares include luxury items from names such as Coach, Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, Bulgari, Chopard. Dickson Concepts operates more than 350 stores (some through joint ventures) under various luxury names, as well as three Seibu department stores in Hong Kong. Sales are evenly split between locals and tourists. Group executive chairman Dickson Poon owns 54% of Dickson Concepts. The company announced in July 2006 that it’s buying Tommy Hilfiger’s Asia Pacific unit.

Url: http://www.bulgari.com/splash.php

 

 

Chopard   

The Dickson Group (International) Limited Company d/b/a/ Chopard. Chopard is a luxury watch, jewelry, and accessories company founded in 1860 by Louis-Ulysse Chopard. Today, the company is well-regarded in the watch-making field for creating luxury watches and mechanical complications. According to Yahoo! Finance, Dickson Concepts (International) Limited Company is a retailer and distributor of luxury goods in Southeast Asia (mostly Hong Kong). Its designer wares include luxury items from names such as Coach, Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, Bulgari, Chopard. Dickson Concepts operates more than 350 stores (some through joint ventures) under various luxury names, as well as three Seibu department stores in Hong Kong. Sales are evenly split between locals and tourists. Group executive chairman Dickson Poon owns 54% of Dickson Concepts. The company announced in July 2006 that it’s buying Tommy Hilfiger’s Asia Pacific unit.

Url: http://www.chopard.com/worldwide/indexfl.html

 

Category: Jewelry, Watches

 

Blancpain Fine Timepieces   

Blancpain has practiced the art of traditional watchmaking by mastering every complication, by refusing ever to manufacture a quartz watch, and by expressing time only in the shape of a circle. At Blancpain, thirteen generations of watchmakers have passed down their creativity and expertise for more than 250 years. This heritage is also an integral part of every Blancpain timepiece, making it a precious object to be passed down from generation to generation.

Url: http://www.blancpain.ch/e/home

 

 

Saint Honoré Paris   

Saint Honore watches are luxurious yet affordable, and some models have won awards for their original beauty – the Opera watch, which won the 1993 Design Grand Prize and the 1994 First Fashion Award at the Jewellers of America Show in New York, or the Manhattan Chronograph, which won First Prize in the Luxury Fashion Watch Category, again at the 1995 Jewellers of America Show in New York. They are destined to become tomorrow’s classics.

Url: http://www.saint-honore-paris.com/

 

 

Yes Watch   

YES World Watches combine the daily and seasonal cycles of the sun and the moon, with the steady beat of hours, minutes and seconds. Their watches will tell you times for sunrise and sunset, for moonrise and moonset, lunar phase and percent illumination, as well as analog, digital and military time for wherever you are on the planet.

Url: http://www.yeswatch.com/wrist-watch/timekeeper/index.html

 

Reuge SA   

Reuge SA, based in Sainte-Croix in the Canton of Vaud, is famous for its musical pocket watches as well as large movement musical boxes, singing birds, and automata.

Url: http://www.reuge.com/index.php?cPath=43&option=com_oscommerce&osMod=index&osCsid=5543cc4dfd0705b44094a32efbaab13

 

 

Emile Pequignet   

French traditional watch maker.

Url: http://www.emile-pequignet.com/

 

 

Svend Andersen   

Svend Andersen, co-founder with Vincent Calabrese of the AHCI in 1985, has done more than most to keep watchmaking alive as an art in an era ruled by the dead hand of the brands. Andersen, like Calabrese, is one of those natural mechanical geniuses for whom anything is possible. Born in 1942 to a Danish smallholder, Andersen was apprenticed to a watchmaker in Padborg on the border with Germany (most of the work consisted of replacing broken balance-staffs of pre-Incabloc watches), and gained his watchmaking diploma at the Royal Danish Technical Institute. Designs are quite unique.

Url: http://www.andersen-geneve.ch/

 

 

Chronoswiss

Chronoswiss is a German watch manufacturer based in Munich. The company was founded by Gerd R. Lang in 1983 with the mission to make the most extraordinary mechanic timepieces. Chronoswiss tries to stay exclusive by only producing about 7,000 watches per year. Though a German company, every component is produced in Switzerland and then the watches are hand-finished.

Url: http://www.chronoswiss.com/start.html

 

 

Bonspeed’s Bonneville Sports Watches

Swiss made sport watches.

Url: http://www.bonnevilleworldwide.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=BSS&Category_Code=Watches-07

 

 

Accurate (Accutime Ltd.)   

In 1989, Accurate Watches were introduced in Bienne, Switzerland. The company had decided that although profits were important, it would focus on producing fine Swiss-made watches to sell at prices that would encourage retail customers to wear a Swiss watch because it was affordable. The correctness of the decision was reinforced when the ?USA Today? published a survey on attitudes about purchasing Swiss watches. Watches made in Switzerland, the survey reported, are considered: “high quality,” “fashionable,” “expensive,” ” status,” and “want friends to see.”

Url: http://www.accuratewatch.com/

 

 

Gueblin Ateliers AG   

Gubelin Ateliers AG specialises in the craft of jewellery making. Not only do highly qualified experts design and manufacture newly crafted of customised jewellery but they also redesign family and/or estate jewellery. Gubelin Ateliers AG also designs and creates the House of Gubelin’s jewellery collections which are exclusively available at Gubelin AG Stores. Many of these creations have won international awards.

Url: http://www.guebelin.ch/

 

Category: Jewelry, Lifestyle

 

J A Sharp Custom Jeweler   

Gay-owned, JA Sharp Jewelers designer Jude particularly enjoys making commitment rings and gifts for you to give. They have an online selection of custom-designed pride jewelry or contact Jude to create a one-of-a-kind piece. Jude and her partner Sylvia welcome calls and e-mails.

Url: http://www.pridejewelry.com/

 

 

KB Designs   

KB Designs offers handcrafted pride jewelry, commitment rings, and diamond bands. Custom orders are accepted.

Url: http://www.kbdesigns.org/

 

 

Devoted Partners   

The creators of “Devoted Partners” Gay Pride Jewelry line, Marty and this is my wife Lucille, have been in the jewelry business for more than 50 years. They owned Kron Jewelers in Freeport, NY from 1971 to 2002. In addition to “Devoted Partners”, they have a new auction website, www.JewelHouseAuctions.com.

Url: http://www.devotedpartners.com/

 

 

Jewelry By Ponce   

JBP has been crafting fine jewelry for not only their store, but also for more than 200 gay and lesbian owned (or “friendly”) stores around the world since 1983.

Url: http://www.jewelrybyponce.com/

 

 

Love and Pride   

Love and Pride Israeli founder, Udi Behr, designs jewelry for the lesbian and gay community.

Url: http://www.loveandpride.com/

 

Category: Jewelry, Body Jewelry

 

Tribalectic   

Tribalectic’s has a vast assortment of body piercing jewelry. Their jewelry is sterilized & sent in medical grade Crosstex® sealed pouches (once the pouches have been opened, they can no longer guarantee sterility). The website also contains information on healing/aftercare for piercing, an online magazine, picture gallery, forums/personal experiences section, custom ordering, and other body piercing related topics and supplies.

Url: http://www.tribalectic.com/Home.asp

 

 

BodyTeaser   

A diverse and sexy collection of different & unique types of body jewelry (including armlets, leg jewelry, anklets, tikka head pieces, etc.).

Url: http://bodyteaser.com/

 

 

My Belly Button Ring

All types of belly button rings (including gold, silver, steel and titanium).

Url: http://www.my-belly-button-ring.com/

 

 

Painful Pleasures   

An incredible selection of body jewelry offered for sale (retail, wholesale, or distributor). Also included on their site is a blog, “BOD MOD” piercing photo gallery, and body jewelry information.

Url: http://painfulpleasures.com/xcart/customer/tabs.php?bodyjewlery

 

 

The Chain Gang   

Online jeweler that specializes in body jewelry.

Url: http://www.thechaingang.com/index.php

 

Category: Jewelry, Jewelry for Pets

 

Fancy Bones   

Fancy Bones, the exclusive line of dog id tags, sells jewelry for people who truly love their dogs as well as gifts for all pet lovers. Recommended!

Url: http://www.fancybones.com/home.htm

 

 

Doggie Designer   

Doggie Designer started out as a retailer in Seal Beach, California selling dog accessories. After closing their store fronts, they moved online and are now wholesalers & drop shippers of the same line of products, including dog jewelry.

Url: http://www.doggiedesigner.com/accessories/accessories.htm

 

 

Big Paw Designs   

Big Paw Designs carries a cute line of pearl necklaces for your pet dog or cat.

Url: http://store.bigpawdesigns.com/petnecklaces.html

 

 

Brass Paw   

Brass Paw sells ID tags & jewelry for dogs.

Url: http://www.brasspaw.com/

 

 

Max & Margot   

Max and Margot Dog Company Ltd. carries a small amount of ID tags & collar charms for dogs.

Url: http://www.maxandmargot.co.uk/default.asp

 

 

Pampered Puppy   

Pampered Media Corporation (“Pampered Puppy”) sells tiaras, necklaces, charms, and ID tags for dogs.

Url: http://www.pamperedpuppy.com/shopping/jewelry/tiaras/index.php

 

Category: Jewelry, Precious Metals

 

Ganoksin (Thailand)

Ganoksin is dedicated to serve the information needs of the world’s jewelers. Their mission is to educate, improve working conditions and facilitate sharing between goldsmiths globally. They have a forum (entitled “Orchid”), online galleries, jewelry making articles, etc.

Url: http://www.ganoksin.com/

 

 

Marco Bicego   

Marco Bicego and his team transforms the luxurious element, GOLD, into multi-textured, spirals, or hand-engraved beads.

Url: http://www.marcobicego.com/

 

 

Dower & Hall   

London-based British designers Dan Dower and Diane Hall design, develop, and fabricate all of their jewelry in their Knightsbridge workshop. After originals are handmade and casted into sterling silver, 18ct gold, or platinum, each item is sent for external assessment and hallmarked by Sheffield assay office. A stamp can be found on all of Dower & Hall pieces to ensure products are high quality.

Url: http://www.dowerandhall.com/dowerandhall2.html

 

 

Dima Rashid

Designer-jeweller Dima Rashid is turning towards an all good look. She fuses ancient and modern worlds whilst following traditional technique in metal work from one of Eqypt’s longest standing gold workshops.

Url: http://dimajewellery.com/dima/dima.swf

 

Category: Jewelry, Art of Jewelry Making

 

Jewelry Making Professor   

Eri Attebery’s promotional website for her step-by-step videos on how to make beaded or wire jewelry. In addition to her DVDs, other items including jewelry making kits, tools & supplies, and finished jewelry are available for sale.

Url: http://www.jewelrymakingprofessor.com/

 

 

AIA Jewelry Making   

Anne Helmenstine’s “AIA Jewelry Making” website devoted to information about making jewelry. It contains free jewelry patterns and jewelry making projects.

Url: http://jewelrymaking.allinfoabout.com/

 

 

Ganoksin (Thailand)

Ganoksin is dedicated to serve the information needs of the world’s jewelers. Their mission is to educate, improve working conditions and facilitate sharing between goldsmiths globally. They have a forum (entitled “Orchid”), online galleries, jewelry making articles, etc.

Url: http://www.ganoksin.com/

 

 

The Purist.com Interview with CEO of Chopard   

For those who are familiar with the watch industry, Mr. Karl Scheufele, the President of Chopard SA needs no introduction; he is a humble and a quiet man who shies away from the media limelight. In this interview he gives an insight in the strategy and policies of one of the last few family-owned high-end watch designers in the world.

Url: http://www.thepurists.com/watch/features/interviews/sheufeleknov02/index.html

 

 

Miami International University of Art and Design   

Miami International University of Art & Design is one of The Art Institutes with 35 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals. They offer an Associate of Arts Degree in Accessory Design (including jewelry).

Url: http://www.artinstitutes.edu/miami/programdegrees.asp?pid=168&dtid=12

 

 

Santa Ana College   

Santa Ana College offers several classes in Jewelry Design and Gemology.

Url: http://www.sac.edu/degrees/sac/Art.htm

 

 

University of Kansas, School of Fine Arts

Full Bachelor (B.A. & B.F.A) and Master degree (M.F.A) in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design. A variety of studio design courses are offered, including jewelry design, holloware, enameling, rendering, professional practices, gemology and historical seminars. Students may choose an elective or major course of study.

Url: http://www2.ku.edu/~sfa/dsgn/metalsandjewelry/#mfa

 

 

Ferris State University – Kendall College of Art and Design   

B.F.A. in Metals & Jewelry Design. They offer dozens of courses in jewelry design, goldsmithing, etc. Students in their B.F.A program in Metals & Jewelry Design create wearable and functional art using tin, bronze, copper, nickel, silver, and gold, as well as modern materials like plastics and stainless steel.

Url: http://www.kcad.edu/kcad/courses/index.php?aud=prospective&action=subject_search&subject_abbrev=MJ&PHPSESSID=be07936a39743dab144b765cd911ab11

 

Category: Theme Jewelry, Australian/Aboriginal

 

New Zealand Jewellery by Paula Martin   

Sterling silver jewellery made in the shape of or with New Zealand cultural designs. All jewellery is hand made (no casts used) and created by artist Paula Martin. She also gives a brief history (located under “design history”) of the shapes used per piece when applicable.

Url: http://www.nzjewellery.co.nz/jewellery/index2.html

 

 

Handcrafts (N.Z.) Ltd.   

Maori-inspired jewellery from New Zealand. They have a nice assortment of bone carving pendants, jade pendants, bone carvings with paua inlay, different type of earrings (koru-shaped, paua with sterling silver, etc.), and sterling silver pendants (tiki, kowhaiwhai, koru, etc.), and rings. Many of their products are individually handcrafted, each one is unique and in some cases only available in limited numbers.

Url: http://www.handcrafts.co.nz/index.html

 

 

The Saltwater Collection   

The Saltwater Collection is a collective of 12 Australian Indigenous Visual Artists and craftsmakers who live and work in Far North Queensland, Australia. They have been involved in the making of fine art for many years Each having an individual style that is a reflection of their cultural heritage, their inner self and spirit,displaying a wide diversity of both contemporary and traditional designs.

Url: http://www.saltwatercollection.com/catalog/index.php

 

Category: Theme Jewelry, African

 

Rosy Comensoli

Rosy Comensoli Kubal specializes in antique and authentic jewelry from India, Southeast and Central Asia and Africa.

Url: http://ethnicjewelryandart.com/index.html

 

 

Art Bijoux Touareg by Abdou   

Handmade Senegalese (taureg) artisan jewelry.

Url: http://www.art-bijoux-touareg.com/

 

 

Trilogy Jewellers   

Trilogy has been in operation for 8 years supplying and manufacturing jewellery and gifts to the trade and retail stores. The company (previously Sweet Thorn Studios) specialises in African Jewellery, corporate gifts and collectables. They offer an assortment of jewellery shaped as African masks, African animals, Bushman, and ethic African designs. Other styles listed on the website include Celtic, Rune, Asian and some classical designs.

Url: http://www.africangold.co.za/African.htm

 

 

African Crafts Market

African Crafts Market is based in Richards Bay, along the coast from Durban in KwaZulu Natal, which is where you will find the Zulu tribes people. They have a nice assortment of handcrafted Zulu beaded, stone, wood, and other types of jewelry for sale.

Url: http://www.africancraftsmarket.com/Jewelry.htm

 

Category: Theme Jewelry, Asian

 

Rosy Comensoli

Rosy Comensoli Kubal specializes in antique and authentic jewelry from India, Southeast and Central Asia and Africa.

Url: http://ethnicjewelryandart.com/index.html

 

 

Zoein Jewels by Shunyata   

Shunyata, an American national who has lived in Bali for over two decades, has studied Hinduism in depth and understands the intricacies of Balinese spatial layout and religious symbolism. He incorporates his experience and creativity in his jewelry designs as well as provides great descriptions for each piece.

Url: http://www.zoeinjewels.com/index.htm

 

Category: Theme Jewelry, Gulf Region/Islamic

 

Dima Rashid   

Designer-jeweller Dima Rashid is turning towards an all good look. She fuses ancient and modern worlds whilst following traditional technique in metal work from one of Eqypt’s longest standing gold workshops.

Url: http://dimajewellery.com/dima/dima.swf

 

Category: Theme Jewelry, India

 

Rosy Comensoli

Rosy Comensoli Kubal specializes in antique and authentic jewelry from India, Southeast and Central Asia and Africa.

Url: http://ethnicjewelryandart.com/index.html

 

Category: Theme Jewelry, Americas/Indian

 

Island Bangles   

Southern California jewelry artist Kate Purdy offers unique handmade jewelry, inspired by the beauty and colors of the California coast. Real orchid flowers, seashells, semi-precious stones, pearls, vintage beads, and found objects from Coronado Beaches are used in Island Bangles jewelry to offer a unique fresh approach.

Url: http://www.islandbangles.com/

 

 

Time Dances By

Lovely website featuring antique mourning, victorian, bakelight & plastic, cameo, and Native American Jewelry. Also included is an online museum of pieces that have been sold.

Url: http://www.timedancesby.com/victorianmuseum.htm

 

Category: Theme Jewelry, Animal
Fancy Bones   

Fancy Bones, the exclusive line of dog id tags, sells jewelry for people who truly love their dogs as well as gifts for all pet lovers. Recommended!

Url: http://www.fancybones.com/home.htm

 

 

Jamie’s Animal Jewelry   

Jamie Greenebaum, designer and owner JamiesAnimalJewelry.com, designs and makes various types of real and fictitious animals or creatures. Some examples include dogs, wolves, eagles, dolphins, fish, whales, sea turtles, seahorses, starfish, spiders, unicorns, pegasus, butterflies, dragonflies, elephants, bears, and mermaids.

Url: http://www.jamiesanimaljewelry.com/

 

The Magic Zoo   

Merry Rosenfield, owner and artist of The Magic Zoo, creates animal jewelry in sterling silver, gold, and pewter. Her unique designs include birds, bugs, cats, dogs, farm animals, horses, marine animals, reptiles, small pets, and wildlife. Also included on her site are 2 professions (Veterinary & Dental) as well as theme jewelry such as Patriotic (donkey & elephant jewelry) and holidays, e.g. Halloween (bats) and Easter (bunnies & rabbits).

Url: http://www.themagiczoo.com/default.aspx

 

Category: Theme Jewelry, Celtic

 

Urweg   

Urweg Nordic Tribal Jewelry is an international supplier to reenactors, collectors, galleries and theater groups. They strive to share their heritage and it’s history through the artistry of this unique handiwork. Offering a vast collection of traditional and historical designs, taken from Artifacts & Antiquities from a variety of Cultures including the Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Picts, Celts, Rus, Saami, Finns, Scythian and Magyar.

Url: http://www.urweg.com/list/necklaces.html

 

Category: Theme Jewelry, Equestrian

 

Show Stable Artisans

Show Stable Artisans, The Equestrian Jeweler, was started in 1995 by two friends who shared a love for horses and jewelry, Kim Kolloff and Alison Greene. They strive to get great artisans who create fine pieces of equestrian or equestrian-lifestyle jewelry. Also included on the site is an “Antique & Estate” Equestrian section which features some nice vintage equestrian-related pieces.

Url: http://www.equestrianjewelry.com/

 

Category: Theme Jewelry, Gothic

 

Gavello

Gavello is a young and dynamic organizational knit, constantly attentive to the research and the development of quality production and of trends, where often it is a leader in its own sector.

Url: http://www.gavello.net/

 

Category: Theme Jewelry, Museum/Replica

 

Jewels of the Romanovs   

Beautiful images and jewelry of the Romanovs. The online exhibit followed a “real” exhibit in 1996 and 1997 in the USA. Recommended!

Url: http://www.alexanderpalace.org/jewels/index.html

 

 

Urweg   

Urweg Nordic Tribal Jewelry is an international supplier to reenactors, collectors, galleries and theater groups. They strive to share their heritage and it’s history through the artistry of this unique handiwork. Offering a vast collection of traditional and historical designs, taken from Artifacts & Antiquities from a variety of Cultures including the Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Picts, Celts, Rus, Saami, Finns, Scythian and Magyar.

Url: http://www.urweg.com/list/necklaces.html

 

 

The Museum Store

The Museum Company Store has over 500 historical and classical pieces of jewelry for sale. Many of the items offered have information about the country, period in time, and museum where original piece is housed in the description.

Url: http://museumstorecompany.com/index.php?manufacturers_id=2&osCsid=21b21921d352ef7347430034f3fbe171

 

Category: Theme Jewelry, Nautical

 

Island Bangles   

Southern California jewelry artist Kate Purdy offers unique handmade jewelry, inspired by the beauty and colors of the California coast. Real orchid flowers, seashells, semi-precious stones, pearls, vintage beads, and found objects from Coronado Beaches are used in Island Bangles jewelry to offer a unique fresh approach.

Url: http://www.islandbangles.com/

 

Category: Theme Jewelry, Patriotic

 

The Magic Zoo   

Merry Rosenfield, owner and artist of The Magic Zoo, creates animal jewelry in sterling silver, gold, and pewter. Her unique designs include birds, bugs, cats, dogs, farm animals, horses, marine animals, reptiles, small pets, and wildlife. Also included on her site are 2 professions (Veterinary & Dental) as well as theme jewelry such as Patriotic (donkey & elephant jewelry) and holidays, e.g. Halloween (bats) and Easter (bunnies & rabbits).

Url: http://www.themagiczoo.com/default.aspx

 

Category: Theme Jewelry, Professions

 

The Magic Zoo   

Merry Rosenfield, owner and artist of The Magic Zoo, creates animal jewelry in sterling silver, gold, and pewter. Her unique designs include birds, bugs, cats, dogs, farm animals, horses, marine animals, reptiles, small pets, and wildlife. Also included on her site are 2 professions (Veterinary & Dental) as well as theme jewelry such as Patriotic (donkey & elephant jewelry) and holidays, e.g. Halloween (bats) and Easter (bunnies & rabbits).

Url: http://www.themagiczoo.com/default.aspx

 

 

Category: Gemstones, Gem Education

 

King’s Randsom (Betty Sue King, the Pearl Goddess & More)   

Betty Sue King works closely with designers, suppliers, manufacturers and retailers who create innovative and unique jewelry with pearls and gemstones. She travels to Asia three times a year to obtain the remarkable cultured pearls her clients have come to expect and for which she is so well known. Recommended!

Url: http://pearlgoddess.com/pearls/default.asp

 

Imperial-Deltah (The Bazar Group)   

The company, Deltah began in 1893 when M.J. Karpeles established America’s oldest firm specializing in fine simulated pearl jewelry. This business started producing and selling find quality simulated pearls and pearl jewelry to retailers. Imperial which was founded by Joseph Gladstone in 1917 at a time of increased growth for the pearl industry, began operating in Chicago. This particular business specialized in importing and selling Japanese Cultures Pearls. Imperial became among the first to bring the valued Akoya pearls to the United States from Japan. On June 1, 1995, Imperial Pearl Syndicate and Pearls by Deltah were merged to form Imperial-Deltah, Inc. The merger created a consolidated business that is now one of the world’s leading pearl companies servicing what is perhaps the broadest customer base in the industry. Recommended!

Url: http://www.pearls.com/home/index.asp

 

 

Alchemy texts

Many of the old lapidaries (writers who wrote about gemstones) attributed different spiritual and medical properties to different stones. The site has many texts even from before the 16th century. Great resource in addition to our library of old books.

Url: http://levity.com/alchemy/texts.html

 

 

NOVA (PBS) – The Diamond Deception

NOVA’s website accompanying their 2001 broadcast on Diamonds. Articles include those of well known authors and gemologists in the field.

Url: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/diamond/

 

 

NOVA Online (PBS) – Pearls   

NOVA’s companion web site for its documentary “The Perfect Pearl”, broadcasted on March 27, 2007. This website offers information about the history of pearls, problems pearls face today, transcripts, teacher’s guides, and other resources (e.g. article by known gem expert and author Fred Ward).

Url: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pearl/

 

 

Heat Treatment & Chemical Additives make stones look like Rare Gems   

ACS (American Chemical Society) cover story (article by Amanda Yarnell) on how heat treatment and chemical additives can make mundane stones look they are exclusive fancy/colored/rare diamonds/gems. A MUST READ before purchasing diamonds or gemstones!

Url: http://pubs.acs.org/cen/coverstory/8205/print/8205diamondsbox1.html

 

 

Gem Chem 1: Linking Gemology and Chemistry   

Article by Rachel Petkewich. What does a Gemologist need these days, since treatments of gemstones have become so sophisticated. As a consumer, what would you expect your jewelry expert (jeweler, gemologist) to know as a guarantee for what you are buying ?

Url: http://www.chemistry.org/portal/a/c/s/1/feature_ent.html?id=cd3c0dd23a0811d7ff4a6ed9fe800100

 

 

Gem Chem 2: Under the Surface of a Sapphire   

Article by Rachel Petkewich. As gemstone treatments become more complex, will the lab replace the loupe? This article provides more insight of what it takes to analyze a gem such as a sapphire these days. How does this reflect on the jewelry you buy and should you demand more from the person who sells it to you ?

Url: http://www.chemistry.org/portal/a/c/s/1/feature_ent.html?id=eed589983ace11d7e9676ed9fe800100

 

 

Gemstone Artist

Gem Cutter John Baily offers natural/untreated certified gemstones, customized gem cutting, one-of-a-kind faceted gems/jewelry, and carved gemstone art. This website also has several nice articles about how a gemstone is cut/facetted and also how to discriminate a garnet from a ruby with the naked eye.

Url: http://www.gemstoneartist.com/Default.asp

 

 

Calculator for Estimating Carat Weights of Gemstones and Diamonds

Extensive calculator for estimating weight of gems and diamonds which are already set in jewelry. You need to take pretty exact measurements and know the type of cut as well as the depth of the stone which can be difficult to measure if the stone is already set. Still quite an interesting tool.

Url: http://www.asia-gems.com/gemstone-weight-calculator.php

 

 

National Gemstone   

Gem dealer with additional information on investments, gem trends, price lists, and a gemstone forecaster newsletter.

Url: http://www.preciousgemstones.com/

 

 

Ruby Sapphire.com

The private website of Richard Hughes containing dozens of articles on rubies, sapphires, and the mining areas where they are found. Richard Hughes, a gemologist working at the AGTA-GTC gem lab, is considered one of the best experts in the world on rubies and sapphires.

Url: http://www.ruby-sapphire.com/home.htm

 

 

Use of Gemstones in Fraudulent Investment Schemes

Website & book providing inform to the public, along with law enforcement personnel, justice officials and victim support groups on the workings and scope of telemarketing and investment fraud so that efforts can effectively be taken to minimize the impact on its victims and ensure that adequate penalties are in place to deter the perpetrators. This link is dedicated to informing “… more conservative victims are swayed to purchase long-term assets they can physically touch, such as GEMSTONES, which are considered more valuable and understandable to them, compared to the complexity of paper instruments like stocks and bonds.”

Url: http://www.crimes-of-persuasion.com/Crimes/Telemarketing/Outbound/Major/Investments/gemstones.htm

 

 

University of Texas Austin – Professor Mark Helper   

Professor Mark Helper’s site on “Gems and Gem Minerals” & the material/information for class GEO 347K. Each of his gem summaries is divided into several sections. After a brief introduction that defines precisely what the gem is and the gemological names that are used to describe it, the physical and optical properties useful for identification are given. (*note* for mineralogy and petrology courses look under those sujects or click to Geology homepage for the link we have given here).

Url: http://www.geo.utexas.edu/courses/347k/redesign/objectives.htm

 

 

Senior Lecturer (UT Austin) – Gem Notes for Accompanying Lecture   

Nice explanation of basics in gemology and easy to understand for most interested lay people. Each of the gem summaries is divided into several sections. After a brief introduction that defines precisely what the gem is and the gemological names that are used to describe it, the physical and optical properties useful for identification are given. In compiling these data, I relied heavily on the book by Anderson, and to a lesser extent the recent book by O’Donaghue. Pricing information at the bottom of each gem page are out of date.

Url: http://www.geo.utexas.edu/courses/347k/redesign/Gem_Notes/gemnote_triple_frame.htm

 

Renee Newman

Series of gemstone, diamond and jewelry consumer buying guides by Renée Newman.

Url: http://reneenewman.com/index.htm

 

 

Gemmary   

Website selling old/rare books and antique scientific instruments.

Url: http://www.gemmary.com/

 

 

Perlen und Schmuckperlen (Pearls and Cultured Pearls)    

(German language only) This site contains extensive information on pearls, cultured pearls, different pearl types, pearl testing. etc.

Url: http://www.perlen.de/zuchtperlen.htm

 

 

ICA: International Colored Gemstone Association (USA)

The International Colored Gemstone Association is a non-profit association which was founded in 1983 to represent the international gemstone industry. The ICA is the first and only organization working to increase the understanding, appreciation, and sales of colored gemstones worldwide. ICA members, the top gemstone miners, cutters, and dealers throughout the world, adhere to the highest ethical standards: no dispute handled by the association’s ethics and grievance committee has ever remained unresolved.

Url: http://www.gemstone.org/

 

 

AGTA-GTC: American Gem Trade Organization – Gem Testing Center (USA)   

One of the leading trade organizations and gem/diamond testing laboratories and member of the The Laboratory Manual Harmonization Committee (LMHC). The AGTA Gemological Testing Center is the natural colored gemstone industry?s premier independent laboratory providing the industry and the public with a complete range of services, including gemstone identification, origin determination and pearl identification. The laboratory, located in New York City, is equipped with the latest, technologically advanced, investigative equipment.

Url: http://www.agta-gtc.org/

Category: Gemstones, Gem Art

 

Gemstone Artist

Gem Cutter John Baily offers natural/untreated certified gemstones, customized gem cutting, one-of-a-kind faceted gems/jewelry, and carved gemstone art. This website also has several nice articles about how a gemstone is cut/facetted and also how to discriminate a garnet from a ruby with the naked eye.

Url: http://www.gemstoneartist.com/Default.asp

 

 

Fabergé Jewellery   

It took 72 years following the October Revolution before the legend of Fabergé was brought back to life. In 1989 the Fabergé Co., New York, named the Pforzheim jeweler Victor Mayer as the exclusive worldwide workmaster. Since then, it has been producing selective jewels, exclusive egg objects, and Objets d’Art in the tradition of Peter Carl Fabergé. Fabergé offices in London, Paris, and New York City.

Url: http://www.faberge.de/

 

Category: Gemstones, Loose Gemstones

 

R.W. Wise Goldsmiths, Inc.

Custom made to order, handmade, antique, estate, & contemporary jewelry as well as rare investment-grade gemstones for sale by designers at R.W. Wise Goldsmiths, Inc.

Url: http://www.rwwise.com/index_content.html

 

 

Gemstone Artist

Gem Cutter John Baily offers natural/untreated certified gemstones, customized gem cutting, one-of-a-kind faceted gems/jewelry, and carved gemstone art. This website also has several nice articles about how a gemstone is cut/facetted and also how to discriminate a garnet from a ruby with the naked eye.

Url: http://www.gemstoneartist.com/Default.asp

 

 

National Gemstone   

Gem dealer with additional information on investments, gem trends, price lists, and a gemstone forecaster newsletter.

Url: http://www.preciousgemstones.com/

 

Geovision – Gary Bowersox – Afghan Connection   

Gary Bowersox has written several articles on his ventures into Afghanistan, the Southern Russian Republics and Pakistan. Also wrote a book and made a video. A number of very interesting articles on this site about his ventures, though many date from several years or more ago.

Url: http://www.gems-afghan.com/articles.htm

 

Category: Gemstones, Pearls

 

King’s Randsom (Betty Sue King, the Pearl Goddess & More)   

Betty Sue King works closely with designers, suppliers, manufacturers and retailers who create innovative and unique jewelry with pearls and gemstones. She travels to Asia three times a year to obtain the remarkable cultured pearls her clients have come to expect and for which she is so well known. Recommended!

Url: http://pearlgoddess.com/pearls/default.asp

 

 

Imperial-Deltah (The Bazar Group)   

The company, Deltah began in 1893 when M.J. Karpeles established America’s oldest firm specializing in fine simulated pearl jewelry. This business started producing and selling find quality simulated pearls and pearl jewelry to retailers. Imperial which was founded by Joseph Gladstone in 1917 at a time of increased growth for the pearl industry, began operating in Chicago. This particular business specialized in importing and selling Japanese Cultures Pearls. Imperial became among the first to bring the valued Akoya pearls to the United States from Japan. On June 1, 1995, Imperial Pearl Syndicate and Pearls by Deltah were merged to form Imperial-Deltah, Inc. The merger created a consolidated business that is now one of the world’s leading pearl companies servicing what is perhaps the broadest customer base in the industry. Recommended!

Url: http://www.pearls.com/home/index.asp

 

 

Pearl Perspectives Publication (Imperial-Deltah & the Bazar Group)   

Online newsletter that features pearl market trends, travel information, special buys, and education.

Url: http://www.pearls.com/home/Content.asp?w=pages&r=64&pid=68

 

 

NOVA Online (PBS) – Pearls   

NOVA’s companion web site for its documentary “The Perfect Pearl”, broadcasted on March 27, 2007. This website offers information about the history of pearls, problems pearls face today, transcripts, teacher’s guides, and other resources (e.g. article by known gem expert and author Fred Ward).

Url: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pearl/

 

 

Perlen und Schmuckperlen (Pearls and Cultured Pearls)    

(German language only) This site contains extensive information on pearls, cultured pearls, different pearl types, pearl testing. etc.

Url: http://www.perlen.de/zuchtperlen.htm

 

Category: Information, Books

 

Wartski

Wartski is a family owned firm of art and antique dealers, specialising in fine jewelry, gold boxes and works by Fabergé. The firm has sponsored and supported academic research evidenced by their many members publications. They also have contributed to jewelry education by way of jewelry exhibitions, either on their premises or loaning pieces to museums/collections open to the public. Recommended!

Url: http://www.wartski.com/

 

 

Aurora Gems Books

Using the Aurora Collection of 260 fancy colour diamonds as its foundation, “Collecting and Classifying Coloured Diamonds, An Illustrated Study of the Aurora Collection”, explores the gamut of colours displayed by diamonds in nature and, in a format for both the layperson and the expert, investigates how diamond colours are perceived, measured, and classified. “Forever Brilliant, The Aurora Collection of Colored Diamonds” catalogues the world’s most famous diamond collection consisting of 260 natural colored diamonds which have been on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York since 1989.

Url: http://www.auroragems.com/books_press.html

 

 

R.W. Wise Goldsmiths, Inc.

Custom made to order, handmade, antique, estate, & contemporary jewelry as well as rare investment-grade gemstones for sale by designers at R.W. Wise Goldsmiths, Inc.

Url: http://www.rwwise.com/index_content.html

 

 

Faberge — Treasures of Imperial Russia   

Faberge eggs, book by the owner of the Forbes Faberge egg collection now exhibited in Russia. Website has many beautiful photos and chapters of the book published with the exhibit.

Url: http://www.treasuresofimperialrussia.com/e_preface.html

 

 

The Lore of Gemstones   

Ellen Steiber, author of “A Rumor of Gems”, found a treasure trove of gemstone lore whilst researching her book. Well worth reading!

Url: http://www.endicott-studio.com/rdrm/rrGemstones.html

 

 

Ruby Sapphire.com

The private website of Richard Hughes containing dozens of articles on rubies, sapphires, and the mining areas where they are found. Richard Hughes, a gemologist working at the AGTA-GTC gem lab, is considered one of the best experts in the world on rubies and sapphires.

Url: http://www.ruby-sapphire.com/home.htm

 

 

Use of Gemstones in Fraudulent Investment Schemes

Website & book providing inform to the public, along with law enforcement personnel, justice officials and victim support groups on the workings and scope of telemarketing and investment fraud so that efforts can effectively be taken to minimize the impact on its victims and ensure that adequate penalties are in place to deter the perpetrators. This link is dedicated to informing “… more conservative victims are swayed to purchase long-term assets they can physically touch, such as GEMSTONES, which are considered more valuable and understandable to them, compared to the complexity of paper instruments like stocks and bonds.”

Url: http://www.crimes-of-persuasion.com/Crimes/Telemarketing/Outbound/Major/Investments/gemstones.htm

 

 

Gemlab Inc./Ted Themelis  (Thailand)   

Gemlab was founded in 1975 by Ted Themelis. The company has experienced many phases in the gem & jewelry industry including gem trading, manufacturing of gem instruments, research & development projects, gem treatment services and fabrication of high-temperature furnaces with gem treatment installations around the globe. The company specializes in gemstone treatments and on diversified topics related to Mogok, Burma (Myanmar).

Url: http://www.themelis.com/

 

 

Earthlines

Geological and Fossil equipment, earth science books, tools and geological maps.

Url: http://www.earthlines.com/UK/catagories.asp

 

Gem Book Publishers (Fred Ward)

Series of gemstone books written by renowned expert Fred Ward.

Url: http://www.fredwardgems.com/home.htm

 

 

Secrets of the Gem Trade (Richard W. Wise)   

Arguably one of the best books on gemstones. buying and characteristics for the (educated) gem connoiseur.

Url: http://www.secretsofthegemtrade.com/

 

 

Renee Newman

Series of gemstone, diamond and jewelry consumer buying guides by Renée Newman.

Url: http://reneenewman.com/index.htm

 

 

Gemstone Press   

GemStone Press is an international source for books, gem identification instruments and other items designed to help consumers and people in the gem trade learn more about jewelry, gems and gemology. (Books include Antoinette Matlins series of gem, diamond, and jewelry buying guides).

Url: http://www.gemstonepress.com/

 

 

Gemmary   

Website selling old/rare books and antique scientific instruments.

Url: http://www.gemmary.com/

 

 

Geoscience books   

A source for out-of-print books in Geology and Related Sciences.

Url: http://www.geosciencebooks.com/

 

 

“The Gem Hunter” Book   

“The Gem Hunter” by Gary Bowersox tells about his expeditions into Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other areas.

Url: http://www.gems-afghan.com/gemhunter.htm

 

Category: Information, Magazines/Trade Journals

 

Wartski

Wartski is a family owned firm of art and antique dealers, specialising in fine jewelry, gold boxes and works by Fabergé. The firm has sponsored and supported academic research evidenced by their many members publications. They also have contributed to jewelry education by way of jewelry exhibitions, either on their premises or loaning pieces to museums/collections open to the public. Recommended!

Url: http://www.wartski.com/

 

 

Pearl Perspectives Publication (Imperial-Deltah & the Bazar Group)   

Online newsletter that features pearl market trends, travel information, special buys, and education.

Url: http://www.pearls.com/home/Content.asp?w=pages&r=64&pid=68

 

 

GIA Publications:  Gems & Gemology, Loupe, & GIA Insider   

GIA Publications include “Gems & Gemology”, the quarterly journal of GIA, publishes up-to-date technical information about diamonds and colored stones. “Loupe” is the GIA’s source for feature news, interviews and photo essays about the people, places and events that shape, and are shaped by, the Institute. “GIA Insider” is their electronic bulletin.

Url: http://www.gia.edu/newsroom/334/gia_publications.cfm

 

 

Heat Treatment & Chemical Additives make stones look like Rare Gems

ACS (American Chemical Society) cover story (article by Amanda Yarnell) on how heat treatment and chemical additives can make mundane stones look they are exclusive fancy/colored/rare diamonds/gems. A MUST READ before purchasing diamonds or gemstones!

Url: http://pubs.acs.org/cen/coverstory/8205/print/8205diamondsbox1.html

 

 

The Lore of Gemstones   

Ellen Steiber, author of “A Rumor of Gems”, found a treasure trove of gemstone lore whilst researching her book. Well worth reading!

Url: http://www.endicott-studio.com/rdrm/rrGemstones.html

 

 

National Gemstone   

Gem dealer with additional information on investments, gem trends, price lists, and a gemstone forecaster newsletter.

Url: http://www.preciousgemstones.com/

 

 

Geovision – Gary Bowersox – Afghan Connection   

Gary Bowersox has written several articles on his ventures into Afghanistan, the Southern Russian Republics and Pakistan. Also wrote a book and made a video. A number of very interesting articles on this site about his ventures, though many date from several years or more ago.

Url: http://www.gems-afghan.com/articles.htm

 

 

Ruby Sapphire.com

The private website of Richard Hughes containing dozens of articles on rubies, sapphires, and the mining areas where they are found. Richard Hughes, a gemologist working at the AGTA-GTC gem lab, is considered one of the best experts in the world on rubies and sapphires.

Url: http://www.ruby-sapphire.com/home.htm

 

 

Diamond Intelligence Briefs

News items (business-to-business) from the Diamond Industry, dealing with industry trends, blood diamonds etc.

Url: http://www.diamondintelligence.com/

 

 

Gem Book Publishers (Fred Ward)

Series of gemstone books written by renowned expert Fred Ward.

Url: http://www.fredwardgems.com/home.htm

 

 

Secrets of the Gem Trade (Richard W. Wise)   

Arguably one of the best books on gemstones. buying and characteristics for the (educated) gem connoiseur.

Url: http://www.secretsofthegemtrade.com/

 

 

Renee Newman

Series of gemstone, diamond and jewelry consumer buying guides by Renée Newman.

Url: http://reneenewman.com/index.htm

 

Gemstone Press   

GemStone Press is an international source for books, gem identification instruments and other items designed to help consumers and people in the gem trade learn more about jewelry, gems and gemology. (Books include Antoinette Matlins series of gem, diamond, and jewelry buying guides).

Url: http://www.gemstonepress.com/

 

 

Gemmary   

Website selling old/rare books and antique scientific instruments.

Url: http://www.gemmary.com/

 

 

Geoscience books   

A source for out-of-print books in Geology and Related Sciences.

Url: http://www.geosciencebooks.com/

 

 

Category: Education, Universities

 

University of California, Berkeley   

Professor Jill Banfield’s “Gems and Gem Minerals” course work and other gem-related materials. Site has extensive image libraries and information sheets. Recommended!

Url: http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu/~eps2/

 

NOVA (PBS) – The Diamond Deception

NOVA’s website accompanying their 2001 broadcast on Diamonds. Articles include those of well known authors and gemologists in the field.

Url: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/diamond/

 

 

NOVA Online (PBS) – Pearls   

NOVA’s companion web site for its documentary “The Perfect Pearl”, broadcasted on March 27, 2007. This website offers information about the history of pearls, problems pearls face today, transcripts, teacher’s guides, and other resources (e.g. article by known gem expert and author Fred Ward).

Url: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pearl/

 

 

Heat Treatment & Chemical Additives make stones look like Rare Gems   

ACS (American Chemical Society) cover story (article by Amanda Yarnell) on how heat treatment and chemical additives can make mundane stones look they are exclusive fancy/colored/rare diamonds/gems. A MUST READ before purchasing diamonds or gemstones!

Url: http://pubs.acs.org/cen/coverstory/8205/print/8205diamondsbox1.html

 

 

Gem Chem 1: Linking Gemology and Chemistry   

Article by Rachel Petkewich. What does a Gemologist need these days, since treatments of gemstones have become so sophisticated. As a consumer, what would you expect your jewelry expert (jeweler, gemologist) to know as a guarantee for what you are buying ?

Url: http://www.chemistry.org/portal/a/c/s/1/feature_ent.html?id=cd3c0dd23a0811d7ff4a6ed9fe800100

 

 

Gem Chem 2: Under the Surface of a Sapphire   

Article by Rachel Petkewich. As gemstone treatments become more complex, will the lab replace the loupe? This article provides more insight of what it takes to analyze a gem such as a sapphire these days. How does this reflect on the jewelry you buy and should you demand more from the person who sells it to you ?

Url: http://www.chemistry.org/portal/a/c/s/1/feature_ent.html?id=eed589983ace11d7e9676ed9fe800100

 

Mineralogisch-Petrographisches Institut, Hamburg   

General Masters Degree for Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry. This site also contains photos of exhibits & mineral specimans and information in English from their mineralogical museum (i.e. Mineralogical Museum of the University of Hamburg). Also included is an extensive “Type Specimen Catalogue”.

Url: http://www1.uni-hamburg.de/mpi/index.html

 

 

Calculator for Estimating Carat Weights of Gemstones and Diamonds

Extensive calculator for estimating weight of gems and diamonds which are already set in jewelry. You need to take pretty exact measurements and know the type of cut as well as the depth of the stone which can be difficult to measure if the stone is already set. Still quite an interesting tool.

Url: http://www.asia-gems.com/gemstone-weight-calculator.php

 

 

The Lore of Gemstones   

Ellen Steiber, author of “A Rumor of Gems”, found a treasure trove of gemstone lore whilst researching her book. Well worth reading!

Url: http://www.endicott-studio.com/rdrm/rrGemstones.html

 

 

National Gemstone   

Gem dealer with additional information on investments, gem trends, price lists, and a gemstone forecaster newsletter.

Url: http://www.preciousgemstones.com/

 

 

Ruby Sapphire.com

The private website of Richard Hughes containing dozens of articles on rubies, sapphires, and the mining areas where they are found. Richard Hughes, a gemologist working at the AGTA-GTC gem lab, is considered one of the best experts in the world on rubies and sapphires.

Url: http://www.ruby-sapphire.com/home.htm

 

 

QCC: Queens borough Community College   

Assistant Professor Roland Scal, Ph.D. gemology class material for gems and gem minerals.

Url: http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/BiologicalSciences/Faculty/scal/gems/default.htm

 

Santa Ana College   

Santa Ana College offers several classes in Jewelry Design and Gemology.

Url: http://www.sac.edu/degrees/sac/Art.htm

 

 

University of Kansas, School of Fine Arts

Full Bachelor (B.A. & B.F.A) and Master degree (M.F.A) in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design. A variety of studio design courses are offered, including jewelry design, holloware, enameling, rendering, professional practices, gemology and historical seminars. Students may choose an elective or major course of study.

Url: http://www2.ku.edu/~sfa/dsgn/metalsandjewelry/#mfa

 

 

University of Wisconsin   

GEO 104 Gems and Gemstones offered at the University of Wisconsin is a 3-credit hour course. Important concepts in gemology, including identification, factors that affect valuation, processes of gem mineral formation, and the study of other precious materials.

Url: http://www.uwm.edu/ugbulletin/SC/C_422.html

 

 

University of Washington   

Professor Michael D Harrell’s course material & description of UW Gemology course EES 101. It is a study of gems and gem minerals.

Url: http://www.washington.edu/students/icd/S/ess/103mdh666.html

 

 

Flathead Valley Community College

Offers degree in professional goldsmithing. The program teaches modern methods of jewelry repair, stone setting, wax modeling and casting, emphasizing technical proficiency, and artistic craftsmanship. Students gain an advanced understanding of the goldsmithing field, including design and technical skills, as well as professional integrity.

Url: http://www.fvcc.edu/programs/occupational_goldsmithing.shtml

 

 

Fashion Institute of Technology (New York)   

Studying at FIT places students directly at the heart of the worldwide jewelry industry, where FIT’s faculty have already forged their own successful careers. They bring firsthand knowledge of today’s market into the classroom, connecting students to the industry and serving as valuable mentors who guide students to their own future careers. They have an “Associated Degree” program with dozens of courses in jewelry design, goldsmithing, basics in diamond and gemstone grading, and many more.

Url: http://www.fitnyc.edu/aspx/Content.aspx?menu=Future:SchoolsAndPrograms:ArtAndDesign:JewelryDesign:CourseDescriptions

 

 

Palm Beach Community College   

PBCC offers Continuing Education Courses in basic gemology, jewelry appraising and diamond grading.

Url: http://www.pbcc.edu/x3247.xml?id=84

 

 

Minneapolis Community and Technical College   

Gemology Jewelry certificate: gemology courses and jewelry sales/store education. MCTC’s Jewelry Gemology Certificate program prepares you to use a variety of gemological instruments to analyze and identify gemstones such as diamonds, rubies and emeralds, and to separate natural from synthetic stones.

Url: http://www.minneapolis.edu/academics/areaofstudy.cfm?aos_id=46

 

 

Santiago Canyon College   

SCC offers a Gemology Certificate or an Associate Degree in Gemology.

Url: http://www.sccollege.edu/apps/comm.asp?Q=65

 

 

Royal Holloway University of London   

Research activities within the Royal Holloway University of London’s Department of Geology, fall into 3 broad areas encompassing the understanding of the Earth. These are not rigid subdivisions, rather, they represent a general framework to encourage and promote the multi-disciplinary activity fundamental to modern science, while allowing great flexibility to research groups and individuals.

Url: http://www.gl.rhbnc.ac.uk/research/research.html

 

 

Oxford University   

Oxford is one of the leading centres of geological research in the UK, rated 5* in the higher education funding council of England (HEFCE) research assessment exercise. Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Petrology. Also as Research topics.

Url: http://www.earth.ox.ac.uk/

 

 

Manchester University   

The Manchester University School of Earth, Atmospheric, and Environmental Sciences is one of the largest Earth Sciences teaching and research centers in the UK, with around 30 academic staff and a similar number of specialist researchers and support staff. Research in the Department is funded by most of the major research councils (NERC, EPSRC, PPARC, BBSRC), by the Royal Society, and by the petroleum, mineral and nuclear industries. They offer Mineralogy, Mineral Deposits, Petrology. Offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Url: http://www.seaes.manchester.ac.uk/

 

 

University of Edinburgh   

Mineralogy and Petrology courses. In September 2005, Edinburgh University was ranked as 4th in UK, 38th in world, and one of highest climbers for University science. A global survey by the Times Higher Education Supplement places the University of Edinburgh 38th in the world, and 4th in the UK (after Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial) for scientific research. They also house the Cockburn Museum on campus. It contains a fine mineral collection donated by Dr. James Currie in 1931.

Url: http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/undergraduate/prospectus/earthsci/BScGeol2.html

 

 

University of Derby   

Mineralogy and Petrology courses. Geology has been taught to degree level at Derby for over a century, and our present courses have received an ‘Excellent’ rating for the quality of their teaching and learning provision. The University of Derby GEES offers courses to honours degree level in Geology, Earth Systems Science, and Global Hazards. Geology students may choose to study abroad for part of their course.

Url: http://www.derby.ac.uk/gees/aGeol.html

 

 

University of Aberdeen   

Mineralogy and Petrology courses. Geology has been taught at Aberdeen University for more than 150 years and geology degrees have been awarded from 1892 onwards. They also have a museum which houses The ‘Gordon Collection’, a bequest to the Department by the Rev. J.M. Gordon in memory of his father, forms the basis of the Mineral Collection that contains excellent material of world-wide origin, including specimens from classic localities now lost to science.

Url: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/geology/undergrad-courses.php

 

 

Senior Lecturer (UT Austin) – Gem Notes for Accompanying Lecture   

Nice explanation of basics in gemology and easy to understand for most interested lay people. Each of the gem summaries is divided into several sections. After a brief introduction that defines precisely what the gem is and the gemological names that are used to describe it, the physical and optical properties useful for identification are given. In compiling these data, I relied heavily on the book by Anderson, and to a lesser extent the recent book by O’Donaghue. Pricing information at the bottom of each gem page are out of date.

Url: http://www.geo.utexas.edu/courses/347k/redesign/Gem_Notes/gemnote_triple_frame.htm

 

 

Field Gemology   

Field trips to Pakistan, China, Madagascar in search of precious stones. With our field trips to gem mines and markets around the world or our inclusion photographs, we hope to make you share our passion for internet, photography, gems and our admiration for the people bringing these gems from the ground to jewelry.

Url: http://www.fieldgemology.com/

 

 

Paris Junior College – Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology    

PJC/TIJT offers a one-semester Gemology certificate course. Classes offered are jewelry design, casting, bench technician, advanced jewelry classes as well as Gemology I, II and diamond grading classes and several horology and watch repair classes.

Url: http://www.parisjc.edu/index.php/pjc/content-pjc/gemology-certificate/

 

 

Institut fuer Geowisenschaftern Universitat Kiel   

Mineralogie, Kristallographie, Petrographie etc.

Url: http://www.uni-kiel.de/fakultas/mathnat/geowiss/ifg/

 

 

Institut fuer Mineralogie und Geochemie Universitat Koln

Angewandte Mineralogie, Struk. Geologie, Petrologie.

Url: http://www.uni-koeln.de/math-nat-fak/geomin/

 

 

Geoscience books   

A source for out-of-print books in Geology and Related Sciences.

Url: http://www.geosciencebooks.com/

Category: Education, Labratories

 

American Gem Society Laboratories (USA)   

The American Gem Society Laboratories is the premier diamond-grading laboratory in the world. Founded 1996, the American Gem Society Laboratories was established to fulfill a need in the industry to provide you with a protective and definitive diamond- grading document. The American Gem Society Laboratories? diamond grading reports quantify a diamond?s beauty using a 0 to 10 grading scale created for simplicity and ease-of-use.

Url: http://www.agslab.com/

 

 

Gemlab (Portugal)   

Gemmological and gem testing information in Portuguese.

Url: http://www.labgem.org/Home.html

 

 

GRS: Gem Research Swisslab (Switzerland)    

GRS, Public Limited Company of Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland, is a gemological research company focused on the identification of gemstones from all over the world. They provide heat treatment & country of origin certificates and specialize in certifying rubies and sapphires. Amongst other things such as journals, gemstone reports, etc. their website contains interesting inclusion photos and reports of gemstones that have been sold at famous auctions.

Url: http://www.gemresearch.ch/

 

 

Gemlab Inc./Ted Themelis  (Thailand)   

Gemlab was founded in 1975 by Ted Themelis. The company has experienced many phases in the gem & jewelry industry including gem trading, manufacturing of gem instruments, research & development projects, gem treatment services and fabrication of high-temperature furnaces with gem treatment installations around the globe. The company specializes in gemstone treatments and on diversified topics related to Mogok, Burma (Myanmar).

Url: http://www.themelis.com/

 

 

CISGEM Milan Testing Center (Italy)   

CISGEM is the Public Service for the Regulation of Gem Materials and Precious Metals. It was set up in 1966 by the Ministry of Industry as an office of the Milan Chamber of Commerce. One of the seven members of the The Laboratory Manual Harmonization Committee (LMHC).

Url: http://www.cisgem.camcom.it/HomeIT.EN.htm

 

GAAJ: Gemmological Association of Japan (Japan)   

One of the seven members of the The Laboratory Manual Harmonization Committee (LMHC). Their main GOAL is to provide the jewellery industry with professional graduates, for example, the internationally recognized ?CGJ? gemmological qualification, granted only by GAAJ in Japan.

Url: http://www.gaaj-zenhokyo.co.jp/about/about_prof.html

 

 

EGL USA:  European Gemological Laboratory (USA)   

EGL USA is one of the world’s premier independent gemological laboratories. For over 25 years it has offered the fine jewelry trade and consumers accurate, reliable gemstone identification and professional certification to validate their gemstone purchases. The EGL USA Group is comprised of four North American labs. EGL USA is an independent gemstone grading organization. Originally the EGL USA was a part of the European EGL which was founded in 1974. In 1986 EGL USA became independent of the European organization, and today is not affiliated with other EGL laboratories.

Url: http://www.eglusa.com/

 

 

AIGS: Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (Thailand)

The most renowned Gem lab and gemological institute in Thailand and in Asia. The Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences was founded in 1978 as South East Asia ‘s first educational facility devoted exclusively to the study of gemology. Its major aim has been to provide professional training for those planning to become gemologists, and to expand the knowledge of those already in the industry. All courses are open to anyone interested in enhancing their understanding and appreciation of gemology and to learn about gemstones.

Url: http://www.aigsthailand.com/

 

 

DGemG: German Gemological Association (Germany)   

One of the three oldest and most renowned gemological organizations. The Educational Training Center of the German Gemmological Association has been providing this specialized knowledge of gemstones, both in theory and practice, since it was founded in 1932. Their laboratories, with modern state of the art equipment, and the extensive gemstone collection, to which the students have access during class make it Europe’s leading educational and research institute for gemstones.

Url: http://www.dgemg.com/

 

 

GGL: Gubelin Gemmological Laboratories (Switzerland)   

GGL is famous for their breakthrough research on inclusions in diamonds and gemstones. The origins of the Gubelin Laboratory go back to the early part of the last century. In the 1920’s, the House of Gubelin recognised the need for, and value of, a wide and well founded knowledge of the gemstones it mounted in its own pieces of jewellery. From these beginnings, a standard of excellence and tireless devotion to the development of the science of gemmology brought international esteem and recognition to the Gubelin Laboratory.

Url: http://www.gubelinlab.com/

 

 

AGTA-GTC: American Gem Trade Organization – Gem Testing Center (USA)   

One of the leading trade organizations and gem/diamond testing laboratories and member of the The Laboratory Manual Harmonization Committee (LMHC). The AGTA Gemological Testing Center is the natural colored gemstone industry?s premier independent laboratory providing the industry and the public with a complete range of services, including gemstone identification, origin determination and pearl identification. The laboratory, located in New York City, is equipped with the latest, technologically advanced, investigative equipment.

Url: http://www.agta-gtc.org/

 

 

GIA: Gemological Institute of America (USA)   

Established in 1931, the nonprofit Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA’s mission is to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism through education, research, laboratory services, and instrument development.

Url: http://www.gia.edu/gemtradelab/31494/section_main_page.cfm

 

Category: Education, Certificates

 

Coster Diamonds B.V.
The Amsterdam diamond cutter Moses Elias Coster moved into factory premises at Waterlooplein in 1840, and Coster Diamonds was born. During that time, diamonds were still cut by machines literally powered by horses. Today, they are located in three grand mansions, beautifully situated between the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. They sell loose & set diamonds as well as offer a Coster Diamond Certificate which will assure you of the authenticity and quality of your diamond
Url: http://www.costerdiamonds.com/en

 

 

American Gem Society Laboratories (USA)   

The American Gem Society Laboratories is the premier diamond-grading laboratory in the world. Founded 1996, the American Gem Society Laboratories was established to fulfill a need in the industry to provide you with a protective and definitive diamond- grading document. The American Gem Society Laboratories? diamond grading reports quantify a diamond’s beauty using a 0 to 10 grading scale created for simplicity and ease-of-use.

Url: http://www.agslab.com/

 

GRS: Gem Research Swisslab (Switzerland)    

GRS, Public Limited Company of Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland, is a gemological research company focused on the identification of gemstones from all over the world. They provide heat treatment & country of origin certificates and specialize in certifying rubies and sapphires. Amongst other things such as journals, gemstone reports, etc. their website contains interesting inclusion photos and reports of gemstones that have been sold at famous auctions.

Url: http://www.gemresearch.ch/

 

 

AGS: American Gem Society (USA)

Consumer Protection Since 1934. When you work with members of the American Gem Society, you’re working with knowledgeable and credentialed experts in gems and jewelry who adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards. Only 5% of jewelers, designers, appraisers, and suppliers nationwide have met the exacting standards for membership in the American Gem Society, and all titleholders must be recertified annually! Shop with the best ? a jewelry expert and member of the American Gem Society.

Url: http://www.americangemsociety.org/

 

 

AGTA-GTC: American Gem Trade Organization – Gem Testing Center (USA)

One of the leading trade organizations and gem/diamond testing laboratories and member of the The Laboratory Manual Harmonization Committee (LMHC). The AGTA Gemological Testing Center is the natural colored gemstone industry’s premier independent laboratory providing the industry and the public with a complete range of services, including gemstone identification, origin determination and pearl identification. The laboratory, located in New York City, is equipped with the latest, technologically advanced, investigative equipment.

Url: http://www.agta-gtc.org/

 

 

GIA: Gemological Institute of America (USA)   

Established in 1931, the nonprofit Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA’s mission is to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism through education, research, laboratory services, and instrument development.

Url: http://www.gia.edu/gemtradelab/31494/section_main_page.cfm

 

Category: Education, Mining

 

Gemstone Artist

Gem Cutter John Baily offers natural/untreated certified gemstones, customized gem cutting, one-of-a-kind faceted gems/jewelry, and carved gemstone art. This website also has several nice articles about how a gemstone is cut/facetted and also how to discriminate a garnet from a ruby with the naked eye.

Url: http://www.gemstoneartist.com/Default.asp

 

 

Geovision – Gary Bowersox – Afghan Connection   

Gary Bowersox has written several articles on his ventures into Afghanistan, the Southern Russian Republics and Pakistan. Also wrote a book and made a video. A number of very interesting articles on this site about his ventures, though many date from several years or more ago.

Url: http://www.gems-afghan.com/articles.htm

 

Ruby Sapphire.com

The private website of Richard Hughes containing dozens of articles on rubies, sapphires, and the mining areas where they are found. Richard Hughes, a gemologist working at the AGTA-GTC gem lab, is considered one of the best experts in the world on rubies and sapphires.

Url: http://www.ruby-sapphire.com/home.htm

 

 

Diamond Intelligence Briefs

News items (business-to-business) from the Diamond Industry, dealing with industry trends, blood diamonds etc.

Url: http://www.diamondintelligence.com/

 

 

Field Gemology   

Field trips to Pakistan, China, Madagascar in search of precious stones. With our field trips to gem mines and markets around the world or our inclusion photographs, we hope to make you share our passion for internet, photography, gems and our admiration for the people bringing these gems from the ground to jewelry.

Url: http://www.fieldgemology.com/

 

 

TU Bergakademie Freiburg   

Mineralogie, Mining, und Geologie.

Url: http://www.fak3.tu-freiberg.de/index.html

 

 

Ed Rogers Rare & Out of Print Books   

Rare Geology, Palentology and Mineralogy books

Url: http://www.geology-books.com/

 

Category: Education, Museum/Gem Collections

 

Wartski

Wartski is a family owned firm of art and antique dealers, specialising in fine jewelry, gold boxes and works by Fabergé. The firm has sponsored and supported academic research evidenced by their many members publications. They also have contributed to jewelry education by way of jewelry exhibitions, either on their premises or loaning pieces to museums/collections open to the public. Recommended!

Url: http://www.wartski.com/

 

 

Jewels of the Romanovs   

Beautiful images and jewelry of the Romanovs. The online exhibit followed a “real” exhibit in 1996 and 1997 in the USA. Recommended!

Url: http://www.alexanderpalace.org/jewels/index.html

 

 

Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC (USA)   

The Smithsonian Institute’s “National Gem and Mineral Collection” is one of the greatest collections of its kind in the world. Over 375,000 individual specimens include such famous pieces as the Hope Diamond and the Star of Asia Sapphire, plus a research mineral collection in constant demand by scientists all over the world. Recommended!

Url: http://www.minerals.si.edu/

 

 

Natural History Museum, Los Angeles CA (USA)

The Mineral Sciences collections include minerals, rocks, meteorites, gems, and related synthetic materials. In overall significance the mineral collection probably ranks 4th in the United States and it is the most important west of Washington, D.C. The gem collection ranks 3rd in the country after those at the National Museum of Natural History and the American Museum of Natural History. Besides a fine worldwide representation the greatest strengths of the mineral collection are minerals from California, native gold, and gem crystals. Recommended!

Url: http://nhm.org/research/minsci/collections.htm

 

 

Time Dances By

Lovely website featuring antique mourning, victorian, bakelight & plastic, cameo, and Native American Jewelry. Also included is an online museum of pieces that have been sold.

Url: http://www.timedancesby.com/victorianmuseum.htm

 

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences (UK)   

University of Cambridge’s museum displaying some of the finest specimens from their collection of more than 40000 minerals and gemstones from around the world. Open all year long (see site for opening hours) and admission is free.

Url: http://www.sedgwickmuseum.org/exhibits/minerals.html

 

 

CISGEM Milan Testing Center (Italy)   

CISGEM is the Public Service for the Regulation of Gem Materials and Precious Metals. It was set up in 1966 by the Ministry of Industry as an office of the Milan Chamber of Commerce. One of the seven members of the The Laboratory Manual Harmonization Committee (LMHC).

Url: http://www.cisgem.camcom.it/HomeIT.EN.htm

 

Category: Education, Museum/Online Info/Exhib

 

Jewels of the Romanovs   

Beautiful images and jewelry of the Romanovs. The online exhibit followed a “real” exhibit in 1996 and 1997 in the USA. Recommended!

Url: http://www.alexanderpalace.org/jewels/index.html

 

 

Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC (USA)   

The Smithsonian Institute’s “National Gem and Mineral Collection” is one of the greatest collections of its kind in the world. Over 375,000 individual specimens include such famous pieces as the Hope Diamond and the Star of Asia Sapphire, plus a research mineral collection in constant demand by scientists all over the world. Recommended!

Url: http://www.minerals.si.edu/

 

 

Natural History Museum, Los Angeles CA (USA)

The Mineral Sciences collections include minerals, rocks, meteorites, gems, and related synthetic materials. In overall significance the mineral collection probably ranks 4th in the United States and it is the most important west of Washington, D.C. The gem collection ranks 3rd in the country after those at the National Museum of Natural History and the American Museum of Natural History. Besides a fine worldwide representation the greatest strengths of the mineral collection are minerals from California, native gold, and gem crystals. Recommended!

Url: http://nhm.org/research/minsci/collections.htm

 

 

Patek Philippe Museum, Geneva (Switzerland)   

(English Language) Home to the prestigious creations of the Geneva-based firm of master watchmakers which was founded in 1839. Discover how a passion for timepieces has brought together an extraordinary display of watches, musical automata and portrait miniatures from the 16th to the 19th century, in addition to a library dedicated entirely to horology and its related subjects. Recommended!

Url: http://www.patekmuseum.com/

 

 

Camborne School of Mines   

University of Exeter, Camborne School of Mines VIRTUAL museum.

Url: http://www.projects.ex.ac.uk/geomincentre/intro.htm

 

 

Alchemy texts

Many of the old lapidaries (writers who wrote about gemstones) attributed different spiritual and medical properties to different stones. The site has many texts even from before the 16th century. Great resource in addition to our library of old books.

Url: http://levity.com/alchemy/texts.html

 

 

NOVA (PBS) – The Diamond Deception

NOVA’s website accompanying their 2001 broadcast on Diamonds. Articles include those of well known authors and gemologists in the field.

Url: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/diamond/

 

 

NOVA Online (PBS) – Pearls   

NOVA’s companion web site for its documentary “The Perfect Pearl”, broadcasted on March 27, 2007. This website offers information about the history of pearls, problems pearls face today, transcripts, teacher’s guides, and other resources (e.g. article by known gem expert and author Fred Ward).

Url: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pearl/

 

 

Faberge — Treasures of Imperial Russia   

Faberge eggs, book by the owner of the Forbes Faberge egg collection now exhibited in Russia. Website has many beautiful photos and chapters of the book published with the exhibit.

Url: http://www.treasuresofimperialrussia.com/e_preface.html

 

 

Gem Chem 1: Linking Gemology and Chemistry   

Article by Rachel Petkewich. What does a Gemologist need these days, since treatments of gemstones have become so sophisticated. As a consumer, what would you expect your jewelry expert (jeweler, gemologist) to know as a guarantee for what you are buying ?

Url: http://www.chemistry.org/portal/a/c/s/1/feature_ent.html?id=cd3c0dd23a0811d7ff4a6ed9fe800100

 

 

Gem Chem 2: Under the Surface of a Sapphire   

Article by Rachel Petkewich. As gemstone treatments become more complex, will the lab replace the loupe? This article provides more insight of what it takes to analyze a gem such as a sapphire these days. How does this reflect on the jewelry you buy and should you demand more from the person who sells it to you ?

Url: http://www.chemistry.org/portal/a/c/s/1/feature_ent.html?id=eed589983ace11d7e9676ed9fe800100

 

 

Hancock & Co. Ltd.   

Hancocks was founded in 1849 and is one of London’s oldest and finest established specialist dealers buying and selling outstanding antique and collectors jewels and silver. In addition to exquisite pieces, this website also provides ‘brief key facts’ from biographies for all famous past and present jewelry designers on the site. In 1962 the Company was granted the Royal Warrant as Goldsmiths and Silversmiths to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, an honour they still hold today.

Url: http://www.hancocks-london.com/acatalog/biographies.htm#

 

 

Mineralogisch-Petrographisches Institut, Hamburg   

General Masters Degree for Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry. This site also contains photos of exhibits & mineral specimans and information in English from their mineralogical museum (i.e. Mineralogical Museum of the University of Hamburg). Also included is an extensive “Type Specimen Catalogue”.

Url: http://www1.uni-hamburg.de/mpi/index.html

 

 

Calculator for Estimating Carat Weights of Gemstones and Diamonds

Extensive calculator for estimating weight of gems and diamonds which are already set in jewelry. You need to take pretty exact measurements and know the type of cut as well as the depth of the stone which can be difficult to measure if the stone is already set. Still quite an interesting tool.

Url: http://www.asia-gems.com/gemstone-weight-calculator.php

 

 

National Gemstone   

Gem dealer with additional information on investments, gem trends, price lists, and a gemstone forecaster newsletter.

Url: http://www.preciousgemstones.com/

 

 

University of Exeter, Camborne School of Mines, Cornwall   

Crystallography & Mineralogy, Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology, Mineral Deposit Geology. They have consistently ranked in the top 15 UK Geology departments by The Times. Also included are specialist facilities including an underground mine and world-class analytical mineralogy laboratories and merit scholarships of £2,000 per year. CSM also hosts an online virtual museum on their website (visit our Virtual Library Museum section if you cannot find it on their website).

Url: http://www.uec.ac.uk/csm/undergraduate-study/geology/index.htm

 

 

Buccellati

Mario Buccellati at the beginning of the century, Gianmaria Buccellati and Andrea Buccellati today, carry on his design capability, creating a link between past, present, and future.

Url: http://www.buccellati.com/

 

Category: Education, Museum/Mineral Exhib

 

Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC (USA)   

The Smithsonian Institute’s “National Gem and Mineral Collection” is one of the greatest collections of its kind in the world. Over 375,000 individual specimens include such famous pieces as the Hope Diamond and the Star of Asia Sapphire, plus a research mineral collection in constant demand by scientists all over the world. Recommended!

Url: http://www.minerals.si.edu/

 

 

Natural History Museum, Los Angeles CA (USA)

The Mineral Sciences collections include minerals, rocks, meteorites, gems, and related synthetic materials. In overall significance the mineral collection probably ranks 4th in the United States and it is the most important west of Washington, D.C. The gem collection ranks 3rd in the country after those at the National Museum of Natural History and the American Museum of Natural History. Besides a fine worldwide representation the greatest strengths of the mineral collection are minerals from California, native gold, and gem crystals. Recommended!

Url: http://nhm.org/research/minsci/collections.htm

 

 

Camborne School of Mines   

University of Exeter, Camborne School of Mines VIRTUAL museum.

Url: http://www.projects.ex.ac.uk/geomincentre/intro.htm

 

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences (UK)   

University of Cambridge’s museum displaying some of the finest specimens from their collection of more than 40000 minerals and gemstones from around the world. Open all year long (see site for opening hours) and admission is free.

Url: http://www.sedgwickmuseum.org/exhibits/minerals.html

 

 

Mineralogisch-Petrographisches Institut, Hamburg   

General Masters Degree for Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry. This site also contains photos of exhibits & mineral specimans and information in English from their mineralogical museum (i.e. Mineralogical Museum of the University of Hamburg). Also included is an extensive “Type Specimen Catalogue”.

Url: http://www1.uni-hamburg.de/mpi/index.html

 

 

University of Edinburgh   

Mineralogy and Petrology courses. In September 2005, Edinburgh University was ranked as 4th in UK, 38th in world, and one of highest climbers for University science. A global survey by the Times Higher Education Supplement places the University of Edinburgh 38th in the world, and 4th in the UK (after Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial) for scientific research. They also house the Cockburn Museum on campus. It contains a fine mineral collection donated by Dr. James Currie in 1931.

Url: http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/undergraduate/prospectus/earthsci/BScGeol2.html

 

 

University of Exeter, Camborne School of Mines, Cornwall   

Crystallography & Mineralogy, Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology, Mineral Deposit Geology. They have consistently ranked in the top 15 UK Geology departments by The Times. Also included are specialist facilities including an underground mine and world-class analytical mineralogy laboratories and merit scholarships of £2,000 per year. CSM also hosts an online virtual museum on their website (visit our Virtual Library Museum section if you cannot find it on their website).

Url: http://www.uec.ac.uk/csm/undergraduate-study/geology/index.htm

 

 

Cambridge University   

The Earth Science department at Cambridge University offers two degree options – a three-year BA and a four-year MSci – as part of the Natural Sciences programme. Courses include mineralogy, geochemistry, and petrology. Click on Teaching and choose Mineral Sciences. They also have a museum called the “Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences” that features mineral specimens, gemstones and semi-precious stones from around the world.

Url: http://rock.esc.cam.ac.uk/

 

University of Aberdeen   

Mineralogy and Petrology courses. Geology has been taught at Aberdeen University for more than 150 years and geology degrees have been awarded from 1892 onwards. They also have a museum which houses The ‘Gordon Collection’, a bequest to the Department by the Rev. J.M. Gordon in memory of his father, forms the basis of the Mineral Collection that contains excellent material of world-wide origin, including specimens from classic localities now lost to science.

Url: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/geology/undergrad-courses.php

 

Category: Commerce, Investment Info

 

Pearl Perspectives Publication (Imperial-Deltah & the Bazar Group)   

Online newsletter that features pearl market trends, travel information, special buys, and education.

Url: http://www.pearls.com/home/Content.asp?w=pages&r=64&pid=68

 

Category: Commerce, Supplies

 

Jewelry Making Professor   

Eri Attebery’s promotional website for her step-by-step videos on how to make beaded or wire jewelry. In addition to her DVDs, other items including jewelry making kits, tools & supplies, and finished jewelry are available for sale.

Url: http://www.jewelrymakingprofessor.com/

 

 

Earthlines

Geological and Fossil equipment, earth science books, tools and geological maps.

Url: http://www.earthlines.com/UK/catagories.asp

 

 

Gemstone Press   

GemStone Press is an international source for books, gem identification instruments and other items designed to help consumers and people in the gem trade learn more about jewelry, gems and gemology. (Books include Antoinette Matlins series of gem, diamond, and jewelry buying guides).

Url: http://www.gemstonepress.com/

 

 

Gemmary   

Website selling old/rare books and antique scientific instruments.

Url: http://www.gemmary.com/