• YourGemologist

    by Published on 05-23-2014 03:15 AM  Number of Views: 294 
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    Congratulations go out to the following:

    23 May 2014

    Jill Riebow……………...........ISG Registered Gemologist
    René Bertrand Macquart….ISG Registered Gemologist
    Council, Judy B………….......Introduction to Watches
    Cox , Jessica D………………..Diamonds
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    by Published on 05-23-2014 12:31 AM     Number of Views: 2439 
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    It was just an old suitcase that he slid out from under the bed. He opened it and quickly took inventory of the contents, then slid it back under the bed and walked on. His movements were almost mechanical as if he had done this hundreds of times before. In truth, he had. He kept this old suitcase carefully packed and under his bed, ready to go at a moment’s notice. His grandson who I was visiting at their home in Ocho Rios, Jamaica told me that his Grandfather checked the suitcase at least once a day to insure that everything was ready. “Ready for what?” I asked. “In case he is told to leave again,” was the answer. “Leave for where?” I asked. “Just leave” he responded. “He is ready to leave in case he is told he must go again”. “But you all have lived here for 50 years, you own this home and the land around it, including your stores, ” I questioned, “why is he always ready to leave?” The answer: “We are Sindhi. And my grandparents lived in Sindh during the Partition.”
    by Published on 05-21-2014 05:53 AM  Number of Views: 1857 
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    It was not until I studied with former Gem-A Education Director, Ian Mercer, that I truly understood the value of the Chelsea filter. Prior to that time, gemology teaching in the US relegated the Chelsea filter as being something of an out-of-date tool once used to separate true emeralds from green beryl, due to identifying the chromium coloring element. But this once humble gemology tool has become a very important member of the properly trained gemologist's arsenal for gem identification. Originally developed at Chelsea University in the UK, using the Chelsea filter was a quick way to separate emerald from what was then called "green beryl", that is any green beryl not colored by chromium. While there is a whole separate story behind that situation, when the green beryls of Brazil were finally included under the name "emerald" many in the US relegated the Chelsea filter to a "no longer required" tool of gemology.
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