Category Archives: Trivia

World’s Largest Cut Emerald to be Sold

Next week a rare gems dealer from Calgary, Alberta is set to sell what is being called the world’s largest cut emerald.  Is it truly an emerald or is it a beryl (like emerald) that was colourless and has been dyed green?

57,500 carat Cut Emerald?

Worlds Largest Cut Emerald?

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Jewellery in Alfred Hitchcock Movies

Gemstones and jewellery have been important in many books and many movies. Everyone loves to see the sparkle of a diamond on a beautiful woman.  The thought of having wealth, including expensive jewels, is very attractive.  In the movies of Alfred Hitchcock gemstones and jewellery are often central to the plot.

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

WARNING:  This post will give away the plots to various Alfred Hitchcock movies!

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Cornelius S. Hurlbut Jr. – Poems by a Wonderful Gemologist

Gemmology is a science, but gemmologists can be artistic in many ways. Cornelius S. Hurlbut, Professor Emeritus at Harvard, shared his poems about crystallography and gemstones.  How many poems do you know that use words such as prism, pinacoid and dome?

Crystal Atoms

Photo by J McKercher

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Flash Robs, Social Media and Jewellery Store Security

Good security is expensive.  Is it worth it?  Social media is now enabling large groups of criminals to attack one location at one specific time – a “Flash Rob”.  How can this be prevented?

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A Riddle Concerning the Ownership of a Rock

What mineral is illegal to sell in the USA?

Hint: If the seller is selling the genuine mineral then they would be arrested for theft, or if it is a fake then they could be charged with fraud!

Question Mark

Flickr photo by Purple Slog

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