What are Antique, Heirloom, Period Jewellery and Collectibles?

When discussing older jewellery there are terms that are often used and should be defined.  What is the difference between antique, heirloom or period jewellery?  What are collectibles?

Vintage, Esate, Heirloom Bracelet

Vintage, Estate Bracelet Flickr photo MetalRiot

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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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Lily pad Like Inclusions in Peridot

Peridot is a light green gemstone with inclusions that are commonly called lily pad like inclusions.  Why do they form?  Can they be found in other gemstones?

Inclusion in Peridot

Peridot Inclusion by J McKercher

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Canadian Gemmological Open Houses January 10th & 14th, 2012

What’s the best New Year’s resolution? An investment in yourself, of course! Why not consider taking a gemmology class this winter?

Canadian Gemmological Association 50th Logo

Canadian Gemmological Association

You are invited to attend our open houses in our new classrooms at 55 Queen Street East, Toronto in the Lower Concourse level.

Use of a Spectroscope With Gemstones

A gemmologist has many tools available to identify gemstones.  One of the diagnostic instruments in the spectroscope.  With the use of a flashlight and a small pocket spectroscope a gemologist can identify many common gemstones.

OPL Gemology Spectroscope

Spectroscope Photo by J McKercher

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