AZGem Gems
March, 2006

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Written by Carolyn Doyle for customers of
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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.


March Birthstone Is Aquamarine


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The March birthstone is aquamarine.

This month we continue our series on birthstones that will provide answers to questions like...

"What is my birthstone?"

"What if I don't like the color of my birthstone?"

"What if I can't afford my birthstone?"

Aquamarine is the blue (or sometimes blue-green variety of beryl. And, as we've talked about before, the beryl gems include emerald, morganite, and several other gem stones.


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Aquamarine is affectionately known simply as aqua to its many admirers. I'll use both names in this piece.

Aqua is a great jewelry stone. Its hardness (7.5 on the Mohs scale) and durability makes it a good stone for a ring, as well as for earrings and pendants.

Aqua is named for its color... the color of seawater. It is often heat treated to drive out any hint of green, and "improve its color."

march birthstone is aquamarineWhat choices do those few individuals have who don't care for the color of aquamarine? a few choices, depending on your budget and taste. 

Aqua occurs in several saturations of blue, as shown in the photos included above. The price of aquamarine goes up as the color deepens

Because of the popularity of the pure blue aquas, it can be difficult to find this gem in its blue-green color... but its not impossible.

As stated earlier, the price of aquamarine gems and jewelry increases with the strength of the blue color. If you like the pastel variety (and most ladies do), the price is very reasonable, usually in the $25 to $100 per carat range.

Blue-green aquamarine is also very affordable.

Deep blue aquas can easily run several hundred dollars per carat.

Aquamarine can occur in relatively large, clean crystals that yield large gems. As you would expect, gem size also is a determining factor in the market price of a particular gem... and not just the total price. Larger stones often fetch a higher price per carat.

So a two carat gem priced at $40 per carat would cost $80. But the same quality gem in a five carat stone may be priced at $75 per carat. This larger gem would cost $375.march birthstone is aquamarine

Aqua is a popular gem, even for those not born in March.

At the Dorado Company we have aquamarine birthstone earrings... and unmounted gems as well. Send me an email if you're looking for an aqua ring or pendant stone.

Follow this link to learn more about Birthstones, Modern and Traditional.

A Google search for the keyword phrase aquamarine jewelry  returns a number of listings and ads for vendors specializing in production run jewelry pieces.





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Gem Industry News...


Diamond Grading Scandal

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is generally regarded as the premier educational institution serving the gem industry.

The GIA also operates highly respected gem identification and grading labs which many gem dealers (and especially diamond dealers) depend upon for tough, reliable grading and certification.

For the past several months allegations that a few diamond dealers have been bribing GIA  lab employees to misstate diamond grades has been growing.

The jewelry, diamond, and colored gem stone industries are very concerned, and have been demanding that the GIA deal with its problems with a strong hand.

GIA officials recently released the following statement...


GIA Responds To Press

While we will not comment on any specific aspects of The Wall Street Journal article other than to point out the factual inaccuracies, we want the diamond and jewelry industries as well as the public to know that the Gemological Institute of America operates with the highest ethical standards, and they can and should continue to have full confidence in GIA’s laboratory operations and the reports we issue.

Over the past several months, GIA has communicated openly about the actions we have taken to uncover the facts related to the ethical violations and the measures we have implemented to ensure that nothing similar can happen again. As we have reported previously, after completing nearly 100 interviews and reviewing over 100,000 documents spanning a 10-year period, the independent investigators concluded that any violations of GIA’s policies were very limited in scope. In addition, we have taken a number of steps to enhance our already stringent laboratory procedures and controls, and we continue to monitor our processes with great diligence. However, in order to dispel any lingering concerns, we are offering free verification of any GIA-graded diamond.

We realize that GIA and the entire industry suffer greatly when a few dishonest players damage the reputation of the honest majority. In addition, inaccuracies in reporting and misrepresentations by the press do a disservice to all, including the public at large. The Wall Street Journal article from March 8th erroneously states that the “Gemological Institute of America fired four employees it accused of accepting bribes from diamond dealers as part of an inquiry into inflating the grades of stones.” This statement is not true. The employees were terminated, following an extensive investigation conducted by independent counsel on behalf of a Special Committee of GIA’s Board of Governors, for violating GIA’s Professional Ethics and Conduct Compliance Statement. We have therefore requested that the paper publish a written correction to set the facts straight.

GIA is currently implementing many positive changes designed to prevent such ethical lapses by a few isolated individuals from occurring again. We are working to further strengthen the numerous procedures and controls we have in place to safeguard the integrity of the grading process. GIA’s mission for 75 years has been 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. We believe strongly in this mission and are continuing to take the appropriate steps that will enable us to serve the public even better in the future.


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Jewelry Dealers

Have you and your inventory recovered from the Christmas season yet?

Now's the time to be building up that inventory again.

The price of gold shows no signs of going back down, so if you weren't able to hedge by buying up mountings and findings a couple of years ago, you probably should be buying what you need now.


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Take a look at our great Jewelry Dealers Program.


Carolyn Doyle

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