AZGem Gems
March, 2009

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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.


Famous Jewelry Collections


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Famous jewelry collections are locked away in all corners of the world. Most are also the crown jewels of the nation wherein they reside... 

Other famous jewelry collections may be on display in secure museums. National treasures, royal regalia, dynastic antiquities... these collections go by a variety of names.

Many countries that were (are) ruled by monarchs over the past thousand years have amassed significant treasures of  gems and ornately worked precious metals.

Most of these countries are in Europe, Asia, and what is now referred to as the Middle East. Many treasures have been captured, looted, or lost in wars waged by and against these countries.famous jewelry collections

Many of the crown jewels of France were looted during the French Revolution (1789 - 1799).

Much of the Romanov collection was lost during the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.

Famous jewelry collections have been lost and acquired in this way. In some instances parts of collections have been lost forever, but extensive collections are known to exist in Russia, Austria, United Kingdom, India, Burma (Myanmar), Denmark, Sweden, and Iran (Persia).

The Persian treasure includes a 60 carat brilliant cut yellow diamond and the world’s largest known spinel,. the Samarian Spinel. This fine gem is a 500 carat, noble red spinel currently housed at the National Jewelry Museum in Tehran (The fabulous crown shown below is also Persian.)

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Famous jewelry collections must surely exist in Middle Eastern countries and Emirates... but little is known of what are speculated to be fabulous collections.

Likewise, little is known about most private collectors. We do know that some individuals and some jewelry-related companies acquire pieces through auctions and private sales.

Harry Winston was possibly the best known American private collector. Winston built a fortune in the diamond and jewelry fields. From diamond mining, to cutting, to jewelry design and fabrication, to top-dollar retail jewelry sales, Winston was a leader.

Among famous jewelryhope diamond collections, Winston’s was superb. He began building his collection by acquiring the prestigious collection of Arabella Huntington, wife of Henry Huntington (Railroads, businesses, beaches). Winston redesigned the pieces and reset the stones. He went on to acquire many famous diamonds.

Winston may be best known for his donation of the deep blue Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian.

Famous jewelry collections also exist in relatively young countries, including the USA. Almost all of the USA collection has been donated to the Smithsonian, and is housed in the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals.

A Google search using the search box below and the keyword phrase crown jewels (or similar keywords) will show you a number of links and ads.




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Gem Industry News...


Jewelry Industry Slowdown

Economic slowdown is the dominant story in the entire jewelry industry... just as it seems to be in other fields.

The dramatic slowdown in retail jewelry sales seems to have spread upstream to all segments of the fine jewelry and gem industries.

Jewelry manufacturers, gem dealers, gem cutters and miners, supply houses, and jewelry industry-related real estate are being impacted.

I'm confident there are other segments of the jewelry industry I have not talked with... but I'm equally sure they are feeling the pinch also.

To me, there seems to be a Chicken and Egg question here... Are the politicians telling it like it is, or scaring people into not spending?



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Jewelry Dealers


From a supply perspective, now is the time to replenish your depleted inventory. If you have some money to invest in inventory - there are deals to be had. And you should have some cash. After all, that depleted inventory was sales.

From a sales perspective, gift giving occasions have not disappeared. Birthdays, anniversaries, and many other reasons to give nice jewelry at a great price just keep on coming. Your customers (and their friends) need what you offer!

A market where people perceive they should spend less fits right into your marketing strategy... 

Be The Quality Jewelry Discounter.



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Jewelry Dealers Program

Do you enjoy jewelry and gems?sapphire ring

Do you enjoy talking with friends and co-workers?

Could you use an extra income source?

Take a look at our great Jewelry Dealers Program.



Carolyn Doyle

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