Gem Photo Favorites is the subject of this month's feature article. I
recently read a press release from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
entitled GIA Exhibit Brings to Life Iconic Gem Photographs. The
press release announces and describes an upcoming exhibit to be held at
GIA headquarters in Carlsbad, California.
This Gem Photo Favorites article is the result of thinking about images
that we have featured in our (more than) one hundred sixty issues of this
newsletter. Some of the favorite photos include here are from press
releases issued by auction houses or magazines, and some are our own
Knowing the difficulty of photographing gems and jewelry gives me an
appreciation for all of them. Proper lighting and white
balanceare critical to getting faithful color reproduction and
avoiding 'flares" when photographing highly reflective gems and
WEIGHT: 45.52 carats CLARITY: VS1. Whitish graining is present. COLOR: Natural fancy deep grayish-blue CUT: Cushion antique brilliant with a faceted girdle and extra
facets on the pavilion. DIMENSIONS:
Length: 25.60 mm
Width: 21.78 mm
Depth: 12.00 mm
When photographing gems, reds and (darker) greens will often appear as
nearly black. Lights with the proper color temperature and a white balance
adjustment to the camera are often necessary to capture the real color of
these gems. The deep red rhodolite above, and the well-saturated green of
the pear shaped emerald below, are examples of faithful color reproduction.
An additional component for producing a quality gem photo is the
background. Most of our photos employ a plain white background. Depending
on camera and lighting angles, even a white background can appear gray in
color. There are times when a colored or textured background may be
desired. There are also times when a black background is employed to
Gem photo favorites that have come to us from press releases issued to
promote magazine articled include a blue sapphire and diamond ring. Our
article was about the increasing popularity of colored gems as engagement
The ring featured in the photo accompanying our article was of
(British) Princess Diana's engagement ring. The occasion for our article
(and others) was when Prince William and Kate Middleton (now Her Royal
Highness Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge) used his mother's
engagement ring as their own.
The ring is described as holding an eighteen carat blue sapphire
oval, surrounded by fourteen round diamonds.
Gem photo favorites that we have picked up from auction house press
releases include a very impressive emerald and diamond necklace from the
collection of Elizabeth Taylor. The necklace is part of a set that
includes pendant earrings and bracelet. The set features rather large and
well matched emeralds and diamonds.
Speaking of diamonds, photographing them to capture just some of the
colors a quality white diamond exhibits is very difficult. The image below
does a fine job of diamond scintillation.
This photo also illustrates the use of a black background to heighten contrast between the gem and its surroundings.
Some favorite photos are images that display to advantage the
"gemmy" attributes of a particular stone. The image below of an
Asian peridot really presents the gem well. In the vernacular... the gem
"pops" right off your computer screen.
Gem photo favorites can also be an image that brings back memories. The
photo below is of Campbell Bridges' Scorpion Mine tree house in the wilds
of Kenya. The tree house affords protection from non-climbing beast.
Campbell Bridges was a giant in the world of colored gems. He brought
the rare green garnet tsavorite to the gem market. Campbell was murdered a
few years back. His memory and legacy lives on.
I view this photo as a tribute to him.
Gem photo favorites presented here would not be complete
without remembering the times when gem rough could be purchased at
reasonable prices. The Madagascar scene shown below was from that time -
just a few years ago.
Top - Hope Diamond exhibit - Smithsonian Institution,
Department of Mineral Sciences
Next - Deep red rhodolite garnet
Next - A well saturated emerald
Next - Princess Diana and Kate
Middleton engagement ring
Next: - An emerald and diamond necklace from the Elizabeth
Taylor jewelry collection
Next: - A round brilliant cut white diamond
Next: - A cushion shaped peridot
Next - Campbell Bridges' Scorpion Mine tree house
Next - Madagascar village with a zebu and cart in
Next: - Gem special offer - Amethyst - This pear shaped
gem is lively and affordable birthstone
Last - Dealer Program Image - Pink Spinel and Sterling
A Google search for links or images using keywords such as gemstone
photography can return some very interesting information and websites.
We keep gem prices low by buying quality gemstone rough
worldwide, and having the rough material cut by our gem cutters in Asia.
Gem Industry News
228,000 Carat Ruby Crystal To Be Sold By Bonhams
Massive Ruby Crystal in Zoisite Matrix -The Largest Ruby
Crystal to be Offered at Public Auction - May 20, 2014
Massive ruby crystal - seems to be a huge understatement. 228,000
carats is hard to appreciate. That is, until you translate that number
into a unit of measure more familiar... such as kilo's or pounds. There
are 5000 carats in one kilo, so the ruby weighs 45.6 kilos. There are 2.2
pounds in one kilo, so the ruby crystal weighs more than 100 pounds.
website has an enjoyable narrative about this ruby crystal. Look for
the heading Lot Details.
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!
The birthstone for April is diamond. Have you tried selling diamond jewely
with colored gem accent stones?
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