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In memory: Tino Hammid, gem photographer extraordinaire

Oregon opal shot by Tino Hammid

Tino Hammid was one of the world's top jewelry photographers, and probably the top gem photographer. He was a sweet, smart, funny, generous-spirited specialist in his field. I considered him a friend.

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How to clean your jewelry and keep it like new

vintage game pieces ring

If you have rings you haven’t taken off in a while, you may notice they’ve lost their sparkle. Soap, lotion, dirt and powder leave a film that dulls the sparkle of gemstones, and we all know what happens to sterling silver. Any qualified jeweler can clean your jewelry, but it’s really not that difficult...

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Free admission to International Gem & Jewelry shows in 2015

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Jewelry lovers – and makers with or without wholesale I.D.s who want gems and beads – can now get free admission to the popular Intergem shows. Founded four decades ago, International Gem & Jewelry Shows were one of the first to sell commercial jewelry to the public, with the broad selection and prices (from...

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Sailing the 4Cs: new dangers to avoid when buying diamonds

Antoinette Matlins at International Gemmological Conference in London, 2009

Holiday season is one of the most popular times for marriage proposals, so there is some serious ring shopping going on. Anyone who has ever shopped for diamonds, whether for an engagement ring or a design of your own, knows there are 4 Cs to look out for: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight....

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Jewelry trade shows & antique fairs in the U.S. 2014

Buyers Market ©photo Cathleen McCarthy

JANUARY Jan. 5 – 7, 2014: Accessories The Show, Javitz Center, NYC Jan. 18 – 21, 2014: Buyers Market of American Craft, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia PA Jan. 24 – Feb. 2, 2014: Winter Antiques Show, Park Avenue Armory, NYC Jan. 24 – Feb. 15, 2014: Tucson Gem Shows, Tucson AZ Jan. 27 – 28, 2014: International...

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Rock stars: Sherris Cottier Shank

Waterfall Suite of aquamarine, 1.5" to 2.5", 1994, by Sherris Cottier Shank

Sherris Cottier Shank has always been fascinated by moving water, particularly waterfalls and streams. She spent years studying and photographing water in natural settings before attempting to portray it in gemstone. No cutter alive can transform stone into water like Shank. Her most distinctive carvings are abstractions of flowing currents carved in aquamarine, sometimes...

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Rock stars: pioneer Bernd Munsteiner

Dom Pedro aquamarine of 10.363 carats carved by Bernd Munsteiner was unveiled on Dec. 6, 2012 (Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History)

World’s largest aquamarine carving, the 10.363-carat Dom Pedro, goes on display Thursday at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. It’s no surprise to find the carver chosen to sculpt this 14-inch obelisk was Bernd Munsteiner. Those familiar with Munsteiner’s work will recognize the distinctive reverse cuts, patterns of slashes that bring out...

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Jewelry & gem exhibits in 2012

Jewelry & gem exhibits in 2012

Whether you're in the mood for avant garde design, rare gemstone carvings, or historical treasures, here are some temporary exhibits of gems and jewelry worth a trip this year.

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Intergem: gem & jewelry shows for the public (free admission)

Intergem: gem & jewelry shows for the public (free admission)

Jewelry lovers – and makers without wholesale I.D.s who want gems and beads – can now get free admission to the popular Intergem shows. Founded four decades ago, International Gem & Jewelry Shows were one of the first to sell commercial jewelry to the public, with the broad selection and prices (from $5 to...

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Thinking outside the jewelry box

Thinking outside the jewelry box

I admit it. I’m obsessed with jewelry boxes. This is partly because my own jewelry is overflowing my current jewelry box, stashed in various velvet boxes and satin bags and getting harder and harder to find. But I also love the idea of beautiful containers for beautiful ornaments. In a perfect world, I would...

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