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Gemstones: the Journey from Rough to Cut
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Gemstones: the Journey from Rough to Cut

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Gem Days are here once again with all of the beautiful gems and jewelry! So I am here to help with the very difficult decision of what to choose. Below are a few of my favorite minerals faceted and set in beautiful pieces of jewelry.   First, is the ever regal amethyst. These purple beauties […]

The 4 Cs of Diamonds: How to Buy a Diamond
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The 4 Cs of Diamonds: How to Buy a Diamond

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How do you know which is the right diamond for you? When you learn about the 4 Cs of diamonds, you’ll delve into the utterly dazzling world of this exquisite gemstone. Understanding the 4 Cs of diamond quality is a great way to learn how to buy a diamond because it is an internationally accepted […]

The JTV Experience 2018
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The JTV Experience 2018

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Picture it.  A table-sized chunk of juicy watermelon tourmaline crystals clinging to their rocky matrix waiting for you to pour over its hot pink centers and green rinds.  Bright sparkles of light teasing your eyes as they dance across the expertly polished surfaces of rainbow-colored gemstones just inches from your fingertips.  The contagious, rolling laughter […]

A Closer Look at Petrified Wood
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A Closer Look at Petrified Wood

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Have you ever seen a piece of petrified wood and wondered where it came from? How it was created? Why it’s so dense and feels like stone? Well you’ve come to the right place! We’re here to answer your questions about this interesting process. Petrified wood is a fossil. It can form in several different […]

Rare Minerals at Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2018
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Rare Minerals at Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2018

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As a geologist, an aspiring gemologist, and a member of the JTV team, I have been exposed to a wide array of minerals that make up the world we live in. Some are gem materials that are hardly ever used in industrial settings, while others we inadvertently touch every day in the products we use. […]

Colorful Creations from the Artisan of India Collection
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Colorful Creations from the Artisan of India Collection

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India is a nation of vibrant culture and even more vibrant colors. This is especially true during the spring festival of Holi. Holi is a celebration of the arrival of spring and the coming harvests. They do this by throwing brightly colored powders on friends and neighbors giving way to Holi’s common name, The Festival […]

All About Gemstones Inclusions
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All About Gemstones Inclusions

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Everyone has their own set of internal characteristics and gemstones are no different. Some gemstones have distinctive, eye-catching features or organic matter such as plants and bugs trapped inside them. These unique gemstone “inclusions” can affect the gemstone’s value and make them even more collectible. Just another reason it’s always good to be included! Join […]

JTV at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
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JTV at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

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The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is the largest showcase of gems, fossils and minerals in the world. JTV has been attending for nearly three decades, and this year was no exception. In fact, JTV sent more than 20 employees to the show in 2018 — each with different goals and expectations. From newbies to […]

Opal Gemstone Fun Facts
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Opal Gemstone Fun Facts

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What do you think of when someone mentions Australia? Kangaroos, koala bears and shrimp on the barbie? Well, did you know you can also find the Queen of Gemstones there too, the Opal? Opal gemstones have a phenomenal play-of-color that attracts the attention of gem lovers through the ages. Get the “down under” opal facts […]

The Loupe: A Gemologist’s Best Friend
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The Loupe: A Gemologist’s Best Friend

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Stay in the loop on your gemstone education with tools to help you evaluate your treasures. Join Gem Expert and Rockhound, Renata, as she returns to her alma mater, the University of Arizona, to visit the lab where she was trained. You’ll be introduced to geological tools and learn how to use a jeweler’s favorite, […]

The History of Birthstones
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The History of Birthstones

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Unearth the colorful history of birthstones with us! The custom of wearing one’s birthstone dates back centuries, but the history of birthstones themselves actually goes back even further. Some scholars believe that birthstones share a connection to the 12 Tribes of Israel. Others date birthstones to the 1st century A.D. when scholars assigned gemstones to […]

Exploring American Gemstones
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Exploring American Gemstones

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Exotic gemstones can be found all over the world, especially in remote places. But what about the gems located closer to home in the United States? Let’s head west to explore American gemstones such as sunstone, fire opal, turquoise, peridot, sapphire, rhodochrosite, and garnet. Join Gem Expert and Rockhound, Renata, as she uncovers some of our favorite […]

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