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Typhoon, Trade Wars and Currency Lows Dampen Hong Kong Shows

Business at the September Hong Kong Gem and Jewellery Shows was spotty, despite a strong world economy. Buyers left early to avoid Typhoon Mangkhut.

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Fall for Autumn Gems

Nature gives us a brilliant palette of color-changing leaves and a spectacular kaleidoscope of colorful sunsets during the fall season.

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Beads: The World’s First Jewelry

Beads are an undeniable staple of personal adornment around the world. Discover how they cut across political, socio-economic and cultural boundaries.

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Colored Stone Cut Quality: What to Look For

Part 5 of 5 in the series “Value Factors, Design, and Cut Quality of Colored Gemstones (Non-Diamond)” explores craftsmanship’s bearing on cut quality.

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Factors in Colored Stones that Interact to Affect Value

Part 4 of 5 in the series "Value Factors, Design, and Cut Quality of Colored Gemstones (Non-Diamond)" digs deeper into cutters’ choices and explores additional factors used in the trade to assess relative value.

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Colored Stone Darkness & Brightness

Part 3 of 5 in the series “Value Factors, Design, and Cut Quality of Colored Gemstones (Non-Diamond)” examines how cutting decisions can have a profound effect on a gemstone’s color quality.

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