#111 - A Different Stone

Posted on Thursday, February 24th, 2022 at 8:53 am by LaLonde Jewelers

The Olympics and the Super Bowl just ended.

Recently I watched some of the Winter Olympics and one event is Curling. Now, I know what you are thinking, “why is The Gem Expert talking about Curling?” Well, did you know the curling device is called a stone. Yes, a granite stone. And yes, all gems are stones so that opened the gates.

Curling started in Scotland in or around 1650 and started with flat river bed stones that were slid across the ice to achieve a position and gather a score. Over the years the Canadians perfected the sport to the point where we Americans in the Northern States could watch it on the Canadian stations, this boring sport.

Then suddenly in 1998 it became an Olympic sport and now several countries around the world are involved in sliding these stones to outwit their opponents. It is sort of like shuffleboard on Ice. Now if you were to watch one of these events you may become interested. But I remember when Ice hockey was only popular in northern regions of the USA and in Canada and it took a guy like Gretzky to go to Los Angeles and get into that Hollywood crowd and hockey exploded.

It won’t be long before someone in a high-profile area will be a curling sensation and this sport will blow up.


Now remember these devices are granite stones, much too heavy to wear, and a gem stone like a ruby or diamond that weighs 1/100 of it can be worth thousands and thousands of times more. Just wait and see if it catches on there could be one day a Curling Super Bowl.

Written by Dan LaLonde, G.G., G.I.A.
Lalonde Jewelers & Gemologists
The Gem Expert