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#42 - Heaven Can Wait

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, June 20th, 2019 at 6:20 am

I have many clients that over the years have purchased or acquired possessions that they love dearly. It could be jewelry, coins, art, statuary, watches so on and so on. Of all these items these f...

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#41 - Balto vs. Coco

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at 6:40 am

When I would spend time in Alaska, I came to know of a famous dog named Balto, a Siberian Husky. Balto was the lead dog in a dog sled team that ran the last hundred miles or so to deliver a much...

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#40 - "This No Cash Money!"

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 at 9:14 am

Living in Hawaii there were large communities of people from various Asian countries. They each had large numbers of restaurants, food stores, nightclubs, and churches. So, a lot of young girls fro...

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#39 - The Prince of Pearl

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at 3:20 pm

In my travels I have seen a lot. One of my favorite stories is about a Saudi Prince. First of all, there are 15,000 Saudi prince’s and the population of Saudi Arabia is approximately 33 milli...

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#38 - The Fortunate One

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, April 25th, 2019 at 8:15 am

In 1968 I was 15 years old just entering High School. A lot was going on in the world and it seemed like I was sheltered from all the outside influences. There was a song out by a band CCR called T...

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#37 - Good Time, Bad Times, We've All Had Our Share

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, April 11th, 2019 at 1:57 pm

It is close to Easter and there has always been a tradition in the regions of Russian and Baltic countries to give friends, neighbors, or loved ones, a decorated Easter Egg. These eggs would be mad...

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#36 - Not Everything Shiny is a Gemstone

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at 2:01 pm

When I would travel to Alaska to appraise jewelry, I acquired a sort of following of people who would come to see me when I was in their town. At first, I didn’t think much about it, but then...

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#35 - Is This Your Ring?

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, March 14th, 2019 at 8:08 am

When I was a youngster, like maybe 8 years old, our family lived on The St. Clair River. Well, in the summertime we got our fill of swimming in the blue water. One time, one of my older sisters ha...

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#34 - Why Don't You Love Me Like You Used To Do?

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at 9:10 pm

Through my time of selling things to clients I could see the passion and love in their eyes when they were purchasing something for their loved one. I saw several different scenarios in these purc...

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#33 - Doing Time in the Brig

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, February 14th, 2019 at 10:20 am

When I would appraise jewelry for our military personal, one of my stops was The Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange. In the early 1980’s this base was considered the Grand Daddy of them all. To my kn...

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#32 - Fishing for Diamonds

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, January 31st, 2019 at 12:21 pm

When I would travel to Alaska to appraise jewelry, I would have to take a side trip from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula. This would require a 40 minute flight on a small 8 to 15 passenger plane. ...

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#31 - It's This Because It Isn't That

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, January 17th, 2019 at 6:56 pm

In 1989 I was burglarized at my place of business in downtown Honolulu. I learned that a burglary is when you aren’t present as opposed to a robbery which is when you are there when it occurs...

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#30 - Thy Kingdom Come

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 at 7:23 pm

Being a gemologist/appraiser I first started as a jewelry appraiser, which taught me to learn how to appraise a number of other things. One of which was coins. Coins have been around all thru time ...

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#29 - California Dreamin'

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, December 20th, 2018 at 7:24 pm

I would travel, and boy would I see and hear a lot. Nothing ever surprised me. So one swing thru Southern California, stopping in places like Palmdale, where Edwards Air Force Base (alternate site ...

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#28 - 20/20 Vision

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 at 7:24 pm

So, I watch numerous shows involving investigative reporting for various news agencies. Some are very entertaining and involve a lot of hard work and skill. The investigator can be very conscious o...

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#27 - A Dollar Down and the Chase is On

Posted by LaLonde on Monday, November 26th, 2018 at 7:26 pm

So a lot of people who read these articles are flush with money and always have been. So, they might not follow what this one is about. But I am talking about the folks that have had stretches of f...

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#26 - Sobel Opals

Posted by LaLonde on Sunday, November 11th, 2018 at 7:35 pm

There was a time that I traveled extensively from store to store, city to city and state to state appraising jewelry. So one particular occasion I was in a store in Kahului, Maui. I had teamed up w...

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#25 - When The Rocks Began To Roll

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, October 25th, 2018 at 7:37 pm

Back in the early 80’s I had a gem laboratory upstairs in The First Hawaiian bank building in Kaimuki Hawaii. There was a guy, Michael, who had figured out how to contact people selling cars,...

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#24 - The Value Of A Ring Back In Seventy Two

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, October 11th, 2018 at 7:40 pm

In 1972 I traveled to Europe and Africa I was 19 years old. I was traveling with a friend Brian. We had limited funds and we learned how to stretch them. We had a car, so we would drive and sleep i...

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#23 - And You Thought All She Had Was A Bunch Of Shoes

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at 7:42 pm

In the year 1986 there were elections in the Philippines for the presidency. After claims of voter rigging and mass protest by the Filipino people the 20 year reign of the Marcos’s Ended. On ...

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#22 - Crystal Growth

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, September 13th, 2018 at 7:43 pm

Crystals are the basis for gems. Gems are all cut out of crystals that grow in the ground. Usually, these crystals form in molten pegmatite dikes, which form in the final stage of the magma’s...

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#21 - A Lady Named Grasshopper

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, August 30th, 2018 at 7:47 pm

So when I started to learn about gems, I thought of their properties and their ability to reflect light, the color, the pureness of the color, and how the combination of these things please your ey...

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#20 - The Day I Met God

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, August 16th, 2018 at 7:48 pm

Richard T. Liddicoat, 1918-2002Since 1940, Richard T. Liddicoat’s contributions to gemological education, diamond quality grading, gem identification, and gemological research and instrument ...

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#19 - You’re Buying a Diamond?

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 at 7:50 pm

This is important! First, let me tell you, a large percentage of the people in the diamond and jewelry industry are very conscientious and caring people who are extremely concerned that the indust...

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#18 - These People Had Rocks In Their Head

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, July 19th, 2018 at 7:52 pm

As a gemologist, I have been hired for all types of reasons. Some of the reasons: valuing items seized by US Customs, helping attorneys to value and separate jewelry for divorce cases, valuing item...

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#17 - Hawaii Has Gems Too!

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, July 5th, 2018 at 7:52 pm

When we think of Hawaii, we think of sandy beaches, palm trees, the moon over the South Pacific, and warm trade winds. Right now as you read this, Kilauea volcano is erupting. What a lot of people ...

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#16 - So, You Wanna Sell Your Diamond

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at 7:53 pm

Most couples wanting to get married usually go out looking for diamonds. They have an idea of what they are looking for. For the most part, they are in their mid-twenties and it is probably their f...

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#15 - Largest Industries Compared to the Diamond Industry

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, June 7th, 2018 at 7:54 pm

I wondered how the diamond industry stacked up against other industries. Like comparing how much is made, how many they employ, and how it compares to the oil, auto, food or pharmaceutical industri...

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#14 - Diamond Prices & DeBeers Ltd

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at 7:56 pm

So, I am hell bent on figuring out when the first diamonds were found. Most documentation credits India in the beginning of the 4th century B.C. It appears that in 1725 Brazil discovered diamonds t...

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#13 - Great White North The 49th State

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, May 10th, 2018 at 7:57 pm

At one point I told you that I would share some of my experiences with you. And I got to thinking, I spent 10 years making three trips each year to Alaska to appraise jewelry. I could fill page aft...

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#12 - Mel Fisher - The Atocha and the Isabella Emerald

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, April 26th, 2018 at 7:58 pm

Well, nice vacation. Key West fishing. One thing I did was go to the Mel Fisher Museum, in Key West. Mel has been credited as one of the greatest treasure hunters of all time. At the museum I saw t...

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#11 - How Long Have Gems Been In Existence?

Posted by Stephanie on Thursday, March 29th, 2018 at 8:01 pm

So I have been wondering just how long gems have been in existence.  There are some factors in determining this: who in history wrote of gems and who was able to document gems from back in tim...

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#10 - The Sancy Diamond

Posted by Stephanie on Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at 8:01 pm

A shield shaped modified brilliant cut of old mine style cutting. Old mine cutting is a term for stones believed to be cut from the earliest known mines of India or Brazil. The pale yellow diamond ...

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#9 - Iranian Royal Jewels - Part 3

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at 8:12 pm

Third in a three-part series, taking an in-depth look at the jewels from IRAN. Iran has one of the most extensive collections of jewels in the world. In 1935 Persia became Iran, the name Iran...

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#8 - Iranian Royal Jewels - Part 2

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Friday, February 16th, 2018 at 8:18 pm

Second in a three-part series. An in-depth look at the jewels from IRAN. Iran has one of the most extensive collections of jewels in the world. In 1935 Persia became Iran, the name Iran is the Per...

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#7 - Iranian Royal Jewels - Part 1

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, February 1st, 2018 at 8:23 pm

First in a three-part series. Over the next three newsletters, we will take an in-depth look at the jewels from IRAN. Iran has one of the most extensive collections of jewels in the world. In 1935...

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#6 - Gem Quality

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at 8:24 pm

Out of the 133 million carats of diamonds mined each year in the world only 20% are gem quality.  I believe the majority of people in the world think that diamonds that are mined are mostly us...

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#5 - The French Blue

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, December 21st, 2017 at 8:25 pm

 In the year 1666, a French gem dealer on one of his five trips to India, purchased or stole a 112+ carat grey blue triangular rough diamond. His name was Jean Baptiste Tavernier the stone wa...

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#4 - Largest Diamond Ever Found

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at 8:26 pm

On January 25, 1905, a rough crystal diamond was found at the premiere mine in Transvaal in the southern region of Africa. The rough weighed 1.33 lbs. or 3106 carats. The stone was called...

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#3 - Just How Tough are Gems?

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Monday, November 27th, 2017 at 8:26 pm

Gems can be classified by a number which is a measure of their hardness. The scale of hardness is called the "Mohs" Scale. The scale is numbered from 1 to 10, and classifies gems and...

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#2 - The Big Hole

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at 8:28 pm

The Big Hole  In 1867, diamonds were found in South Africa. Although diamonds had been around for a long time, this was the start of the largest production diamond mine to date. This started ...

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#1 - Becoming an Expert

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 8:29 pm

  I went to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to become a gemologist - the year was 1979. When I graduated, I was 26 years old. After a couple of years of appraising jewelry throug...

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