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The Value Of A Ring Back In Seventy Two

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, October 11th, 2018 at 8:33 am

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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And You Thought All She Had Was A Bunch Of Shoes

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at 8:55 am

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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Crystal Growth

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, September 13th, 2018 at 8:31 am

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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A Lady Named Grasshopper

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, August 30th, 2018 at 8:50 am

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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The Day I Met God

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, August 16th, 2018 at 8:44 am

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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You’re Buying a Diamond?

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 at 8:32 am

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 industr...

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These People Had Rocks In Their Head

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, July 19th, 2018 at 8:41 am

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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Hawaii Has Gems Too!

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, July 5th, 2018 at 7:45 am

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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So, You Wanna Sell Your Diamond

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at 8:44 am

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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Largest Industries Compared to the Diamond Industry

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, June 7th, 2018 at 12:49 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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Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Friday, May 25th, 2018 at 9:30 am

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Diamond Prices and DeBeers Ltd

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at 10:00 am

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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Great White North The 49th State

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, May 10th, 2018 at 8:36 am

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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Mel Fisher - The Atocha and the Isabella Emerald

Posted by LaLonde on Thursday, April 26th, 2018 at 10:03 am

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...

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How Long Have Gems Been In Existence?

Posted by Stephanie on Thursday, March 29th, 2018 at 10:41 am

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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The Sancy Diamond

Posted by Stephanie on Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at 11:04 am

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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Iranian Royal Jewels - Part 3

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at 11:06 am

Third in a three-part series.Taking an in-depth lookat 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 P...

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Iranian Royal Jewels - Part 2

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Friday, February 16th, 2018 at 11:09 am

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 Persi...

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Iranian Royal Jewels - Part 1

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, February 1st, 2018 at 11:11 am

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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Gem Quality

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at 11:13 am

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 used for...

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The French Blue

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, December 21st, 2017 at 4:07 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 ...

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Largest Diamond Ever Found

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at 10:56 am

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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Just How Tough are Gems?

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Monday, November 27th, 2017 at 10:56 am

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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The Big Hole

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at 11:38 am

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 ...

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Becoming an Expert

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 11:39 am

  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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