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Rocks & Minerals always seemed to fascinate me as a child. I collected Rocks and Sea Glass on the beach here in Massachusetts where I'm from, noticing all the colors, textures and patterns always wondering if there was something more to these simple objects I was told were just rocks
I myself as many Mineralologists & Gemologists do, challenge information supplied to us on a day by day basis, debating and questioning information to both the solved and unsolved mysteries if you will of our profession.
There are many new synthetic mineral and gem materials being created every year. This year there has been much controversie as to how and if synthetic diamond will become the big hit that many are raving about. I't seems the emphasis is both pro and con depending on who you ask.
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Hi Emily. The 9c means 9 carat gold and other letters are all part of the hall mark or makers mark. Try contacting any government agencies in your country that regulate jewelers and they may know who the
Nice photo. Good question. I hate to say it but I dont know this hallmark. Judgeing from the shape and cut of the stones they have very small table facets that indicate they are probaly 100 years old hoever
9 carat is usualy from the UK. Feel free to email me a photo if you have one. Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) I am offering you help by asking you for a photo. In exchange your giving me a poor rating. Why
Dear Laurie, Your asking for me to verify (32) sapphires or topaz without seeing them and you want me to clarity and color grade these stones that I can't see. I would be happy to help you if you would
Scott, You dont have the proper expertise to evaluate these stones nor the proper equipment. A heat conductivity meter is not the proper way to test these stones. I ould need to see these stones to properly
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