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FREE GEMMOLOGY COURSES AND RESEOURCES

I was recently contacted by Paul Gian who has spent some time trawling the internet to compile a list of free on line gemmology courses and resources. He has kindly agreed to share the information here, so below is a list of the sites he has found, and here is his main page: http://beyond4cs.com/free-gemology-courses-and-resources/ This will be of interest to […]

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The Mining of Ethiopian Opal

This Gem Hunt video is really interesting as it takes you on a journey to Ethiopia in search of quality Ethiopian opals. It highlights the bureaucracy dealers have to face when trying to buy leagally within the country; how the opal is mined; how it is sold and how difficult it is to get to the mining area. Sit back […]

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What is a Macle diamond?

Below is a video I recorded to demonstrate what a macle diamond is, a twinned crystal. This is a natural, rough macle diamond and has not been touched in any way.

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SCEPTER QUARTZ

  SCEPTER QUARTZ       Quartz is one of my favourite minerals, possibly because it can grow and form in a multitude of different ways and colours. In this article I want to talk about scepter quartz. It is a fairly rare occurrence and special circumstances have to be in place for their formation.       So what […]

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World’s largest pearl.

This pearl is now officially the world’s largest. Weighing in at around 75 pounds and measuring around 2 foot by 1 foot, this giant pearl is estimated to be worth nearly $1 million. It was found by a Phillipino fisherman 10 years ago who kept it hidden all this time, not really realising it’s worth. Click below for a video […]

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How gemstones are formed.

Crystals and minerals tend to take millions of years to form. The larger the crystal the longer it has generally taken to grow. This video put out by National Geographic gives us a glimpse of this amazing natural phenomena.  

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THE WORLD’S LARGEST GEODE?

Heineman’s winery in Ohio is home to possibly the world’s largest geode. In 1897 workers discovered this cave 40 feet below the surface whilst excavating a well. The video explains and gives all the information you need. The walls of this cave are covered in strontium sulfate, a blueish mineral called celestite. These crystals range from 8 to 18 inches […]

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COLLECT YOUR OWN DIAMONDS Fancy collecting your own diamonds? Then there is only one place where you can actually be the miner of diamonds, and that is in the Arkansas Diamond mine at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, USA. For some in depth reading about it click here.

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NEW BLUE JOHN VEIN In the news recently is the fact that a new Blue John fluorite vein has been discovered for the first time in 150 years. The full story can be read here.

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WORLD’S BEST OPAL?

WORLD’S BEST OPAL? A new opal has been put on display for the very first time as probably the worlds best opal in the world. The full article can be  read here.    

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HEAT TREATING TANZANITES

HEAT TREATING TANZANITES This is an interesting article about the treatment used for tanzanites and how it differs from how they treat sapphires and rubies which are normally coloured. The full article can be viewed here: Heat treating tanzanites

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NEW BLUE SPINEL FIND

NEW BLUE SPINEL FIND This is a very comprehensive article about a new find of blue spinel that comes from Vietnam. The article goes into minute detail about spinels in general and also about the conditions and geology of growth and formation. Some stunning cut stones are now available without any messing with the stone, such as heating or treating. […]

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NEW EMERALD AND TOURMALINE MINES

NEW EMERALD AND TOURMALINE MINES A very interesting article written for the GIA about their trip to Brazil to see first hand some emerald and tourmaline mines. Lots of photos and videos with indepth information. You can read the full article here: Brazil expedition

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NEW COPPER MINE

NEW COPPER MINE This is an interesting article on the 6th largest copper mine in the world. Some amazing underground photos give you an idea of what life is like to work undeground. The full article can be found here: http://www.mining.com/worlds-largest-underground-mine-looks-like-38052/

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NEW ETHIOPIAN BLACK OPAL

NEW ETHIOPIAN BLACK OPAL A new deposit of black opal has been found in Ethiopia at the Stayish mine in Wello. This material is different from the usual white variety normally found here, in that the base pitch is almost black. The full article can be read here: http://www.gia.edu/gems-gemology/winter-2014-gemnews-new-deposit-black-opal-from-ethiopia

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BLUE MOON DIAMOND

BLUE MOON DIAMOND The Blue Moon diamond, discovered in January 2014 at the historic Cullinan mine in South Africa, is of significance from both trade and scientific perspectives. The 29.62 ct rough yielded a 12.03 ct Fancy Vivid blue, Internally Flawless gem. The rough sold for $25.6 million so what is the faceted stone worth I wonder? Find out more […]

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TUSCON MINERAL SHOW 2010

TUSCON MINERAL SHOW 2010 Better late than never I suppose. This will be my Tucson report for 2010. Some changes had taken place this year in Tucson, such as The Innsuites being renamed and at last the I10 road finally being finished, which was very good. No real finds were around this year to cause a stir except that I […]

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NAICA GIANT SELENITE CRYSTALS

NAICA GIANT SELENITE CRYSTALS HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone and many thanks for continuing to support Crystal Vine. The BBC showed a new program on the television yesterday entitled “How the Earth made us” which is about how geology, geography and climate have influenced mankind. One of the spectacular sites it shows is the huge gypsum crystals in the caves […]

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