Take a virtual trip to see where gemstones are found all over the world.
Learn how one man discovered beautiful California turquoise gemstones by taking the time to appreciate Nature's beauty. Take his desert prospecting advice.
Old Mine Tales that were submitted as letters to Faceter's Digest. They are a personal history of the author's experiences with the mines in North Carolina
Peter Brusaschi explains how he felt when he first discovered the opal town of Yowah in the outback opal fields of Australia.
My goal is to share with each of you the fun and folklore or gemstones. Since this is my first article for IGS, my goal is to introduce you to the difference between a rock, mineral and a gemstone.
Visit one of the top gem hunting spots in the US. Go alone or with the family. A gemology-themed vacation can be fun, educational, and (maybe) profitable.
Agate stones typically form slowly in the cavities of ancient hardened lava flows. Learn where you can see this process occurring today.
Turkey's gemstones include well-known species such as diaspore, chalcedony, and jade, as well as unusual specimens of lesser-known gems. Learn more here.
Read multiple reviews of the renowned annual February Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, from 2002 to current shows, by both expert and novice gemologists.
Some opals from Spencer, Idaho show asterism or the “star stone” effect. Learn how to price these beautiful but rare star opals.
The Quartzsite gem shows attract gemologists and rock hounds from around the world. Learn what to expect and how to shop at these huge annual events.
The Esperanza is the most valuable diamond ever mined in the US. Learn the story behind the find and the unique triolette cut designed to showcase this gem.
Colorado has a lot to offer gemologists and rock hunters. Before you visit, learn about Colorado gemstones as well as notable gem shows, museums, and clubs.
New to the gem trade, or just a hobbyist? Don't be intimidated! Follow these tips for your first gem show to make the most out of the event.
With over 900 vendors and numerous geologic rarities, the 2017 Denver Gem & Mineral Showcase had plenty to see. Read about some highlights in our report!
With rich cornflower blue Yogo sapphires and fancy-colored gems in any color of the rainbow, Montana sapphires are a great choice for any jewelry piece. Learn more about what makes Montana sapphires and Yogo sapphires unique.
The town of Coober Pedy, Australia produces more opal than anywhere else. Its culture has been thoroughly shaped by opal mining. Learn more about this colorful location and the methods used to hunt for precious opals.
Gem experts compare the bright, neon-green hues of Ethiopian emeralds to paraíba tourmalines and extra-fine Colombian emeralds. Learn what you need to know about this new find, including quality, pricing, gemology, and how these gems stack up against those from traditional sources.
As Mogok, Myanmar prepares to celebrate its 800th anniversary, the inhabitants of this prolific gem producing region face an uncertain future. Learn about the domestic and international pressures that threaten their livelihoods and how this unique community may yet endure.