Beautiful Ethiopian Emeralds

There has been a trickle of emeralds from Ethiopia for decades, but a new find in 2016 has created quite a stir in the gem trade. Learn about the quality, source area, and gemology of this deposit and how pricing of Ethiopian emeralds compares to those from other sources. Quality of Ethiopian Emeralds As with […]

Let Me Tell You About Opals

The name “opal” originates from the Greek word opallios, which meant “to see a change in color.” The Roman scholar Pliny used the word opalus when he wrote about this gem’s kaleidoscopic “play” of colors that could simulate shades of any stone.  Opal’s characteristic “play-of-color” was explained in the 1960s, when scientists discovered that it’s […]