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A gem dealer's journal

A Gem Dealer´s Journal: No, Everything that comes from Asia isn’t cheap or mass produced!

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A Gem Dealer´s Journal: No, Everything that comes from Asia isn’t cheap or mass produced!

Hey Loungers,    As you can see we have been keeping up our promise of delivering a nice and constant flow of interviews in early 2019!  Today, we interview our friend “Huckleberry” jeweller and jewellery designer at Jai 108 Presents here in Bangkok. The idea behind this interview is simply to break an enduring myth: Everything that comes from Asia isn’t cheap or mass produced! So here it comes!   Huckleberry at work for Jai 108 Presents   AsiaLounges: Hi Huck, thanks for joining us today for this interview and to help us debunk the myth of Made in Asia...

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A Gems Dealer's Journal: A guide to gem buying and bespoke jewellery making!

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A Gems Dealer's Journal: A guide to gem buying and bespoke jewellery making!

Hey Loungers,  While some of you may have already read our 2016 article on the topic, we figured that a little refresher probably couldn't hurt.  It is undeniable that nowadays the attraction for colour gem is on the rise yet, very few actually know what they are buying and this could lead to a somewhat rude awakening.  In this article we intend on discussing some of the main points that one needs to know when purchasing a gem such as: treatment, cut, clarity, carat weight, origin and of course the importance of a serious gemological report backing your purchase as well...

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Interviewing “Pu Tzu”, serial entrepreneur and gem hunter extraordinaire!

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Interviewing “Pu Tzu”, serial entrepreneur and gem hunter extraordinaire!

Hey Loungers,  First of all, thank you all for your continued support and, of course, for being here again today reading our Gem Dealer’s journal! Today, we interview our pal “Pu Tzu”, who, besides looking surprisingly like the Foo Fighters’ lead singer: Dave Grohl, is among the most iconic natural treasure hunters this business has! So, without any further delay, let’s get going with our interview!   Discover our pal Pu Tzu from the Uncarved Block   AsiaLounges: First of all, thanks Pu Tzu for being with us today and for accepting to answer our questions. Tell us more about...

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A gem dealer´s journal: The Birth of Hyperion

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A gem dealer´s journal: The Birth of Hyperion

Hey Loungers,  The last time we interviewed E. Billie Hughes was about two years ago, as Lotus Gemology was growing fast but, we kind of forgot to ask about one of the most talked about features of their lab: Hyperion Photo Library! Some of you may have heard of it here, others have visited it out of professional curiosity while others just wanted to take a look at the art that the Lotus Team, with Billie as their vanguard, produces with a photo camera and a microscope.  This said, few of us know how this amazing tool got created. Billie,...

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Interview with Tiffany & Co´s Former Master Craftsman: Jason Marchiafava:

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Interview with Tiffany & Co´s Former Master Craftsman: Jason Marchiafava:

Hey Loungers,  We have a special treat for you today as we are interviewing our pal, Jason Marchiafava, Tiffany & Co´s history's first and only Master Craftsman. So, without any further delay, let´s jump in this impressive story!   Here is Jason hard at work on the jeweler´s bench AsiaLounges: Hi Jason, first of all thank you very much for agreeing to make some time for us! If you don´t mind, we´ll start with our traditional introduction: Who are you Jason Marchiafava?   Jason Marchiafava: Hello. I am a third generation jeweler and grew up in my family’s jewelry store. I found...

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