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A gem dealer's journal — jewellery

A Gem Dealer’s Journal: The Lady in Green: Interview of Zoe Michelou

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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: The Lady in Green: Interview of Zoe Michelou

Hey Loungers, Today we interview our friend Zoe Michelou from Imperial Colors and we’ll be discussing about her path in the gem trade. Daughter of a prominent coloured-gems sourcing entrepreneur and emerald specialist, Zoe has made a name for herself in the fine quality gem segment. Discover with us today how she got involved in the trade and what pushed her to pursue the mine to market path she is now on. Without any further delay, we give you Zoe Michelou!   Here is Zoe Michelou looking at some fine emeralds in Colombia - Photo Credits: Zoe Michelou   AsiaLounges: First...

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A Gem Dealer's Journal: The rebirth of hand made jewellery, interviewing Jeremy Dunn

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A Gem Dealer's Journal: The rebirth of hand made jewellery, interviewing Jeremy Dunn

Hey Loungers,    Today we have the pleasure to interview a new acquaintance of ours: Jeremy Dunn. He is a talented Seattle based jeweller who has won 3rd place in the 2020 AGTA Spectrum awards.    Jeremy, whom we discovered during the very same Tucson show, follows a path that is not unlike that of our pal Jason Marchiafava in that he hand makes his jewellery instead of using the more modern CAD systems to develop his models.     Let us see in this interview how he came to be the artist he is today and what drove him to take the traditional approach rather than the modern one.   ...

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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Gem designing in Australia with Laura Phillis

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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Gem designing in Australia with Laura Phillis

Hey Loungers,

As you may have noticed, we have had a fair few gem cutters coming through our columns recently. Today, we interview the newly appointed president of the South Australian division of the G.A.A. (Gemmological Association of Australia), Madame the President Laura Phillis!

Laura is a famed lapidary artist, whom is more widely known by her company name on Instagram: Tatum Gems, who’s made a name for herself for coming up with brand new gem designs as well as for being a gemmological teacher in her native Australia.

We had the opportunity of meeting her recently during the 2020 edition of the Tucson show where she agreed to answer to our questions.

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A Gem Dealer's Journal: First video interview with Marie Bellard, Laura Phillis and Justin K Prim during Tucson 2020

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A Gem Dealer's Journal: First video interview with Marie Bellard, Laura Phillis and Justin K Prim during Tucson 2020

Hey Loungers, In this interview, done during Tucson 2020, we will be having a three way discussion about western style gem cutting, the differences between hobby cutters and professional ones as well as to discussing about the main differences that one may encounter as they are looking at competition cutters VS commercial cutters. In this interview you will find Laura Phillis from Tatum Gems Australia, Marie Alice Bellard from Amaterra Gems USA and lastly, our pal Justin K Prim from Magus Gems Bangkok and your favourite question slinger of course: Myself! Hope you'll like it and see you soon in...

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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Outta the Blue: Robert Gessner’s interview

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A Gem Dealer’s Journal: Outta the Blue: Robert Gessner’s interview

"More interesting to the readers will be the mining licenses: once a private or public organisation is looking into a new or existing mining license, exploration would have delineated the potential resource (note: I do not say reserve – because reserve means the gems are guaranteed, which is not the case in the coloured gemstone mining industry). The mining department works with the geology department to calculate the desired scale of operations and decide on the best mining method to access and extract the gemstone ore (resource). The size of the resource, coupled to the chosen mining method generates a life-of-mine. Obviously, I am summarising a very complex process." - Says Gessner in his interview with AsiaLounges' A Gem Dealer's Journal

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