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Why we love and collect gems

Precious and semi-precious stones have long been revered for their beauty. The ancient Greeks are thought to have originally drawn the distinction between precious and semi-precious gemstones. While the term precious refers to gemstones that are considered …

Gemstone spotlight: Pearls

Moh Hardness Scale: 2.5 to 4.5 Specific Gravity: 2.6 - 2.85 Refractive Index: 1.52 - 1.69 Colour: White, pink, yellow, silver, black, blue, green   Pearls are some of the oldest of all gemstones, perhaps the oldest. Valued since ancient …

The Four C’s of Diamonds

When buying diamonds, it is vital to understand the prime gem factors that influence both the aesthetics and the price of the stone. Customers must consider the four Cs: colour, clarity, cut and carats when deciding on what diamond they wish to …

The gems hobby-business ran with love

Seller: sungems Name: Heleen Rossouw Heleen describes her bidorbuy selling venture as a “semi-full-time-hobby-supplementary-income business”. Her main income derives from a family-run company in the services industry, the Cape Town based Enviro-Safe Pest …