The Inside Scoop

  • Introducing Gem Dragon Points!

    Redeeming Gem Dragon Points   Every purchase* earns points that can be used for discounts1. One point is awarded for every $10 s...
  • The Umba Valley's Buried History

    Out beyond the land of cellphones and electricity is a village in the Umba Valley called Kigwasi. It's located at the end of a long red clay road t...
  • On Ethical Gems

    Ethics is such a tricky subject when the conversation is gems. I often see the term used as a marketing gimmick or hashtag with little understandin...
  • How We Grade Our Rough

    I’ve been thinking a lot the last few weeks about writing a blog post which explains the process and terms we use to describe our stones. No bette...
  • What A Little Heat Can Do

    We buy parcels of zircons and I usually pick out the darkest colors and let them collect until I feel like dealing with them. As one might im...
  • Grading Garnet Color

    Often I make reference to Garnets being "Color A", "B" or "C" and so I wanted to make a quick demonstration post showing what that means. In Ta...
  • AUCTION HOUSE GRAND OPENING!!!

    INTRODUCING THE AUCTION HOUSE!    Welcome to our newest innovation: The Auction House – an exciting way to buy and collect.  I didn’t realize thi...
  • WE BUY FACET ROUGH COLLECTIONS!

    Everything from exceptional singles to entire collections.  Since no expensive international travel is required, we are able to pay top dollar. We ...
  • Just Say: Start A Box!

    Did you know that folks who have boxes with us receive their own personalized promo code so that they get free shipping after their first order fr...
  • Giving Back - How We Are Helping In Myanmar

          The donation has been made from our last auction to benefit the surviving families of the Hpakant jade mine ...
  • Alluvial vs. Primary

    If you're new to buying rough-like we all were at some point- then it's important to know the difference between "primary" and "alluvial." The mi...
  • The Inside Scoop

    This pile of stones is affectionately called "Tunduru Mix" because this is how they come when mined in the Tunduru area of Tanzania. They are lit...