Antique synthetics

Antique synthetics. Synthetic gems have become a major talking point in the jewelry business thanks to some new production methods in the growing of diamonds, but synthetics have been around since the 1870s.  Really.  We’ve had antique synthetics for decades. … Continued

Blood Diamonds

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Blood Diamonds What Are Blood Diamonds? Conflict Resources The exploitation of people in poor countries by gangs, rebels and even corrupt legitimate governments is an ongoing global problem. The term “Conflict Diamonds” or “Blood Diamonds” implies diamonds polished from rough … Continued

Appraisal links

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Appraisal Links   Appraisal sites we like. AGR has been in the jewelry business for quite a while and we’ve developed a lot of friends and contacts.  Here are a few.  You’ll notice, by the way, that there are no … Continued

Costs of Gems

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Cost of gems It’s amazing that the cost of gems isn’t listed as one of the basic 4 C’s since it is the one thing that absolutely EVERY customer asks about and it even happens to start with ‘C’. Here … Continued

Investing in Diamonds

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Investing in Diamonds Wouldn’t it be great to get rich in diamonds? Investing in diamonds profitably takes a ton of education. Most of those who invest in diamonds have been in the industry with family ties for generations. Opportunity abounds … Continued

Jewelry insurance.

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Jewelry Insurance One of the primary reasons for getting an appraisal is for purposes of securing jewelry insurance coverage. The insurance companies require it because it defines exactly what it is that they are insuring. Most insurance companies will replace … Continued