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“Traffic light” Emerald

Emeralds too have an important role in our company’s history. During the late 1970s, members of the Israeli Precious Stones Exchange sent me to examine rough emeralds which were being mined in Zambia. I took some of my gemological instruments and spent over a year evaluating rough that had been mined in the area between...
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THE STORY OF TSAVORITE our green love.

Tsavorite, the green variety of garnet, together with tanzanite, has a special place in our company’s heart.  In the mid 1970’s my father, Menahem, first met tsavorite in Kenya and in Tanzania. At that time one amazing man and two ladies were involved in the world of this gem. The first was the late Campbell...
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Aquamarine March Birthstone

AQUAMARINE Aquamarine possesses a special rank in our company’s history. It was way back in 1977 in Zambia, that my father Menahem, together with a local and very honorable figure, started mining Aquamarine near Lundazi in what was called the “corner mine”. The crystals found were quite small, no more than two to five grams...
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Very Peri

Very Peri Very Peri, the periwinkle violet-blue blended with red, that Panton chose as the color of the year, is a very special color for Advanced Quality. Since the very first day that I encountered tanzanite in Arusha more than 20 years ago, I have been startled by the amazing combination of natural colors of...
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Back from Tucson

Back from Tucson So as I had expected, the show was amazing. Some friends were there and some were missing,  but the atmosphere in the air was there, the dry Tucson air, that for just a few weeks became a little more moist. Traffic was steady. In any other show, I would have considered it...
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Garnet January Birthstone

Since our very early days in the trade, we realized that the garnet family, the gemstone of the month of January, is one of the most exciting groups of gems in existence. It has an amazing range of colors and span of values. I remember the first red garnets, which I encountered in Zambia. They...
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The Mysterious Tanzanite

I think every gem dealer has a gem that she/he likes the most. Tanzanite for me is the essence of gems, my blue love, my true love of the mineral world, and yes, like a real lover, it does not always behave the way we expect it to. Tanzanite, the birthstone for December, is fascinating...
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