A three carat diamond whether purchased in New York or Hong Kong should be of similar price for similar quality. The question is not where you buy, but what quality you buy. This informative seminar conducted by Deidre Alejo, a certified gemologist, will provide the attendees with facts about a broad range of familiar and not so familiar gemstones, understanding how quality affects pricing, and the tricks many jewelers use on the unsuspecting consumer. A wide sample of gemstones are shown to illustrate the subtle differences that affect gemstone pricing
Jewels of the Sea - Pearls
Pearls, the oldest gems known to civilization, are the classics of traditional jewelry but one of the least understood gems. This seminar will give in-depth information into how traditional pearls differ from today's commercially farmed cultured pearls. Further insight is given on how pearls are quality graded so attendees can understand the reasons for the widely differing prices from what, to the uninformed, appear to be similar strands of pearls.
EMRUSA - Emeralds, Rubies and Sapphires
Treasures of royalty and object of thousands of years of global conquest, Emeralds, Rubies and Sapphires remain the most desirable of the worlds gemstones. Few consumers really understand these gemstones and some of their surprising relatives. To buy smarter and gain an appreciation from the gemologist and consumer viewpoint, this seminar is a must.
The Fifth "C" - Diamonds
Diamonds are known by almost everyone, but really understood by very few. From the mines to the consumer, diamonds go through a surprising journey before reaching your jeweler's showroom. This seminar gives you insight into diamonds, the reasons for their "rarity" and value, and the best trade-offs for the consumer to make when buying a diamond on a limited budget. The tricks that jeweler's use on the unsuspecting will also be exposed.
What's It Worth
The "value" of jewelry has many meanings, not necessarily what was paid. "What's it worth" varies depending on the purpose of the valuation and the intrinsic value of the gemstones/gold and designer of the jewelry. Learn about the current market values of the familiar gemstones (diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires) and how the origin of the gemstones can significantly affect the commercial pricing. An insider's look on how professionals determine origin, gold content, age, and manufacturer of jewelry. The different types of appraisals will be explained, and examples of good and suspicious appraisals will be shown.
Rare and Unusual Gemstones
There exist over 100 different gemstone varieties, of which the typical consumer can probably name only four or five. This seminar will introduce the lesser-known gemstones that are rare and beautiful but not necessarily expensive when compared to the big three (diamonds, sapphires, emeralds).
Jade ... or Made?
Jade is a term used to describe two very different types of minerals. A highly revered gemstone in Asia with purportedly ‘mystical’ properties, this seminar sheds light on some historical ‘facts’ often associated with Jade. The ways in which Jade’s appearance can be ‘enhanced’ and the many similar- looking minerals often sold to the unknowledgeable as Jade, will be introduced. Highly recommended for anyone contemplating a visit to Hong Kong's Jade Market.