We talk gemstones- the science, the history, and the fashion of the industry. Hear from gemologists, jewelry designers, and jewelry enthusiasts as they delve deep into a world of color.
Gems Of The US - Arizona And Arkansas
Working our way down the alphabet which means we’ve got Arizona and Arkansas up next. These two states bring a plethora of gemmy goodness.
00:00:00 Deck issues
00:58:00 “The United States”
02:10:00 Arizona & Arkansas
03:02:00 Arizona = Turquoise
03:20:00 Rich history in Arizona
03:37:00 State neckwear
05:15:00 First mined in 200 BC
06:06:00 Turquoise legends
06:35:00 It’s found throughout the state
07:31:00 Native American translation for turquoise
08:17:00 Usage with Native Tribes
08:49:00 Healing properties
09:50:00 Famous turquoise mines
12:21:00 Sleeping beauty
14:12:00 Kingman Mine
15:12:00 Other cool gemstones in Arizona
25:37:00 Alright, Arkansas
24:55:00 State gemstone = DIAMONDS!
25:05:00 State flag
25:23:00 Feb. 22nd, 1967
27:02:00 The geology of Arkansas
28:16:00 The discovery of diamonds
29:47:00 The largest diamond found in Arkansas
30:47:00 The start of Arkansas
34:11:00 The early 90’s
35:08:00 The appearance of the diamond in their rough
36:03:00 Average diamond findings
38:25:00 Other gemstones found in Arkansas
Gems Across The US - Alabama And Alaska
With so many people unable to travel beyond the US border and taking more local road trips we figured now was the perfect time to explore each state’s gemstone. To start things off we’re talking about Alabama and Alaska.
00:00:00 Who’s starting?
01:01:00 Alabama and Alaska . . . cue the states song
03:17:00 Alabama – Blue Star Quarts
03:26:00 Thought it would be something red
04:04:00 But why?
06:23:00 How is it found?
07:32:00 Blue Star Quartz being an oddity
09:22:00 Is there any mining going on in Alabama?
09:55:00 The Lane Cake
12:16:00 Moving onto Alaska
12:43:00 Jade = nephrite jade
To learn more about Jade listen to our episode “Stone of Heaven, Hello Jade!” -- https://soundcloud.com/user-141776549-657959872/stone-of-heaven-hello-jade
13:16:00 Native Alaskan Inuits and their use of jade
13:27:00 Where is Alaskan Jade found?
14:34:00 First non-native to rediscover jade
15:14:00 [Storytime] The legend of the Jade House.
18:27:00 Jade Mountain
19:36:00 About the man who made the Jade Lamp
20:45:00 [Storytime] The Jade Lamp
25:00:00 Another modern legend
25:27:00 Washington Monument
27:19:0 0 Other gemstones that are being mined in Alaska?
Production With Paul = Metals
We’ve covered gold, silver, and platinum. But how do all of these different metals work within the components of jewelry design? We take you through each step of the process from molding to polish and talk about how these metals vary within each step of the process. To ensure we don’t overlook any details we brought in our production manager, Paul Hartman, to join in on the conversation.
00:00:00 Peeing in the pool
00:40:00 All about metals from a jewelry production standpoint
01:43:00 If you would like to get know more about Paul you can listen to his interview here: https://soundcloud.com/user-141776549-657959872/productionwithpaul
02:13:00 Starting out at the beginning of the process – molding
03:17:00 Gypsum used as the investment
04:46:00 What is the casting temperate
07:30:00 Is there a lot of difference in casting between the metals?
08:10:00 Why do we like using nickel in white gold?
10:41:00 Clipping off the tree
10:55:00 The trunk of the tree
16:11:00 How long is the process from casting to polish?
26:37:00 Durability of silver with tarnish on it
27:60:50 Black rhodium
28:38:00 [Story time] Cyanide bomb
24:43:00 Caustic chemicals involved with metals
31:23:50 What is the most important step in plating?
34:19:00 Wear and durability
36:17:00 Stone in place casting
Little Silver = Platinum
What is denser than a diamond and is extremely ductile? PLATINUM. Once tossed away to be believed un-ripened silver that noble metal has become a popular choice in jewelry design. Learn about its discovery and its out of this world origins.
00:14:00 The game plan with the podcast
03:50:00 Garden Woes
05:54:00 So Platinum. . . how did it get its name?
06:13:00 Platinum’s discovery
08:22:00 Platinum group of metals
10:05:00 Studying the properties of platinum
13:36:00 First reference of platinum
15:12:00 The heaviness of platinum
15:47:00 Platinum is very ductile
18:33:00 Melting point
19:43:00 Mining platinum
22:05:00 How did it get here?
22:43:00 The moon
22:58:00 Platinum in the Earth’s crust
24:19:00 Producing pure platinum
26:06:00 Platinum in jewelry
26:51:00 Other usages for platinum
27:28:00 Platinum vs. Gold $$$
Moonbeams and ocean reflections are just a few ways to describe the beauty of Moonstone. This week we explore the world of this translucent yet, opulent gemstone.
00:00:00 That’s an “I”
02:50:00 Why is it called moonstone?
03:43:50 The phenomenon, adularescence
04:31:00 What is moonstone?
06:36:00 Where does the name/word adularescence come from?
07:10:00 Quality factors
08:14:00 Moonstone has two cleavage planes
09:08:00 There are (2) types of moonstone
12:28:00 Moonstone is really a trade name
13:12:00 Where is moonstone found?
13:44:00 State gemstone of Florida
14:23:00 Cultural beliefs with moonstone
16:26:00 Ancient Rome
18:46:00 The lovers stone
19:25:00 The travels stone
For more information head to: https://www.gia.edu/moonstone
Ancient Times With Lapis Lazuli
We’ve been away for 6 weeks and we’re all excited to be back at the office! Take a seat as we recap about our quarantine experience and explore the ancient world of Lapis Lazuli. Being one of the oldest gemstones mined, it has an extensive involvement with history and folklore that will lure you in.
00:00:00 Has it really been 6 weeks?
00:29:00 The COVID experience
08:53:00 Ok, we’ve got a gemstone for you—Lapis Lazuli
09:30:00 How long has it been around?
10:12:00 It is a rock!
11:27:00 Its gorgeous blue color
12:53:00 Translucency/ luster/ hardness
13:14:00 What it has been used for
13:23:00 Trade grades and mining locations
15:34:00 How long it takes to mine
17:14:00 A prized procession during ancient time
17:49:00 Citation and translation
18:30:00 Marco Polo
18:56:00 A LOT of history and lore associated with Lapis
19:01:00 Highly favored by the Egyptians
20:24:00 King Solomon
24:45:00 Using semi-precious stones for religious purposes = Egyptian's “Book of the Dead”
28:02:00 Ancient Rome
28:49:50 What it is like in the market today and things to be mindful about when purchasing
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Brand new to the gem world. Definitely increasing my Mohs Scale listening to this.;-)
Interesting and entertaining!
I enjoy learning about gemstones from Brecken and Jonathan who entertain as well as educate. Their knowledge, free flowing dialog and historical notes keep me listening. Thank you for sharing!