Issue 2, January 11, 2023
We have lots of gem news for you!
Grab a cup of coffee and read on...

Last Week
We had a feeling that Trade Show news would be at the top of your list, and we were correct. You clicked through to our Trade Show Calendar more than any other feature story.

More importantly, we had trade shows contacting us to add their shows! We will keep the Trade Shows Calendar readily available and as up to date as possible. Check in any time.
This Week

We want to share more events and shows in Tucson, this time with NAJA's ACE©It conference. The conference is listed below, with a link for more information and to register.

There's a relatively new show in town, one that specifically focuses on supporting ethics in the gemstone supply chain. We'll tell you about it.

(Editor's note: There are many exhibitors all around Tucson that support ethics in the gemstone supply chain, but since this show seems to be drawing some attention, we thought you should know. - gr)
Crown Royal
It's a royal week as we feature two crownings.

The first crowning is coming up in just a few days, where the new Miss Universe will be crowned with the Mouawad "Force for Good" Crown.

Then in May, we have King Charles of England being crowned with St. Edwards Crown.

No paste here - these are the real deal!
And lots more ....

Next Week
We should be getting reports from the shows that have just ended (FACETS and IIJS) as well as IJT which is going on right now!

Looking forward to hearing about the Miami show (Jan. 19-23) - one of the most important antique and estate shows.

Vicenza starts on the 20th.

And it will be crunch time for us, as we all get ready for Tucson. Don't miss these next few weeks! Of course, we will be finding more gem news to share right here and in the magazine!

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Read On ... Issue 2, 2023 of the Roskin Gem News Report Newsletter. 

Gary Roskin
ACE©It NAJA’s Tucson Conference

National Association of Jewelry Appraisers

59th Winter Education Conference
– January 29 – 30

A fantastic line-up of speakers ...

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) returns to Tucson for its 59th ACE©It Conference, January 29th and 30th, 2023.

“Webinars are great; after all, the NAJA remained busy during 2020, 2021 and 2022 presenting educational programs delivered thru webinars and virtual conferences for not only our membership, but also the appraisal community at large,” writes Gail Levine, Executive Director.

“However, as gem and jewelry appraisers know, when it comes to gem-centric appraisal education, there is no place like the NAJA in Tucson! It is the one venue that really offers the entire package.”

The week starts with practical, appraisal presentations and professional relationship building opportunities and then continues with more chances to examine gems and experience the market at the shows.

The Pearl Walk!
Special Event at Tucson February 2, 11 AM to Noon, The Annual Lois Berger Pearl Walk – visiting four pearl dealers led by Renee Newman, GIA GG. Members only and it is free! Limited to 15 attendees. What to Bring: comfortable western casual.

• 8:30 AM Jade: China’s Gift to the World – Richard Hughes
• 10:00 AM A Canary in the Ruby Mine – Billie Hughes & Wim Vertriest
• 11:00 AM Beauty, Value and the Power of Gem Cutting – Justin Prim
• 1:30 PM The Evaluation and Interpretation of Gem Carvings – Ciğdem Lüle
• 3:00 PM Communication, Consulting and Contracting – Deborah Finleon
• 4:00 PM Lab-Grown Diamonds – Screening Challenges – Guy Borenstein (90 minutes)

• 8:30 AM State of the Industry – Post Covid – Harold Dupuy
• 10:00 AM Demantoid Garnet: Gemology, Origin and Treatment – Aaron Palke
• 11:00 AM Diamond Cuts & Qualities in Jewelry from 1300 until Now – Renee Newman
• 1:30 PM What in the World are these Marks? – Danusia Nikilewicz
• 3:00 PM Rock Creek Sapphires – Montana’s Treasure – Warren Boyd
• 4:00 PM Practical Spectroscope – Sam Lloyd (90 minutes)

Big Changes at Gemworld International
Gary Roskin -
Roskin Gem News Report -
January 11, 2023

Brecken Branstrator named GemGuide’s Editor-in-Chief

Gemworld International has appointed industry journalist Brecken Branstrator as the editor-in-chief of its bimonthly publication, the GemGuide, effective January 1, 2023. The GemGuide provides wholesale pricing and market information for gem dealers, retail jewelers, and appraisers in more than 40 countries. As editor-in-chief, Branstrator will coordinate the content and editing of each issue. She will continue to be based in New York City.

Branstrator joins the company from trade publication National Jeweler Magazine, where she covered the colored gemstone market since 2013, reporting on supply and pricing, traceability and transparency, color trends, and more. She most recently held the role of senior editor, gemstones.

Branstrator is a GIA Graduate Gemologist. She has been nominated for a WJA Award for Excellence in Media Excellence and a Gem Award for Media Excellence.
Stuart Robertson Steps into the President Role
Gemworld has also announced the promotion of Stuart Robertson from vice president to president. In the new role, he will oversee Gemworld’s day-to-day operations.

Robertson joined the company in 1998, serving as its research director for more than two decades. He has presented lectures on various aspects of gemology in both public and gem industry forums.

Robertson is the co-developer of the industry course “Corundum Treatments and Pricing;” a senior member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers and is Chair of its conference committee; and the immediate past president of the Accredited Gemologists Association.
Richard Drucker, Company Founder, Becomes President Emeritus
Richard Drucker, who held the roles of president of Gemworld and publisher of the GemGuide, will remain actively involved in the company he founded more than 40 years ago, serving as president emeritus.

He expanded the company in 2002 by launching the GemGuide Appraisal Software for jewelry appraisers, and in 2014, he co-developed the World of Color, a comprehensive color grading system for colored gemstones. Under his leadership, Gemworld hosted several World of Gems conferences. Richard has also lectured for many organizations around the world.
Both Stuart and Richard have been honored with the Accredited Gemologists Association’s Antonio C. Bonanno Excellence in Gemology award.

When asked what plans are for this year, Stuart Robertson said, “In 2023, the GemGuide will be initiating regular coverage of additional areas of interest to subscribers, including trends in the mineral trade, auctions results, and fairtrade gem trends.

Brecken will have an integral part in implementing Gemworld’s commitment to further expanding the GemGuide’s editorial content. It has been apparent for some time now from the excellent content that Brecken has developed at National Jeweler that we shared a common vision regarding the kind of news that matters to the people that form the colored stone market.”

Richard Drucker added, “We are thrilled to have such an accomplished journalist in the jewelry industry joining the Gemworld team. Brecken will be a great addition as editor-in-chief.”

For further details, contact Richard Drucker at or visit
Another Record-Setting Year
for Heritage Auctions!
... and a Donation that should be Recognized!
Gary Roskin -
Roskin Gem News Report -
January 11, 2023

Heritage Auction House tells us that they had a very good year; $1.45 billion in sales, and setting dozens of auction records along the way.

One fine showing was this Fancy Orangy Red Diamond, 1.21 carats, selling for $1,755,000 US! Graded I2, many believed that the red diamond's estimate of somewhere around $200,000 was expected. However, this shows that clarity often times does not affect value. Specifically with this diamond, dark inclusions in a darker bodycolor stone has less affect than dark inclusions in a light bodycolor or no bodycolor stone. The rare red color was what took this diamond to a record sale!
A 17.63 carats Fancy Intense Yellow diamond ring did very well, bringing in $591,000! Not only was the color very strong, the cut of the diamond was very appealing.

"Across Heritage's more than 50 categories, we shattered records, exceeded consignors' expectations, and connected our collector clients with their passions."

$103.5 million to UNICEF to aid Ukraine Refugees
Heritage was able to give back, thanks to Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov, who chose Heritage to offer his Nobel Peace Prize medal. The entirety of the staggering $103.5 million price realized went directly to UNICEF to aid refugees impacted by the war in Ukraine.

St. Edward’s Crown – the Coronation
Gary Roskin -
Roskin Gem News Report -
January 11, 2023

Crowns are meant to be worn, and when done so, leaves no chance for any misunderstanding of your standing, your power, your authority. After all, you are the one wearing the crown.
King Charles’s coronation will be held on Saturday, May 6 at Westminster Abbey, where he will be crowned. This is purely ceremonial as Charles is already King.

And the crown that will used in the coronation – and there are many crowns in the crown regalia – will be Saint Edwards Crown.

We are all familiar with the Imperial State Crown, because it is decorated with several important gems, including the 317.40 carat Cullinan II diamond, and the Black Prince’s “ruby” (a spinel).
But this is not the crown used for coronations.

"Ethical Gem Fair" - Supporting Ethics in the Gemstone Supply Chain
Gary Roskin -
Roskin Gem News Report -
January 11, 2023

TUCSON - The third annual "Ethical Gem Fair" will be held from January 28-31, 2023 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Tucson, two short blocks from the Tucson Convention Center (TCC).

Exhibiting gem suppliers are those with a commitment to ethics in the gemstone supply chain, including supporting artisanal miners and communities, verifiable origins and traceability, commitment to environmental and health and safety regulations, and SCS-certified recycled diamonds and gemstones.

Gemstone-set jewels inspired by Karen Blixen
Gary Roskin -
Roskin Gem News Report -
January 11, 2023

Currently on display until 30.04.2023 at the Karen Blixen Museum in Rungstedlund, Denmark, “Silver Tales,” the exhibition, addresses elements of Karen Blixen’s life, appearance and literary work envisioned into jewelry and hollow ware made of silver and gems.

Goldsmiths, silversmiths and jewelry designers show 42 works inspired by one of Karen Blixen’s stories, a Karen Blixen portrait or an object from the museum’s collection.

Who is Karen Blixen?

Crowning Achievement! [#12]
Gary Roskin -
Roskin Gem News Report -
January 11, 2023

Mouawad: “Crown” Jeweler

Fred Mouawad, co-guardian of the luxury house of Mouawad, will be watching the Miss Universe Pageant Saturday evening, (January 14, 2023) being held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, as the new Miss Universe will be crowned with the Mouawad “Force for Good” Miss Universe crown, Mouawad’s 12th crowning achievement (pun intended).

The “Force for Good” crown represents, as Fred Mouawad says, “the organization’s belief in a future forged by women who push the limits of what’s possible and the incredible women from around the world who advocate for positive change.”

What’s in the Crown?

Amazing! Made up of ...

34th International, Tokyo, Japan
– January 11-14, 2023

Miami Beach, Florida, USA
– January 19-23, 2023

Vicenza, Italy
– January 20-24, 2023

German police recover 31 items stolen
in 2019 Dresden jewel heist
December 19, 2022

Bulk of jewels snatched in German heist recovered

German police have recovered 31 pieces stolen in 2019 during a jewelry heist at the historic Green Vault.

Thirty-one pieces of baroque jewelry stolen in a $163.5-million museum heist more than three years ago have been recovered, German police report.

The jewels, which include a breast star of the Polish Order of the White Eagle and an ornate diamond headdress, were secured by investigators in Berlin, Reuters reports. Their return followed negotiations between prosecutors and defense lawyers for the six Germans who are on trial for the November 2019 break-in at the Green Vault in Dresden, Germany. Prosecutors believe the thieves sawed through part of a window grating in advance and reattached it to get into the building as quickly as possible during the heist.

Korite Partners with Kaimirra Tutan
Luxury Brand Kaimirra Tutan
to be the Exclusive Distributor
for Korite Jewellery in Asia

Dec. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --

Two iconic Canadian brands, KORITE and Kaimirra Tutan, held a signing ceremony today celebrating a joint partnership which will appoint Kaimirra Tutan as the exclusive distributor of KORITE jewellery, ammolite and Canadian ammonites for Asian countries/regions such as Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as Taiwan and Korea.

Thank you

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Gary Roskin
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