Gems Uncut: November 2023

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In case you didn’t hear, we’ve got a newsletter!

Our digital newsletter, Gems Uncut, works to provide you with another platform to receive all your latest gemstone information – as well as some special launches and promotions we’ve got on our website!

Gems Uncut gets sent directly to your email; but, in case you missed it, here’s a look at what November’s newsletter has in store for you – as well as a few sneak peeks of what didn’t quite make it inside!



First of all, we just wanted to say a huge thank you to you all for tuning in and celebrating our 19th birthday with us!

From the breathtaking new launches of Aquadité™ and Jilin Peridot to the memorable appearances from guests including Glenn Lehrer, Yianni Melas and Charlie Barron, our 19th birthday was an event that will remain in our hearts for a long time to come. However, it was the overwhelming support we received from you, our wonderful customers, that made this event so memorable!

A lot happened during our 19th birthday event – so in case you missed any of it, here are our top birthday highlights:

Jilin Peridot

Located in China’s Changbai mountains, this grass-green Peridot variety is one of the most desired in the world, and Jake Thompson and Dave Troth had the pleasure of visiting the Peridot mine.


Yianni Melas, gem explorer and the man responsible for our stunning Aquaprase™ collection, joined us for our birthday event with a brand-new gemstone discovery! Named after the ocean and the goddess of copper, Aquadité™ was found by accident in Indonesia and has captured our hearts ever since.

Glenn Lehrer

We’ve had the pleasure of having master carver Glenn Lehrer on our screens for the last 12 years, and he had plenty to show us throughout our event such as seahorse carvings and a nine-star cut.

Glenn's 9-Star Cut

1912 Pearls

Sixth-generation Pearl trader Charlie Barron always has a luxurious collection of Pearls for us, and his 1912 collection was no different. However, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to source high-quality Pearls, so demand for the stone is dramatically on the rise!

Cavill & Co

Since its inception earlier this year, Cavill & Co has provided us with high-quality, authentic, bespoke gemstone jewellery with a truly accessible price tag. Featuring rare gemstones, big carat weights and precious metals, this collection turned out to be one of our birthday favourites.


Topaz jewellery

Often mistaken for Diamond, Topaz is a stone that needs no introduction. Worn and adored for thousands of years, Topaz is sourced from multiple locations around the world, and can be acquired in just about every colour of the rainbow.

Metaphysically, Topaz has long been associated with healing, and has often been considered a gemstone of fortune and love. But most people know it as November’s birthstone – and a beautiful birthstone it is, too.



Toby Cavill

As one of our gemstone experts and a favourite guest among our viewers, Toby Cavill is a special asset to Gemporia. There isn’t much he doesn’t know about the world of gemstones and jewellery, so in October’s issue we gave you the chance to send in your questions for him!

Thank you for all of your responses! Unfortunately, we do not have the space to feature them all, so here are our top picks:

Panna: Hi Toby. I am sure the ring I have is a large Paraiba Tourmaline, but I don’t have a certificate. Where can I get this certified?

“To have your Paraiba Tourmaline ring certified, you should approach a reputable gemological laboratory. They will assess and authenticate your gemstone, providing a certificate detailing its attributes and authenticity. It’s crucial to select a well-regarded lab like the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or the International Gemological Institute (IGI) for an accurate evaluation.

“We can also help in getting valuations done for you – if you speak with our Call Centre, we are more than happy to help.”

Collector: Where does red sit in Sapphire gemstones for colour rarity?

“Red colouration in Sapphires is quite rare, as red corundum is classified as Ruby. However, there can be pinkish or reddish hues in Sapphires, and their rarity and value depends on the intensity and attractiveness of the colour.

“Pure red Sapphires are exceedingly rare, and they might be valued similarly to or even higher than high-quality blue Ceylon Sapphires.”

Loose Ruby gemstones

Karen: Will you be selling any Amethyst goblets to help with drunkenness as stated in your facts during Stoptober?

“Amethyst goblets are not a proven method to curb drunkenness, despite historical beliefs. If you are interested in purchasing Amethyst goblets, it would be more for their aesthetic or collector’s value rather than their efficacy in preventing intoxication.

“As for Stoptober, it’s a fantastic initiative to encourage individuals to stop drinking alcohol or raise awareness about its effects – but unfortunately, we will not have any on sale.”

Barbara: When I bought my two Welo Opal rings from you they were beautifully clear and colourless, apart from the rainbow colours inside. After a few months, their body colour turned yellow, which is not so attractive. Can I restore the clarity of them, or will they remain like this?

“The change in colour in your Welo Opal rings might be due to hydration or oxidation over time. Opals are delicate gemstones that require proper care to maintain their appearance; moreover, sharing information on the proper care of Opals, highlighting the importance of storing them in a cool dry place and avoiding any harsh chemicals or extreme temperature changes can help with maintaining their beauty and colour.

“Jake also addressed this in the video he made with our clients on Facebook, live from Tucson.”

Sandra: How much does an Aquamarine eternity ring cost these days, please?

“The price of an Aquamarine eternity ring can vary widely depending on the colour, clarity, size and locations of the gemstones, as well as the metal used and the design of the ring. It's a good idea to compare prices from different jewellers or platforms to get an understanding of the current market rate.

“I’d estimate that .30 points (1.8mm stones) in 18K in a half-eternity would be around £550, so maybe double that for a small-size eternity.”


Birthstone Classics

Few gemstones are more personal than one’s birthstone, and there are some beautiful ones out there – Sapphire, Amethyst and Diamond to name a few.

Birthstones add an extra touch of sentiment to your jewellery collection, and they also make a thoughtful gift for a friend or relative.

Whether it’s for Christmas, a birthday or ‘just because’, there’s never a bad time to shop for a birthstone.



Kimbie Home

In the lead up to Christmas and the winter season, there’s never been a better time to make your house a home. If you’re looking to elevate your home, office space or wardrobe, why not explore the products within our exciting new brand, Kimbie Home.

Kimbie offers a whole range of fashion and homewares items, including candles, scarves, stationary and more. They make wonderful gifts for yourself or a loved one, and offer the chance to accentuate your home for the festive season.

Find out what’s launching and when here.

To find out more about the Kimbie brand, read our Q&A with the Caroline, our Creative Director, here.


Gemporia App

Are you looking to quickly buy your favourite gemstone jewellery pieces without spending ages on the phone lines? There's an app for that!

For fast purchases, collection tracking and daily live auctions, why not download our Gemporia app? You can easily keep track of your collection and make purchases quickly, and with our constant stream you will never miss a live show again.

The Gemporia app can be downloaded from both the App Store and Google Play.


Hattie Houston’s favourite gemstone is Diamond!


Our fabulous presenter Hattie Houston has appeared on your screens with lots of precious gemstones over the years, but it’s no secret that she has a distinct favourite. In fact, she loves it so much that she became a qualified Diamond Grader at the age of 19!

Speaking of her love for the precious stone, Hattie says: “It will always be Diamonds for me. They are as unique as you and I, and they have their own DNA.”

Do you love Diamonds as much as Hattie? If you do, we have a whole collection for you to choose from.


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