Latest News from Rock n Gem Magazine
Gold Rush is back on the Discovery Channel from the 8th May 2012
Have you seen the 'supermarket' advert starting with the mineral collection ?
Cheltenham November Rock Gem 'n' Bead show is 1 DAY ONLY on SATURDAY 3RD
Are you following the dinosaur season on BBC1
September 14th 2011 Fossil hunting on ITV Calendar
GIA open day(afternoon) Friday 10th June from 12pm-6pm
Tanzanite in the news again, as with many minerals, stories spread regarding the lack of supply and availability often in order to sustain pricing, however the current news is that Tanzanite will be around for another 100 years.
TazaniteOne declared production for Q1 2011 at 609 737 cts up 46745ct on the previous year. No doubt boosted by the 12100ct(2.42kg) massive single rough crystal piece, currently the 3rd largest found. The company is also actively setting up a Tsavorite operation.
New venue for the Rock Gem n Bead shows in May - Event City Manchester formerly Museum of Museums.
March 2011 -The Royal Mint also produces commemorative and collectable coins and this years favourites we presume will be The Royal Wedding and 2012 Olympics. Last years rise in sales was due in part to a new Olympic 50 pence piece and a Royal Engagement coin...
Tempted by all the adverts for selling your 'old gold', well you may have noticed a little drop in price (at the time of print), however the overall trend seems skyward, don't overlook the value of
silver as well...this February saw the highest price since 1980.
January 2011 - With the economic concerns over the last couple of years mining of rough diamonds was scaled back, however sales picked up last year, as retailers stocks were low this surge in demand has now pushed up prices by over a third!
February 2010 An 'old' meteorite that fell to earth in 1971 was taken for cutting and polishing and it was found to contain a 'harder' type of diamonds created during it's impact from graphite already present, similar to how diamonds are synthesised today.
According to the FT the 'Gem of Tanzania' it's just been sold for £8,010 allegedly the optimistic purchaser believes that it could realise anyway between £200 000 and £2m when 'broken up'
The 'Gem of Tazania' has hit the headlines again, an advertisement for it's sale will be in the Winter Issue, purchase here.
Founder of the Green garnet - Tsavorite was killed by a mob in Kenya last month(August 09), Campbell Bridges was also involved in the discovery of the much publicsed blue variation of zoisite named Tanzanite.
August 09 - The new look of the RocknGem Magazine is released, not only a cleaner appearance but also a wider range of content, including minerals, fossils, gemstones, crystals, uses in modern and ancient times, gemstone and bead jewellery making. A resource for everything Rock n Gem.