News Notes

  • Exotic Sri Lanka set to host 16th ICA Congress 16th – 19th May 2015
    Exotic Sri Lanka, the resplendent home of the famous Ceylon sapphire, will host the world’s most prestigious gemstone gathering, the 16th bi-annual Congress of the International Colored Gemstone Association in Colombo from May 16 to 19, 2015. ICA Congress
  • Bobby Mann’s Ivory Identification Series of Books are available:
    For book#1 “Ivory Identification: A Photographic Reference Guide” go to and search “Ivory Identification”For Book#2 “Ivory Identification: A Photographic Companion” go to  or go to and search “Ivory Identification Companion”
  • Charles “Chuck” Thomas Pascoe, Jr. July 21, 1941 – October 18, 2013

    Carolyn Chappell & Chuck Pascoe

    In Loving Memory, a loyal DCGIA member and a great friend to us all! He will be missed but not forgotten. Chuck died suddenly on October 18, 2013 at Fairfax Hospital. Loving partner for 21 years of Carolyn G. Chappell; devoted father of Charlotte P. Healy (Doug) of Purcellville, VA, Cheryl P. Lavalley (Joseph) of Dedham, MA, Carrie M. Pascoe (loving partner, Bryan) of Woodbridge, VA, C. John Pascoe (loving partner, Christine) of Manassas, VA; beloved son of the late Charles and Pearl Pascoe; cherished brother of Sarah Pascoe Ingle of Charlotte, NC and the late Susan Pascoe Farrell. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Maddie and Mason. Funeral services will be held at Fairfax United Methodist Church, 10300 Stratford Ave., Fairfax, VA on Thursday, October 24 at 11 a.m. Interment will be held in Blacksburg, VA.

  • Robert G. Davis Sr. January 9, 1927 – May 25, 2011 : In Loving Memory of Bob, We have lost a loyal DCGIA member and a great friend. He will not be forgotten.

In Memory of Bob Davis

    Thinking about jewelry; it’s a frivolity that every culture has. What is its purpose, and why do we like it? Why do we want it? And how much is enough? (Answer: Just one more piece.) Jewelry is a joy and an addiction, and everyone should embrace their inner magpie.

Check out The Philosopher’s Stone

      Effective October 1, 2004, the Patuxent River Stone became the State Gem of Maryland (Chapter 272, Acts of 2004; Code State Government Article, sec. 13-319).

Geologist Courtland Lee came up with the idea to make the Patuxent River Stone the State Gem of Maryland, when he began cutting the stones.

The bill defined the pea-to-peach-sized stones as an “exceptionally beautiful gem, suitable for a wide variety of uses as well as geological specimens.”

The stones are bright, sometimes red or swirled red, typically found in riverbeds and gravel pits along the Patuxent River, according to CourtlandLee.

Courtland’s got an interesting theory about the stones – that they once filled the gizzards of dinosaurs 110 million years ago.

Courtland was a speaker at the 2010 Tucson International Gemshow talking about the Maryland State Gemstone, the Patuxent River Stone, it is available on the web for anyone who is interested, the site is:

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