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Natural vs. Enhanced Lapidary Gem Materials by Helen Serras-Herman

Helen compared natural gem materials against the simulants available in today’s market. She provided slides of Sonora Chrysocolla, Turquoise, Lapis, Azurite with Malachite, and natural drusy gemstones alongside simulants made to imitate these natural materials. The term “simulants” refers to … Continue reading

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Maya Jade-The revival of a gem revered by royalty! – Helen Serras-Herman

We were all inspired by Maya Jade-The revival of a gem revered by royalty! Helen told the story of the Olmec, Maya, and Aztec civilizations, as she covered her recent trips to Mexico and Guatemala, where she visited archaeological sites, … Continue reading

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