Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 7PM in the dining room of the Bristol Senior/Community Center, 240 Stafford Ave., Bristol. We will begin (as usual) with a short business meeting, followed by refreshments, socializing, and a silent auction, and then the program.
Our program for the evening is by club member Judy Schuster, who will tell us about……
Gem Enhancements, Synthetics, and Fakes – Know What You Are Buying
Advancing technology and expanding global markets have had a major impact on the gemstone industry. Almost every gemstone offered now for sale has been enhanced in one way or another. What enhancements are considered “industry standard” and what, if any, are fraudulent? How can you tell? Is it worth seeking totally natural stones? How do you know what you are buying?
Judy will explain the history of gemstone enhancement and describe treatment methods, including specifics about desirable jewelry stones – from emerald, ruby and topaz, to jade, turquoise and tanzanite. Examples of natural vs. enhanced gemstones will be available for “hands on” inspection.
Hope to see you there!