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New York's Diamond District

New York's Diamond District | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it

When people think of what a "diamond district" should look like it's no
surprise that visions of New York's 47th street come to mind. Not only is
it the worlds largest wholesale gemstone and jewelry street, but it's
ground floor wholesale/retail jewelry shops bring people from far and wide
to gaze at sparkling gems, as well in hopes that they will get a deal.

The jewelry business came to  midtown Manhattan during World War 2, as

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My Article in Adore Jewellery Magazine

My Article in Adore Jewellery Magazine | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
I was asked this past Fall to write an article for Adore Jewellery and
Timepieces magazine about my life as a gemologist. Adore is the Jewelry
publication which is part of the Prestige Singapore lifestyle magazine. I
was really happy to contribute to the magazine, and share a bit about
myself. Here is the article:
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Some Photo Updates to Online Jewelry Pieces

Some Photo Updates to Online Jewelry Pieces | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
I finally was able to shoot some photos of our pendants on a model's neck.
These were important to get a sense of the delicate size and look to the
pieces. They are being added to the store along with the other photos.
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Big Trip - Thailand, Myanamar, Japan, Korea, and Australia

Big Trip - Thailand, Myanamar, Japan, Korea, and Australia | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
Michael Abraham's insight:

This most recent trip was a big one – traveling all over Asia, and ending my trip with 3 days in Sydney, Australia. I have to say, I was really happy to go, but even happier to come home. December is a great time to get back to New York City, with the festive spirit and colorful Christmas decorations. While I love heat and warm weather, this is the best season to enjoy the cold.

 

BANGKOK

My trip started with my usual visit to Bangkok, where I spent a few days meeting friends, looking at some local market stones, and getting caught up with the local gemstone gossip. It’s also a time to follow up on the stones I keep out there. The news on the street there was the same as in New York – Ruby, Sapphire, and Emeralds are in short supply and prices are going up on the better ones.  I took that as a cue to prepare myself for a long trip with few finds. I did see some interesting stones, including some emeralds, sapphires, and spinels.

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E-Store Coming to Michael Abraham Gems

E-Store Coming to Michael Abraham Gems | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
Michael Abraham's insight:

Most of what I have been doing to this point has been based around custom items for private clients. This is getting a refresh, as I add a collection of elegant, timeless pieces to my lineup of products. Everyone should have some colorful basics, and I will be rolling out new and attractive pieces though my upcoming online store here at www.michaelabrahamgems.com

Stay tuned to see some unique pieces, all done in 18k gold or platinum.

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Interview with Gemologist Michael Abraham About His World Travels

Interview with Gemologist Michael Abraham About His World Travels | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
We spoke with Michael Abraham – A modern day Indian Jones, who travels the world in search of exquisite gemstones for his New York City clients.
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Fuji XE-1: A Great Tool for Travel and Gem Photos

Fuji XE-1: A Great Tool for Travel and Gem Photos | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
Having the right photography equipment is very important in conveying both the look of the stones and jewelry I photograph, but also in conveying the environments I visit.I've always been interested in photography, more from the travel...
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Mandalay Jade Market Part 2 - May 2013

Mandalay Jade Market Part 2 - May 2013 | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
I have become very fond of jade recently, and never miss a chance to visit the jade market in Mandalay on my trips through Myanmar. While Mandalay itself is not a beautiful or lively city, the jade market more than makes up for its shortcomings.
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Yangon Pt 2 - Working In My Room

Yangon Pt 2 - Working In My Room | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
I kind of lucked out this trip, having a room with white walls and excellent morning light. The hotel I stayed in was new, and didn't exist on my previous trips.
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Michael Abraham | NYC: Invitations to Private Cocktail, Charity and Art Events

Michael Abraham | NYC: Invitations to Private Cocktail, Charity and Art Events | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
Michael Abraham     “it’s good to see individuals benefiting from their hard work.”

Tell us about Michael Abraham Gem Stones.
I am a gemologist, and have always been interested in fine gems. I have been working mainly in jewelry design the last few years, but wanted to get back to my roots. I have always done custom pieces for people, and sourced gems, but now I have decided to focus on that aspect of my business. So Michael Abraham gems, is basically about connecting fine gems with private clients, who will wear and appreciate them. 

Michael Abraham's insight:

Inspriring individuals.

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Classic Ruby Studs

Classic Ruby Studs | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
Today I completed a simple jewelry piece for an old friend and client - a pair of classic ruby studs.

Stud earrings are essentials, that every woman should have. A simple stud can be worn just about everywhere, and with almost any outfit.
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Yellow diamonds - Unique and Beautiful

Yellow diamonds - Unique and Beautiful | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
Yellow diamonds with great color are a rarity. While diamonds are rare generally, yellow diamonds are just a small percentage of even that small percentage. And yellow diamonds with great rich color are rarer still.
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The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt - Amazing Eggs in Rock Center

The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt - Amazing Eggs in Rock Center | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
The Fabergé company is one of the worlds most famous jewelers. Dating back
to 19th century imperial Russia, they most known of course for their gem
encrusted golden eggs. Today their eggs are still known, and probably most
thought about during Easter.

This Easter, for the first time in New York, Faberge brought us its famous
Big Egg Hunt. This is a program that brings artists together renown artist,
and designers for charity. There were over 280 eggs this year, each one 2
1/2 feet tall, with each one up for auction online. The proceeds go to
Studio in a School, a group that brings arts programs to public schools,
and to Elephant Family, a conservation group saving elephant populations.

This week all the eggs (which were scattered around NYC since April 1st)
are brought together on display here in Rockefeller Center. As my office is
just a block away, I had a chance to run through them, and take some
photos, on this wonderfully beautiful day. I must say, some really nice
work. Here are a few photos of a few I liked and found interesting.  For
more info you can check out their website - and even bid on some.

http://thebigegghunt.org/
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Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2014

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2014 | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it

2014 - February. Another visit to the yearly Tucson Gem and mineral show. 
Having gone every year for the past 14 years I have gotten quite good at
cruising through the show, seeing what's new, and catching up with industry
friends. For those who don't know, the Tucson gem show, held every February
in Tucson, Arizona, is the worlds largest and greatest gem, and mineral
show. At nearly 40 venues, the show's massive size takes over the small
city for the better part of 3 weeks, making an exciting and energetic time
for all those attending.

The show's various venues showcase a variety of item, some for wholesale
and manufacturers, some for store owners, and some for hobbyists. There are
venues dedicated to fine gems, some for minerals, a large number for beads,
and of course, some dedicated to the spiritual side of stones. My main
focus are precious gems and minerals - precious as part of the trade, and
minerals as a collector's hobby.

Because of the show's large size and importance in the world of gems and
minerals, it's a good place to get a look at the worldwide industry trends,
as well as prices and market availability. Running through the venues over
the week I took note of a few important trends worth mentioning.

There are 2 main cut gemstone shows for trade only customers. These shows
represent the majority of gemstones available worldwide, and supplier
foreign and domestic bring goods for sale to jewelers and jewelry
professionals. Looking over the goods, the first thing that pops out are
prices and availability. Going booth to booth it's evident that old staple
gemstones are becoming notably scares and pricey. Popular for many years,
beautiful blue sapphires were nearly non-existent, with prices going
through the roof on stones for sale. Also notably pricey were rubies, which
seem to have gone up precipitously over the last 10 years. Perhaps 5 to 10
fold easily.  One notable positive was that more and more beautiful
Mozambique  rubies were present,  finally offering a relatively nice
alternative to prohibited Burmese rubies and extinct Thai rubies. It's nice
to see the quality of these gems improving as more mining activity takes
place.

Meanwhile, emeralds were well represented, as were Paraiba colored
tourmalines, tsavorites, and mandarin garnets. The problem however was that
while there seemed to be an abundance of these gems, price are through the
roof. Emeralds have doubled in price over the last year, even though, as it
would seem, stock supplies are high. Because of the high price of tsavorite
garnet, the similarly colored chrome tourmaline has also risen in price by
about 40% year over year. These high prices lead to one inevitable
conclusion - higher jewelry prices.

So what to make of the market? Well, the prices suggest a few things.
Firstly, in the case of sapphires, the supply is just diminishing, and the
mines are not producing as they once were. It also suggests that other
markets (read Asian markets) are consuming these items at a much higher
rate than the US market. Another take away is that the goods are passing
through less hands to get to dealers. This basically means that the prices
at the mines are going higher as the mine owners cut out various middle
people to sell directly. It can also be inferred that larger players are
controlling more and more of the supply, such as in the case of Emerald,
where even though there is an abundance of stock, large cutters and mining
companies are not looking to drop prices to move product. Simply, they
would rather sell at higher prices in a slower fashion.

So with that I decided to spend more hobby time looking at minerals than
cut gems.


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Do I Need a Perfect Diamond? What is a Perfect Diamond?

Do I Need a Perfect Diamond? What is a Perfect Diamond? | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
I work on many engagement and anniversary diamond rings with just about
every price point imaginable.
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Essentials of Quality - A Fully Hand Made Ring

Essentials of Quality - A Fully Hand Made Ring | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
Making a fully handmade ring is something very few companies do. Today,
most rings, even diamonds rings, are made by wax casting metal and then
polishing that metal.
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Gem Collector & Hunter, Michael Abraham - Gem Gossip - Jewelry Blog | Jewelry Reviews, Thoughts and Discussions

Gem Collector & Hunter, Michael Abraham - Gem Gossip - Jewelry Blog | Jewelry Reviews, Thoughts and Discussions | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
Michael Abraham has been collecting gems since he was a child --both his parents were gem and mine...
Michael Abraham's insight:

Small blog post about Michael on Gem Gossip Blog.

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The Concierge Jeweler -Custom and more

The Concierge Jeweler -Custom and more | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it

The term Concierge jeweler has been used much more these
days to describe a few types of jewelry businesses and services. But what does the term mean, and who qualifies as a concierge jeweler?

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The Mandalay Jade Market Pt 1

The Mandalay Jade Market Pt 1 | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
Jade is a unique and prized stone. Though highly traded and sought after in Asia, it remains a bit of an anomaly in the west.
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Yangon, Myanmar - Trade Zone

Yangon, Myanmar - Trade Zone | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
South East Asia during March and April is a blast furnace on high. With sweltering temperatures, and ill working air conditioning - not to mention the unique smells, South East Asia is a relatively inhospitable place.
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Yellow Sapphires

Yellow Sapphires | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
Since I have been traveling I have not had much time to update the page. Lots coming focused on my trip. But before I left New York I had a client for yellow sapphires. These are the 3 stones I proposed to my client.
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Finding and cutting a Mexican Opal for a Ring

Finding and cutting a Mexican Opal for a Ring | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
Before the Tucson gem show this year, I was tasked with building a men's ring with a beautiful orange gem. My client loves orange, and had seen Mexican opal pieces and wanted something in this gem for himself.
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Aquamarine is March's birth stone. A wonderfully beautiful gem, Aquamarine - or...

Aquamarine is March's birth stone. A wonderfully beautiful gem, Aquamarine - or... | Michael Abraham Gems | Scoop.it
Aquamarine is March's birth stone. A wonderfully beautiful gem, Aquamarine - or Aqua, is part of the beryl family of gems, which includes emeralds.
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