• ISG Editorial

    by Published on 08-09-2015 07:37 AM  Number of Views: 6049 
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    It was exactly one year ago this morning that the drunk kid slammed his car into our Amazing Gem and Mineral Museum, home of the ISG, and destroyed this dream of mine. Twenty years of collecting an amazing array of gems and minerals to create this free learning place that kids loved so much....gone in an instant. Exactly one year ago this morning, this is the scene (at left) that I drove up on when I came to the office. The devastation was astounding. That this kid got away from this with only a broken back is testament to the fact that angels look out for fools and drunks. It was one year ago right now that this happened and it destroyed 20 years of my work in an instant, created by underage drinking and the foolhardiness of youth. From this, however, has come something amazing.
    by Published on 08-06-2015 01:40 AM  Number of Views: 5266 
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    After my editorial of 15 July regarding my hope that the various players involved in an ongoing conflict over the Gem-A Council would stand down and allow the proper British Government and Gem-A authorities to deal with the situation, I sat back and read with interest the news media coverage on this matter. The purpose was to get an unbiased view of the situation in hopes that I could make the right decision regarding my vote as a Fellow in the upcoming Gem-A Council Elections. Yesterday (5 August) I received an email from the Gem-A that included the Proxy Notice for 2015 AGM voting ballot, along with a myriad of information regarding the candidates running for the various Council positions. What I found was not only astounding, it was astonishing!
    by Published on 07-15-2015 02:20 PM  Number of Views: 4267 
    Over the past few weeks I have watched with interest the unfolding episodes of caustic attacks on the Board of Directors of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain by a group who seems intent on creating havoc in the industry. I must admit that I was first drawn in to their antics regarding a petition that calls for a special meeting of the Gem-A to further their demands on the Gem-A Board. I logged in to their website petition site, paid a US$2.00 "donation" and digitally signed their petition. I want to formally go on record that I formally retract my signature from this petition.
    by Published on 05-06-2015 11:38 AM  Number of Views: 6743 
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    They are topics no one likes to discuss until they flare up, and then they’re all anyone can think about. Most people are very uncomfortable talking about them, and in some circles it is considered socially unacceptable to even mention their names. The topics, of course, could only be hemorrhoids and Tibet Andesine. While a couple of applications with Preparation H ™ will usually resolve issues with the first, it is unfortunate that there is no Preparation A for the second. This is why we once again face the issue of Tibet Andesine that, like its hemorrhoid counterpart, flares up from time to time creating discomfort for consumers.
    by Published on 06-25-2014 01:45 PM  Number of Views: 11629 
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    After our ISG Journey Thru Gemology last night we received numerous requests from various members of the ISG Community to post this information up in our newsletter. So today we offer a follow up to yesterday's report on Gem Lab Reports with some important additional pointers on how to sell against competitors with little or no training who sell based solely on the use of Gem Lab Reports.
    by Published on 06-24-2014 01:11 PM  Number of Views: 11471 
    If the insurance industry truly understood the facts behind gemstone Lab Grading Reports, they would immediately stop allowing policy services to include them in insurance applications and polices and require sellers to do the grading and identification for themselves. If consumers truly understood the facts behind Lab Grading Reports, they would stop buying diamonds and gemstones based on these unsupported and worthless pieces of paper. Unfortunately, the gemstone industry is aware of these facts but continue to push them on both the insurance industry and consumers. This………is about to stop. Lab Grading Reports are a façade. And that façade is crumbling in court rooms and arbitration offices across the country. Why? Here is why….
    by Published on 05-07-2014 05:24 AM  Number of Views: 11883 
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    On the heels of our report on the Lab Report Fantasy, I will tell you that the ISG was once again vilified for not following what is referred to as “proper scientific procedure” recently by a small group of “jewelry-scientists” on the industry’s largest commercial internet destination. What was most interesting about this episode is that the group was more concerned about the proper use of terms like, “procedures” rather than “protocols,” than they were with the issue of multi-million dollar fraud schemes perpetrated on consumers by certain members of the colored gemstone industry. The bottom line, however, was that while the ISG was correct in our research findings on a number of undisclosed gemstone treatments, we needed to once again be publicly spanked for not using what was termed as “proper scientific procedure”.