They say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. I’m more of a pet rock guy myself…but today’s guest has me considering expanding my horizons. Hannah Powers is a gemologist which is a person that looks at gems all day and, among other things, grades them on their value. She’ll tell us all about what makes a gem a gem, what makes said gem valuable, and why diamonds are in fact pretty darn cool.
2:40 - The definition of a gem.
5:00 - Rocks as gems.
6:30 - How crystal gems form.
8:00 - Classifying various gems.
10:15 - New gem discovery.
13:30 - The 4 Cs of grading gems.
20:15 - The most expensive gemstones.
23:00 - Tools for grading stones.
26:30 - The Tucson gem show and the gem community.
30:15 - The diamond ring, engagement ring argument.
44:35 - Gems that the gem community loves.
46:00 - Birthstones.
48:50 - Becoming a gemologist.
51:00 - Advice for purchasing jewelry.
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THIS EPISODE WAS MADE WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Michelle & Jim Wortner