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Jewels of the Trade

Jewels of the Trade

By Hun'r and Jordan
Hun'r and Jordan encourage jewelry professionals with inspiration, education and interviews to connect businesses and promote industry success.

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Demantoid Garnet Rarity & Gemology with Prosperity Earth | Ep. 10
Demantoid garnet expert and Madagascar miner, John Ferry, discusses the rarity, gemology and sellability of green andradite garnet known as demantoid in this podcast episode, part 2 of a complete interview including details about the mining in Madagascar. It's worth noting that this podcast episode compares Russian demantoid garnet to Madagascar demantoid garnet and explains the noticeable value difference between the two. See show notes here:
May 01, 2022
Demantoid Garnet Mining in Madagascar with Prosperity Earth | Ep. 9
Professional miner, John Ferry of Prosperity Earth, discusses their vertically integrated demantoid garnet mining operation in Madagascar with Jordan in Part 1 of this two-part podcast interview. Demantoid Garnet is a green andradite garnet revered for it's "diamond-like" brilliance, having actually more fire than diamond. Prosperity Earth's mining operation is particularly focused on improving the economy and environment near their mine in Madagascar by empowering individuals and the community they mine in. See Show Notes at:
April 24, 2022
The "Curse" of the Hope Diamond with Jennifer Sieverling of Tea & Gemstones | Ep. 8
Podcast rockstar, Jennifer Sieverling, takes a break from Tea & Gemstones to discuss the history of the most famous blue diamond in the world with Jordan on this episode of Jewels of the Trade. Jennifer is a professional historian who discusses a variety of jewelry-related topics on her podcast, Tea & Gemstones, including famous jewels of history, modern trends and royal jewelry, history of metals and more! See full show notes here:
February 14, 2022
Nephrite Jade Diving with Just In Jade | Ep. 7
In this podcast interview, Jordan talks to Justin Barrett from Just In Jade about jade diving in Big Sur, California. Justin is a jade diver and carver who sells a variety of artistic jade carvings in Big Sur Jade, BC Jade, Yukon Jade, Guatemalan Jadeite, Wyoming Jade, and more! Justin has been carving, prospecting, and diving for jade for decades. He is known for his organic-style jade carvings and sculptures, as well as pendants and earrings. See full show notes here:
January 24, 2022
Tsavorite Garnet Pt. 2 | Rarity & Quality | with Bruce Bridges of Bridges Tsavorite | Ep. 6
In Part Two of the interview with Bruce Bridges, owner of Bridges Tsavorite, Bruce discusses Tsavorite Garnet's rarity, quality factors, tsavorite for everyday wear (bridal), mint garnet, and advice for sales professionals. "Tsavorite is 1,000 times rarer than emerald under 3cts and 5,000x rarer than emerald over 3cts." -Bruce Bridges, Bridges Tsavorite See full show notes here:
January 17, 2022
Tsavorite Garnet Pt. 1 | History | with Bruce Bridges of Bridges Tsavorite | Ep. 5
In Part One of this two-part interview, Bruce Bridges discusses his father's discovery of tsavorite, their mines in Kenya, and how the name "tsavorite" came to be. Bruce Bridges is the owner of Bridges Tsavorite. Bruce's father, Campbell Bridges, embarked on a lifelong adventure after discovering tsavorite in the 1960s. Tsavorite is a rare variety of grossularite (garnet) whose rich green color comes from traces of chromium and/or vanadium oxide. Compared to emerald in appearance, this lesser-known gem is actually rarer, more durable, and more affordable. See full show notes here:
January 10, 2022
"Turquoise Fever" Mining with Emily Otteson | Ep. 4
Turquoise miner and marketing expert Emily Otteson joins Jordan and Hun'r to discuss American turquoise, variscite and White Buffalo mining, the impact their television show has had on the Otteson family business and the future of the turquoise market.  Emily Otteson and her husband own multiple turquoise mines in Nevada and are featured on the hit television show, Turquoise Fever.  View full show notes here:
January 02, 2022
Ruby and Sapphire Market Predictions with Jeremy of Color Source Gems | Ep. 3
Colored gemstone expert Jeremy Chalchinsky joins Jordan and Hun'r to discuss his recent buying trip to Bangkok and his resultant insight regarding sapphire and ruby supply and demand for the near future. He also shares stories of his experiences as a traveling wholesale gem expert. Jeremy Chalchinky works with his father as Color Source Gems to offer an array of wholesale colored gemstones to retailers in the United States. They are a member of AGS and AGTA. See full show notes here:
December 27, 2021
Jadeite Jade with Jeff Mason G.G. of Mason-Kay Jade | Ep. 2
Mason-Kay Jade has been the leading supplier of NATURAL jadeite jade jewelry in the US since 1976 and is a wonderful resources for jade information and testing. In this podcast, Jeff Mason, owner of Mason-Kay Jade, discusses: Nephrite and Jadeite Colors of Jade Jade Treatments How to Sell Jade to Your Customers and more! More information can be found here: "What is Jade?" on YouTube: "Testing Jade Bangles" on YouTube
December 02, 2021
Lab-Grown Diamond Education with Julia Griffith of The Gem Academy | Ep. 1
In the JOTT podcast premiere, our hosts Jordan and Hun'r address mistrust toward lab-grown diamond sellers from consumers and within the industry. The solution to rampant misinformation is explained by guest interviewee, Julia Griffith of The Gem Academy, who is a leading expert on laboratory-grown diamonds and offers education to the trade through her courses The Ultimate Course on Laboratory-grown Diamonds and The Retailer's Guide to Laboratory-grown Diamonds available at Learn more about these concepts here: Laboratory-grown diamonds 101: An introductory guide to what, why and "how much?" by Julia Griffith HPHT laboratory-grown diamonds that test as “synthetic moissanite” by Julia Griffith How to tell if a diamond is natural or laboratory-grown (just by looking at it!) by Julia Griffith
October 09, 2021