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Gem Junkies

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We talk gemstones- the science, the history, and the fashion of the industry. Hear from gemologists, jewelry designers, and jewelry enthusiasts as they delve deep into a world of color.

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We talk gemstones- the science, the history, and the fashion of the industry. Hear from gemologists, jewelry designers, and jewelry enthusiasts as they delve deep into a world of color.

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Cover image of Gem Junkies

Gem Junkies

Updated about 1 month ago

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We talk gemstones- the science, the history, and the fashion of the industry. Hear from gemologists, jewelry designers, and jewelry enthusiasts as they delve deep into a world of color.

Rank #1: Aquamarine = The Gem Lore Of Gem Lores

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Jonathan and Brecken explore the world of Aquamarine. The birthstone of March provides unique gemstone qualities and an expansive folklore behind it. Who wouldn’t want to conjure people from the dead, carry a piece of mermaid treasure or ensure a life-long marriage?

0:25.0 Welcome! We’re back in the basement!!
(Reminisce about Tucson and meeting Gem Junkie
fans)
3:05.0 So aqua, in the barrel family
(Birthstone and other barrel gemstones)
4:06.0 Where does the name Aquamarine come from
4:47.0 Gem Lore #1 – Mermaids
5:23.0 Gem Lore #2 – Why was it worn?
5:43.0 Gem Lore #3 – Love
6:28.0 Gem Lore #4 – Cleansing emotional body and open
communication
6:48.0 Gem Lore #5 – Long life lover stone
7:21.0 Gem Lore #6 -- Color Energy
8:09.0 Gem Lore #7 – During the Middle Ages
9:00.0 Gem Lore #8 – Meditation
9:25.0 Continue with Gem Lore #6 – During the Middle Ages
13:16.07 King Wenceslas
(Brecken sings us a little tune!!! A MUST LISTEN!)
16:56.0 Aquamarine Color
17.25.0 It grows in pegmatites
18:15.0 Cutting Aquamarine
22:49.0 Treatment for Aquamarine
Mar 07 2019
24 mins
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Rank #2: Smiles From Mine To Market

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Tuscon was another great year and we were fortunate enough to interview THE Doug Hucker -- CEO of AGTA. Take look into how it all with the AGTA Gem Fair, the lore behind the show and even define the term "ethically sourced".

0:46.0 - First memory of a piece of jewelry or gemstone
1:30.0 - What's your story? How did you get here?
5:41.0 - What direction are you steering the ship?
8:06.0 - Elaborating on disclosure/transparency about gemstones
9:25.0 - What does the AGTA provide in regards to education?
16:46.0 - Showing color
20:07.0 - AGTA Experience
22:06.0 - Passion, knowledge and success.
23:08.0 - Excitement around color
25:32.0 - How did the show get started?
32.17.0 - Favorite Tuscon experience
36.33.5 - What was the first year you came to Tuscon?
40:02.0 - Ehtically sourced
43:35.0 - Let's define what doing good is?
49:37.0 - Smiles from mine-to-market
Feb 16 2019
54 mins
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Rank #3: The Amethyst Diaries

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Brecken and Jonathan break out the purple quartz and their drinking goblets this episode to talk all about the sobering gemstone- Amethyst. This variety of quartz has been adorned by some of the most pious in history, making it quit a "pure" stone, but where is it from, and how does it get it's color? Well, just listen to find out!
Nov 08 2018
22 mins
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Rank #4: Green & Hairy Grossular Garnet Gooseberry

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Brecken & Jonathan tackle another member of the Garnet family- this one turns green under pressure- the Grossular Garnet! Known to the jewelry industry as Mint or Tsavorite Garnet this beauty can rival that of Emerald, but how? Learn more about its well-timed discovery, the science behind its green glow, and what the jewelry market makes of this green goddess with this weeks episode!
Oct 18 2018
19 mins
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Rank #5: The Sparkling World Of Gem Gossip

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Jonathan and Brecken interview Danielle Miele of Gem Gossip. From her early childhood memories with jewelry, how Gem Gossip started and even about her new role into motherhood.

0:35.00 – Introduction with Gem Gossip
1:14.20 – Starting out as a blog
1:36.20 – What is your first memory of a piece of jewelry/gemstone?
2:59.00 – If your family in the jewelry/gemstone business?
3:13.00 – How did you get involved with jewelry?
6:05.00 – Substitute teaching, then what?
7:06.50 – Why Nashville?
7:46.60 – Is this when you started your blog?
8:50.30 – Where does your style get inspired from?
10:03.00 – What is your favorite gemstone?
10:14.00 – First memory of the opal you saw
11:09.50 – Opal Superstition
13:10.00 – What’s the future of Gem Gossip?
14:18.00 – Is there a time period/style that you look for when purchasing?
15:05.00 – Do you have any tips on purchasing estate jewelry?
16:31.00 – Do you have a shopping list of what you’re looking for?
20:11.30 – Having a little boy?
20:38.00 – Any names picked out?
22:05.70 – Do you plan top bring him out to Tucson next year?
Feb 28 2019
24 mins
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Rank #6: Halloween Special- A Gem Haunting

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On this Halloween Special be careful of holding onto your gems too tightly, as they might turn on you. Brecken and Jonathan take us back to a time where gemstones would come alive, and possess secret powers- a time when science couldn't answer the ponderous sundries
of coincidence and superstition. But were all of those ancients really crazy- or do some gemstones actually display some otherworldly gifts?
Oct 25 2018
31 mins
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Rank #7: Cleopatra- Girl Loves Her Emeralds

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All the best things in life are green.... I'm talkin Emeralds, people! Gem Junkies cross off number 2 of the big three (Rubies, Emeralds, & Sapphires). We head to COLOOOMBIAAA, check out Emerald mines, and take a look at this inclusive little gem. Join The Junkies and get hooked!
Jun 07 2018
28 mins
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Rank #8: The Phenomena Of Alex

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This week Jonathan and Brecken talk about something truly phenomenal- Alexandrite. This two faced gemstone has captivated the gemstone world by setting the standard for a true color-changing gem. The question is, how? Catch this show for the breakdown of science, lore, and the gemstone market, all about Alex!
Oct 12 2018
18 mins
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Rank #9: Opal Part Two- White Man In A Hole

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We are ready for part two on Opals. In this episode we head to the south, the southest of souths- Australia! We talk opal types, miners, markets, and kangaroos. So, grab your breaky (as any aussie would say) and join us!
May 24 2018
25 mins
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Rank #10: All Hail The King

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All hail The King of Gemstones, RUBY! You might have heard of it, but do you know why its so renowned and associated with wealth and power? Or what gives Ruby the rich red color? Gemologists and jewelry designers Brecken and Jonathan explore the hefty reputation of this prized gemstone.
May 31 2018
21 mins
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Rank #11: Blue Sapphire- AKA Liar's Bane

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The truth is revealed on this episode of Gem Junkies. Where are Blue Sapphires mined? What makes them blue? Wait, isn't that the same stuff that makes Ruby, red? The answer to all this and more can be found in the episode! We wouldn't lie to you, we have our Sapphires on.
Jun 14 2018
31 mins
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Rank #12: The Finest American Gemstone - Montana Sapphire

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Back to talking about gemstones!! Explore the wonders of Montana Sapphire. Jonathan and Brecken discuss the early beginnings and the lore behind America's finest gemstone.
Feb 08 2019
20 mins
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Rank #13: Luck Of The Gems

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St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner and to bring in as much luck as possible we explore the lore behind lucky gemstones. Crack open a beer, enjoy some laughs and discover the perfect gemstone to bring you the best luck!!

1:05:00 Juicy Gem
2:49:00 Green. The color of St. Patrick’s Day and Luck
4:40:00 Finding luck in Jade
5:24:00 Luck in birthstones > Zodiac birthstone gemstone
7:41:00 Aquarius = Garnet
8:05:00 Pisces = Amethyst
8:23:00 Aries = Bloodstone
8:50:00 Taurus = Sapphire
9:26:00 Gemini = Agate
9:42.00 Cancer = Emerald
10:02:00 Leo = Onyx
10:27:00 Virgo = Carnelian
10:43:50 Libra = Chrysolite/Peridot
11:52:50 Scorpio = Beryl
12:45:00 Sagittarius = Topaz
13:00:00 Capricorn = Ruby
13:58:00 Optimizing the powers of your gemstone
15:00:00 Do you have a ring you like to wear that brings you
luck?
16:09:50 An unlikely stone
21:13:50 Most Famous Stone in Ireland
Mar 14 2019
24 mins
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Rank #14: Turquoise- If It's Good Enough For Marie

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Because of popular demand Gem Junkies explore the long and exotic history of Turquoise. A gemstone as old as time is sure to have been used for some weird stuff. Explore the lore and science behind this blue treasure and keep an eye out for a Turquoise on your next shopping trip- Brecken will be!
Sep 28 2018
27 mins
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Rank #15: Journey To 'The Rough'- What Happens In Tanzania

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Gem Junkies are back from their venture into Tanzania to explore the mines of the gemstones featured in 'Sharing The Rough.' They recap their visit to the mines, the cutters, and the Maasai school, and of course the SAFARI! Join us for a fun episode, and get some insights on how the jewelry industry does business.
Sep 21 2018
33 mins
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