What are your plans for Valentine's Day? How about watching a movie with Marilyn Monroe and listening to the song, Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend.
My interest in precious stones sparked after a trip to Asia (Hong Kong, Macau, Bangkok, and Taipei) in 1992. I went with my friend Christer Sjöback. For a nice collection of semi-precious and precious stones, check out Christer's jewelry gallery. I have participated in a gemology course and have visited the Gem- and Mineral Show in Gothenburg several times.
Steven Den Beste has written an interesting post on synthetic diamonds. For more on diamonds, read the following articles:
* De Beers sales sparkle ahead of shake-up.
* She may be a gem but is it the real thing?
* Diamonds: Beyond Valentine Bling.