June 1, 1998
Jewelers who deal in colored stones will find the GemData Spectrum Network
both interesting and helpful.
The site is sponsored by Mine Design, a long-time AGTA member located in
Clarence, NY, and marketer of colored stones. On a page
featuring the AGTA Gemstone Enhancement Manual, owner Lance A.
Kanaby says he "has copied this manual to the World Wide Web so others
in the jewelry industry and the general public may have access to this
The site features a monthly gemstone quiz, a good test of
knowledge. The one drawback is that the quizzes are not updated regularly; the last posting was September 1997.
There's also a section for the consumer entitled "How to Select Gemstones." In addition to color, clarity, carat weight and cut, the
author lists his own fifth C, "confidence," and enumerates the types of
questions consumers should ask to gain trust in their jewelers.
Other sections include a calendar of gemstone-related events; the FTC Guidelines regarding
disclosure for diamonds and colored stones; and reviews for gem-related
One interesting addition is a stolen goods hotline. The listing shown
on the site is outdated, but it obviously depends on input from sales
representatives or store owners who have sustained robberies. This could
be an excellent method of recovering stolen goods.
In fact, aside from the paid links advertising goods and services, some of the content on GemData depends on free postings by industry members. There's room for growth depending on industry participation.
- by Jack Heeger and Stacey King