Site Review | Professional Jeweler

August 8, 2001

Colored gemstone lovers, it's time to rejoice. The International Colored Gemstone Association redesigned its Web site,, and it's better than ever. Whether you're a jeweler, a consumer, a gemologist or just love beautiful things, you'll enjoy The site has everything from detailed information about common gemstones to a gem-o-matic birthstone calculator to information about joining ICA.

The new ICA site is divided into six sections: Gem Site, Image Library, Contact, Members, Membership and Gem News. For information about various colored stones, site visitors should visit the Gem Site. Here they'll find "Gem by Gem," a section with detailed information and images of 40 gemstones sorted by variety and color. The section almost overflows with information, and ICA says the texts will be updated on a rotating basis and more gemstones will be added soon.

If visitors are looking for gemstone fun, they can check out "Gem by Birthday," also in the Gem Site section, where they can enter their birthdays into the gem-o-matic to find out what their birthstones are in different cultures and traditions. There's also: "Say it with a Gemstone," which has information about the myths behind certain stones; "Gems of the Rich and Famous," an article about the gemstones treasured by figures such as Elizabeth Taylor and Queen Elizabeth II; and "Gem Features," an entertaining article relating to gemstones. Plus there are gem shopping tips – including information on price, shapes, settings, certificates and cleaning.

That's not all visitors will find at ICA also provides an Image Library – a database of more than 4,000 professionally photographed slide images of almost 70 gemstones in cut, carved and rough forms. More images will be added soon, and all the images can be ordered easily online. There's also a Membership section of the site where visitors can learn who should join ICA and why and fill out an online membership application. For news about colored gemstones and ICA, visitors should visit the Gem News section. Currently it has press releases and soon it will have a monthly update on fashion and color trends for colored gemstones and the latest global gem news. In addition, the Member section will soon have links to ICA members' Web sites and e-mail addresses. If you're a member, contact ICA about being added to the section.

- by Julia M. Duncan