Gem Cutter John Baily offers natural/untreated certified gemstones, customized gem cutting, one-of-a-kind faceted gems/jewelry, and carved gemstone art. This website also has several nice articles about how a gemstone is cut/facetted and also how to discriminate a garnet from a ruby with the naked eye.
Gary Bowersox has written several articles on his ventures into Afghanistan, the Southern Russian Republics and Pakistan. Also wrote a book and made a video. A number of very interesting articles on this site about his ventures, though many date from several years or more ago.
The private website of Richard Hughes containing dozens of articles on rubies, sapphires, and the mining areas where they are found. Richard Hughes, a gemologist working at the AGTA-GTC gem lab, is considered one of the best experts in the world on rubies and sapphires.
Field trips to Pakistan, China, Madagascar in search of precious stones. With our field trips to gem mines and markets around the world or our inclusion photographs, we hope to make you share our passion for internet, photography, gems and our admiration for the people bringing these gems from the ground to jewelry.