Moving on to the Gemstone market, there has been a significant lack of Roughs on the market. Cutting facilities have been suspended due to corona virus.

However, there is still plenty of stock available held by Gemstone dealers in UK with ovals again as the most popular shape, for Ruby and Sapphire. Rounds, cushion shapes and octagons are all popular in Sapphire.

Emeralds, especially fine quality are in demand from Colombia as well as strongly bluish green emeralds from Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Aquamarine octagons are in demand especially from Brazil, Madagascar and Zambia.

The rare and unusual Gemstones are in demand, such as Padparadscha sapphire, affordable Paraiba Tourmaline from Nigeria which must be worn carefully due to low hardness which can abrade easily.

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