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Gem Junkies

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We talk gemstones- the science, the history, and the fashion of the industry. Hear from gemologists, jewelry designers, and jewelry enthusiasts as they delve deep into a world of color.


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Gold - To Shine, To Gleam Or To Be Yellow Or Green
“To shine, to gleam, to be yellow and green.” This week is all about the Midas touch --- GOLD! We explore the early history of gold, some fundamental basics, how it has become the metal of choice and of course, the lore behind it all. 00:00:00 Take 1 to 11 00:39:00 GOLD 01:42:00 What does gold mean? 02:22:00 Early history of mining for gold 03:08:00 Oldest known mine 03:33:00 Oldest recorded metal employed by humans 03:41:00 But why did we decided that gold would be the metal of choice (A look into its properties) 06:11:00 Why else is gold desirable to work with? 08:28:00 Understanding karat gold 09:44:00 Mixing other metals with gold = alloying 15:20:00 Plentiful sources 17:37:00 Where did gold come from? 20:40:00 Gold in the ocean!! SAY WHAT!! 21:48:00 The quest for gold 25:00:00 History of the gold welding band 27:51:50 You can also eat it 29:33:00 Aura around gold 30:21:00 Alchemy 33:05:00 History between mercury and gold
Production with Paul
Getting to know you, getting to know all about . . . Paul! You’ve heard us reference Paul throughout other episodes so its time we put him in the hot seat. Parlé wouldn’t be the same company without him because heck, he manages our whole production team. We learn about his childhood passion for minerals and his journey into his role. Don’t forget to email us at or DM us via FB or IG to ask Paul questions you would like to know about production. 00:00:00 Parlé Spiders 00:43:00 Welcome back, welcome back 01:22:00 Intro to . . . . . . Paul 02:29:00 How long have you worked for Parlé? 03:19:00 Did you come straight out of college? 06:39:00 Instilling cleanliness 06:58:00 Proprietary vs. Secret 07:55:00 Did you ever get to learn how to cut gemstones? 08:21:00 After casting, then what? • Going from geologist to gemologist • Moving into the stone department 12:28:00 Taking a break from Parlé 14:18:00 Coming back to Parlé, in sales . . . . SAY WHAT?!?! 15:30:00 What about your geology background that helps you with gemology? 16:44:00 Where does your passion for geology come from? 18:42:00 Buying together 20:33:00 A day in the life 21:53:00 (Tangent) Farm life: raising Black Angus 23:39:00 A day in the life (continued) 26:46:50 Buying gemstones is fun 27.29.00 What is your favorite gemstone?
No Viagra, Just Get Fire Opal!!
Mexican Fire Opal is what is up for the week! Yes, Jonathan and Brecken covered opal in 2 prior podcast episodes but thought it would be best to go into a little more detail about this mystical stone. From Aztec lore to the very core of how this opal is formed. [Warning: we experience some technical difficulties in the middle of the recording so we apologize for the intermittent sound quality.] 00:24:00 Gemma and a little story time 03:05:00 Mexican Fire Opal introduction 03:47:00 Mexican Fire Opal 04:33:00 Aztec name for Opal 06:19:00 Where it is found 07:18:00 How is it formed? 07:41:00 Hardness 07:55:00 How is it formed (continued) 09:18:00 It almost appears to glow 09:51:00 Fire Opal/Mexican Fire opal mix-up 11:23:00 Play of color 11:52:00 Base colors of Fire Opal 12:58:50 Transparency 13:29:00 Faceted Fire Opal 14:34:00 Needles 15:19:00 Water content in opal 16:58:50 Amorphous crystal structure 18:54:00 Leopard Opal 19:58:50 Mystical properties
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May 10th, 2018
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Aug 2nd, 2019
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