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Expert’s Crystal Ball: 2016 Will Mark the Return of Colored Gemstones

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Demand is strong right now and will not abate, she predicts.

Emily Barber, the jewelry department director for London-based auction house Bonhams, says that colored stones will carry over their momentum from 2015 and continue to be in high demand this year, Blouin ArtInfo reports. “Without a doubt we are seeing the return of the so-called precious stones: emeralds, rubies and sapphires. Demand is very, very strong and record prices are being paid,” she told Blouin ArtInfo. “We are also seeing strong prices being paid for other colored stones like spinel, and we expect to see more demand for this wonderfully colored gemstone this coming year.”

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