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 Post subject: Essay project ideas
PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:18 am 
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I have to write a project for both the Gem-A and my school project. I wanted to tie it into a 10 week trip to thailand I'm just about to make, although i do have a few other ideas. I thought of the following ideas but wondered if anyone had any other interesting ideas - it needs to be about 4000 words for my school project, although only 1500 for Gem A and needs to be an argument based essay;

The history of gem mining and trading in thailand - where is it heading?
does embargoing gems from certain localities help or hinder?
Gem cutting in the east vs west (need to find an angle to argue)
the history of gem cutting - where is it heading?
Garnets - (i'd need to find an angle to argue for)
Gem buying - shows vs field buying trips, which is best

So if anyone has any suggestions or tips or just to tell me any of my ideas suck - id love to hear :)

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They all sound good, but when I think of Thailand I think of treatments and treatment facilities.


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good point Barbra, I have a few weeks to decide then have to start the research :)


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A thorough and current report on treatment facilities would also be interesting for all the trade rags too, hint hint.


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This is for the project marks for the diploma part?

I'm surprised to hear about it needing to be argument based. Ours had no such requirement a couple of years ago.

The examples they provided online in the student area of Gem-A of good previous ones were things such as a visit to the Yogo mines and so forth. I did mine on the Moz tourmaline, reporting on those that I had on hand and including information on how the mine was discovered, exploited, a map of the mining claims, the then current status of production (all first hand info from a rough dealer who goes there) and ending with speculation on where, if anywhere, this type might be found again. I got full marks.


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Thanks Africanuck! Its actually an essay to kill two birds with one stone - a university project and my gem-a diploma project. The argument based part is a requirement of my uni requirements.

I will check out online and see if I can find the previous ones, I haven't seen those yet.

Thank you!


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Barbra Voltaire wrote:
A thorough and current report on treatment facilities would also be interesting for all the trade rags too, hint hint.


I would love to do that, but first of all I guess its hard to find treatment facilities that would be open to sharing what they do, and secondly If I did get the information I might get shot by the gem mafia there :)

But if anyone knows of any treatment facilities that would be up for a visit - I'd appreciate the hook up :)


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I would contact Vincent Pardieu, GIA Bangkok.
I'm sure he would offer you some connections and insight.


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Thanks Barbra, I'm actually going to be studying jewelry desigh there for 9 weeks so hopefully that shouldn't be too big a problem.

I'll hit him up when I get there for some contacts :)


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Lucy,

If you PM me your email address I'll send you a copy of mine along with commentary.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:03 am 
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OK, so I think my two project titles will be this:

Gem-A - A brief history of gem treatments in thailand (800 to 1500 words)

School - Gem treatments - Is all that glitters really gold? - here I want to look into things such as lead glass ruby with more glass than ruby, emeralds that are bound together by resin, "treated" stones that are synthetic coloured overgrowth, and some even more crude treatments I have seen in the past, such as crushed mother of pearl epoxied onto the top of a south sea pearl in order to make it a usage shape (I wish I had pics of this!)

So if anyone has any links they think may be useful, please post them :)

Cheers everyone :)


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I would say you are going to have some contacts to get to someone who treats the stones and be able to look at and photograph the process, maybe Vincent will help you with that. Otherwise you can go and look at the market in Chanthaburi, probably doesn't look the way you imagined it, but that would only be useful for that buying comparision topic.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:55 pm 
Write an essay about Bytownite. That would be epic. Or Yellow Euclase...

Barbra Voltaire wrote:
...when I think of Thailand I think of treatments and treatment facilities.

I tried (somewhat unsuccessfully) to claim to my mates in the UK that this is indeed what I was thinking of when I left to spend 2.5 years there.

In the end, I ended up spending 2.2 of the years passed-out, face-down in a plastic bucket of Blend-285; occasionally stirring to avoid a ping-pong ball being fired in my general direction.

My pre-trip intentions were good though.

PS: Gems Hotel in Chanthaburi is pretty nice, but generally fills up before the weekend.

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Garnets - (i'd need to find an angle to argue for)

It's almost impossible to argue about garnets.


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Kyriakin wrote:
It's almost impossible to argue about garnets.


I think Bill Hanneman might just disagree with you there! Trying working out a method of pigeonholing garnets and then ask GIA to agree with you... all kinds of fun! :lol:

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