Online Periodical Focuses on Organic Gem Materials

Organic gems expert Maggie Campbell Pedersen has introduced an online periodical called Organic Gems featuring articles on pearls, amber, shell, coral, ivory, jet, bone, and horn. Each issue will include an information piece, discussing one particular organic gem material in detail; a feature presentation written by a guest author; and a readers' forum where subscribers are invited to contribute firsthand accounts of research, market trends, frauds and fakes, etc. The inaugural issue includes “A Background to Ivories,” which explains what it is and how to recognize and test for it, as well as a discussion of the legalities of trading in ivories. A feature article titled “Looking After Gem Materials” discusses the potential damage to organic gems by temperature, humidity, light, and pollution. It was written by guest author Robert Child, head of conservation at the National Muse

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