Author: David Federman

David Federman is a seasoned jewelry writer and editor with over 40 years of experience in the industry. As an award-winning Executive Editor and journalist, he has demonstrated expertise in various facets of the jewelry world, including gems, precious metals, jewelry manufacturing, gemology, and trade regulations. David has authored four books on gems, solidifying his reputation as a trusted authority in the field.

Twenty-eight years after it was discovered in 1868, gemology ‘veteran’ Max Bauer wrote that demantoid garnet would probably never earn full-fledged gem status. Much as he admired the stone, Bauer thought it was too small, soft and rare to merit anything more than curiosity. Just about the same time, the late 19th century’s other great gemology pioneer, George F. Kunz, was in the Ural Mountains of Russia, demantoid’s prime source, buying every piece of demantoid he could find. Kunz, on leave from his father, returned as he stored the cache of gem, was financed by banker/tycoon J. Pierpont Morgan, an…

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