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Gems & Jewellery page?

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We have some info on shopping for gems at Shopping#Places_for_particular_goods, quite a bit at Colombo#Gems_and_jewellery since that city is a market for them, a whole article on Diamond rings in Antwerp, probably plus other things.

Should this be consolidated somewhere? A separate article? A section of Shopping with some redirects pointing to it? Pashley (talk) 12:15, 22 July 2022 (UTC)Reply

Yes. I think a travel topic of them might be of interest to many, but not the majority of travellers. I would have recommended a section in Shopping, but there is already a long list there, so I suppose we (=you?) have enough knowledge to write at least a short page, and a link there would be easier to use than the current list (and avoid a long list in the shopping article). –LPfi (talk) 08:34, 24 July 2022 (UTC)Reply
Started at gemstones, just moving text from pages linked above & editing a bit. It clearly needs more work.
In particular, does anyone know enough about turquoise to add something on that? Pashley (talk) 13:40, 24 July 2022 (UTC)Reply

Guide? DotM?

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I just promoted this from Stub to Usable. If it could reach Guide, it would make a fine FTT. What does it need to get there? Pashley (talk) 03:38, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply

Oppose No understand section for a travel topic? Nope. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 03:54, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply
Create an Understand section with existing Gemstones#Pricing and Gemstones#Hardness as subsections? I do not think much other text would be needed. Pashley (talk) 05:47, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply
Yes Did that. No new text, just moved some around. Pashley (talk) 06:29, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply
A year & quite a few changes since the above. What do people think now? Pashley (talk) 01:09, 6 August 2023 (UTC)Reply
Or now? Pashley (talk) 18:32, 31 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

Additions?

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Search for "rockhound" turns up about half a dozen articles that mention the term, destinations that attract those people. Should we add a section here (or even create a separate article, though I'd say not yet) with links to those? If we do, would we then need a Stay safe section since there are hazards in the field and in handling some gems? e.g. malachite contains mercury & can release poisonous fumes when being cut or polished.

Some gems, like jade, are often carved & others sometimes. But there are also non-gem stones used in carving, e.g. alabaster (see Fuzhou#Buy for one type). Canada's Inuit are famous for soapstone carvings & a search for "soapstone" turns up many other regions that have them. Pipestone_National_Monument is another place famous for carvings, Turkey's meerschaum pipes are carved, and so on. Again, should we add a section? Pashley (talk) 06:12, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply

On reflection, I do not think either of those would work well as a section here. Pashley (talk) 07:37, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply

I just created redirects to this article from Jewellery and (shudder) Jewelry. Would anyone volunteer to create an actual article for those? Pashley (talk) 06:54, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply

I've now created an article at Rockhounds; it could use other contributions. I'm not likely to do articles for Jewellery or carving. Pashley (talk) 03:27, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply
Deeming on the search results, the term rockhound may be used only in USA and Canada. There may also be differences in what amateur geologists typically do. Over here, the government has been eager to advance amateur archaeology to help the mining industry to find ores. People have been encouraged to send samples to the geological institutions, with information on location etc., which has contributed to making geological maps. –LPfi (talk) 07:43, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply