Gem Junkies

Gem Junkies
We talk gemstones- the science, the history, and …

Gold - To Shine, To Gleam Or To Be Yellow Or Green
Aug 9 • 34 min
“To shine, to gleam, to be yellow and green.” This week is all about the Midas touch —- GOLD! We explore the early history of gold, some fundamental basics, how it has become the metal of choice and of course, the lore behind it all. 00:00:00 Take 1 to 11…
Production with Paul
Aug 2 • 29 min
Getting to know you, getting to know all about … Paul! You’ve heard us reference Paul throughout other episodes so its time we put him in the hot seat. Parlé wouldn’t be the same company without him because heck, he manages our whole production team. We…
No Viagra, Just Get Fire Opal!!
Jun 21 • 22 min
Mexican Fire Opal is what is up for the week! Yes, Jonathan and Brecken covered opal in 2 prior podcast episodes but thought it would be best to go into a little more detail about this mystical stone. From Aztec lore to the very core of how this opal is…
Stone Of Heaven. Hello Jade!
Jun 14 • 29 min
It’s been awhile but Gem Junkies is back! Jonathan and Brecken talk about the heavenly world of Jade. As always, they’ll cover the chemical compositions and Brecken favorite the lore and history among different cultures/civilizations. 00:00:00 Getting…
PHENOMENON, Phe - No - Me - No - Me - Non!!!
May 17 • 29 min
00:00:00 Mickey isn’t real 01:21:50 Returning to the basement and what we’ve been up to 04:35:00 Phenomenal Gemstones (2) main types: Structure and Inclusions 05:04:00 Structure of phenomenal gemstones 05:24:00 Play of Color Our favorite gemstone – opal…
Leo Valentine Aka Beyonce Aka John Carter
Apr 20 • 54 min
Ask and you will receive? You all requested more interviews and Jonathan and Brecken come back with another special guest. You can call him Leo Valentine, the Beyoncè of AGS but we know him as John Carter – President of the American Gemstone Society and…
Angie Crabtree - From Gemstone To Canvas
Apr 4 • 25 min
A Northern Californian taking the gemstone world by storm with her paintings. Yes, PAINTINGS!! Jonathan and Brecken sit with Angie Crabtree. From her childhood memories to geodes, teaching to stumbling into the world of gemstones we get to better know the…
Eureka!! We Have Diamonds!!
Mar 30 • 39 min
Eureka!! We have diamonds!! Jonathan and Brecken finally talk about the #1 gemstone sold –Diamonds! There’s a lot to cover when it comes to Diamonds so this episode will cover some lore, its history and even touch base on the subject Natural vs. Synthetic…
William Travis - Survivor, Designer, Warrior
Mar 22 • 48 min
Part III of the interview series from the Tucson AGTA Gem Fair. Jonathan and Brecken interview fellow designer William Travis Kukovich. Transforming his life from a traumatic childhood to becoming a recipient of 17 AGTA Spectrum Awards. 00:00:00 How the…
Luck Of The Gems
Mar 14 • 24 min
St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner and to bring in as much luck as possible we explore the lore behind lucky gemstones. Crack open a beer, enjoy some laughs and discover the perfect gemstone to bring you the best luck!! 1:05:00 Juicy Gem 2:49:00…
Aquamarine = The Gem Lore Of Gem Lores
Mar 7 • 24 min
Jonathan and Brecken explore the world of Aquamarine. The birthstone of March provides unique gemstone qualities and an expansive folklore behind it. Who wouldn’t want to conjure people from the dead, carry a piece of mermaid treasure or ensure a…
The Sparkling World Of Gem Gossip
Feb 28 • 24 min
Jonathan and Brecken interview Danielle Miele of Gem Gossip. From her early childhood memories with jewelry, how Gem Gossip started and even about her new role into motherhood. 0:35.00 – Introduction with Gem Gossip 1:14.20 – Starting out as a blog…
Smiles From Mine To Market
Feb 15 • 54 min
Tuscon was another great year and we were fortunate enough to interview THE Doug Hucker — CEO of AGTA. Take look into how it all with the AGTA Gem Fair, the lore behind the show and even define the term “ethically sourced”. 0:46.0 - First memory of a…
The Finest American Gemstone - Montana Sapphire
Feb 8 • 20 min
Back to talking about gemstones!! Explore the wonders of Montana Sapphire. Jonathan and Brecken discuss the early beginnings and the lore behind America’s finest gemstone.
A Live Trap And Peanut Butter
Jan 31 • 29 min
Jonathan interviews Brecken and puts her in the hot seat. Reminisce through childhood memories and her journey leading into the world of jewelry.
Hey SOB!!!
Jan 25 • 25 min
Getting to know you, getting to know all about — Jonathan!! We’ve spent this past year talking about gemstones and thought you should get to know us a little more. Get a personal interview about Jonathan—childhood memories growing up in the jewelry…
Oh Gosh Garnet!!
Jan 10 • 19 min
Starting off the new year with January’s birthstone, Garnet. While it provides the world a wide array of colors (except blue) Jonathan and Brecken explore the world of the red tones of the Garnet Family. From Biblical times to Greek mythology Garnet has…
The Year Of The Podcast
Dec 19, 2018 • 23 min
Jonathan and Brecken reflect on the past year—share more stories and look back on their favorite episodes. In the Holiday Spirit, they also talk about how Parle is giving back to the jewelry community. Stay tuned for the full episode for a special Parle…
Putting the Wheels on the Car — 45 years Parle
Dec 14, 2018 • 27 min
This year marks 45 years in the jewelry business for Parle!! Jonathan and Brecken interview the man who started it all, Frank Farnsworth. It’s a journey into the past—the first mining excursion, being on the road, how the industry has evolved and tips for…
The Lore and Legends of Zircon
Dec 7, 2018 • 23 min
Jonathan and Brecken discuss Zircons unique properties— high doubling, high refractive index and even radioactive!! (Don’t worry it’s not harmful to wear.) Even learn how to ward off phantoms and demons. Intrigued? Come take a listen!!
The Bro’s Buying Guide
Nov 29, 2018 • 24 min
Gem Junkies are back!! Brecken shares her recent buying experience purchasing in Hong Kong. What a common day looks like being on the road and buying tips. The Holiday are here and they give a shopping guide to help select the perfect piece of jewelry to…
The Amethyst Diaries
Nov 8, 2018 • 22 min
Brecken and Jonathan break out the purple quartz and their drinking goblets this episode to talk all about the sobering gemstone- Amethyst. This variety of quartz has been adorned by some of the most pious in history, making it quit a “pure” stone, but…
It’s A Citrine Juice Cleanse
Nov 1, 2018 • 21 min
Brecken & Jonathan are in a golden state of mind in this week’s episode where they discuss November’s birthstone, Citrine. Learn the recipe to a great new detox (just in time for the Holiday food fest!), how to get “more smarter,” and all that other…
Halloween Special- A Gem Haunting
Oct 25, 2018 • 31 min
On this Halloween Special be careful of holding onto your gems too tightly, as they might turn on you. Brecken and Jonathan take us back to a time where gemstones would come alive, and possess secret powers- a time when science couldn’t answer the…
Green & Hairy Grossular Garnet Gooseberry
Oct 18, 2018 • 19 min
Brecken & Jonathan tackle another member of the Garnet family- this one turns green under pressure- the Grossular Garnet! Known to the jewelry industry as Mint or Tsavorite Garnet this beauty can rival that of Emerald, but how? Learn more about its…
The Phenomena Of Alex
Oct 12, 2018 • 18 min
This week Jonathan and Brecken talk about something truly phenomenal- Alexandrite. This two faced gemstone has captivated the gemstone world by setting the standard for a true color-changing gem. The question is, how? Catch this show for the breakdown of…
Turquoise- If It’s Good Enough For Marie
Sep 28, 2018 • 27 min
Because of popular demand Gem Junkies explore the long and exotic history of Turquoise. A gemstone as old as time is sure to have been used for some weird stuff. Explore the lore and science behind this blue treasure and keep an eye out for a Turquoise on…
Journey To ‘The Rough’- What Happens In Tanzania
Sep 21, 2018 • 33 min
Gem Junkies are back from their venture into Tanzania to explore the mines of the gemstones featured in ‘Sharing The Rough.’ They recap their visit to the mines, the cutters, and the Maasai school, and of course the SAFARI! Join us for a fun episode, and…
The Very Cultured Pearl Pt 2
Aug 31, 2018 • 30 min
Wrapping things up in our own special coating of Nacre with our part 2 of the Pearl series. Brecken and Jonathan follow the life of a well-traveled Pearl, we also head to a very strange place to uncover the worlds biggest Pearl, all while discussing what…
Seduce Them With Those Big Pearls, Girl
Aug 24, 2018 • 28 min
Well, with the world as our oyster there is only one thing on our mind- PEARLS. Brecken & Jonathan begin to delve into this timeless, organic gemstone in their two part series. In this episode we learn how Cleopatra brings all the kings to the yard, how…
History, Death, Destruction, & Spinel
Aug 17, 2018 • 27 min
Finally, the track we have been teasing about- Brecken and Jonathan discuss a fiercely trending gem, and all of the death and destruction revolving around this impostor crystal. So come for the lore, and stay for the science as we breakdown Spinel in this…
Aug 9, 2018 • 26 min
Gem Junkies, Brecken and Jonathan spend this week chatting with friend, and beloved Instagram Jewelry Guru, Benjamin Guttery, a.k.a. THIRD COAST GEMS! We hear how Benjamin and Third Coast Gems came to be, get a hard lesson in consistency and perseverance…
Sharing The Rough- From Mine To Market
Aug 3, 2018 • 21 min
Brecken and Jonathan Farnsworth sit down and chat with good friend, and filmmaker, Orin Mazzoni, to discuss his most recent work documenting the journey of a gemstone from mine to market. His film takes a deeper look at all of the hands a gemstone touches…
Topaz- Good for Cataracts?
Jul 26, 2018 • 24 min
This week we touch on a pretty gemstone that you might be surprised comes in more colors than blue- TOPAZ. Brecken wants to share stories of what those crazy ancient people thought the stone did, and Jonathan makes a medical discovery. As always we will…
Perido or Peridont
Jul 19, 2018 • 26 min
This week on the pod junkies Brecken and Jonathan dive into the legends, history, market, and science behind this green(ish) August birthstone. Whether you perido like it or preidon’t like this gemmy, you should peritry to understand it!
The Tanzanite Diaries
Jul 12, 2018 • 22 min
A curiosity recently unveiled in the gemstone world, this week Brecken & Jonathan talk Tanzanite. What makes them gemstone valuable, and why does that change so much? What gives this gemstone color, AND WhY DOeS ThaT CHaNGE sO MUCh?! So many questions,…
Hi - Ho Hi - Ho, Off To Mine Tourmaline We Go
Jun 28, 2018 • 32 min
On this episode of Gem Junkies, Brecken and Jonathan discuss a little of everything, everything but the kitchen sink. We are talking Tourmaline, people! You asked, so here it is a full episode on this colorful, fun, and jam packed gem.
Oh, You Fancy, Sapphire
Jun 21, 2018 • 26 min
Brecken & Jonathan are back with part 2 in the Sapphire series where they discuss the rainbow world of this corundum. Sapphire is a sophisticated gem, she has many sides. They also take a look at Phenomenal Sapphires and discuss the market for these…
Blue Sapphire- AKA Liar’s Bane
Jun 14, 2018 • 31 min
The truth is revealed on this episode of Gem Junkies. Where are Blue Sapphires mined? What makes them blue? Wait, isn’t that the same stuff that makes Ruby, red? The answer to all this and more can be found in the episode! We wouldn’t lie to you, we have…
Cleopatra- Girl Loves Her Emeralds
Jun 7, 2018 • 28 min
All the best things in life are green…. I’m talkin Emeralds, people! Gem Junkies cross off number 2 of the big three (Rubies, Emeralds, & Sapphires). We head to COLOOOMBIAAA, check out Emerald mines, and take a look at this inclusive little gem. Join The…
All Hail The King
May 31, 2018 • 21 min
All hail The King of Gemstones, RUBY! You might have heard of it, but do you know why its so renowned and associated with wealth and power? Or what gives Ruby the rich red color? Gemologists and jewelry designers Brecken and Jonathan explore the hefty…
Opal Part Two- White Man In A Hole
May 24, 2018 • 25 min
We are ready for part two on Opals. In this episode we head to the south, the southest of souths- Australia! We talk opal types, miners, markets, and kangaroos. So, grab your breaky (as any aussie would say) and join us!
Opals, Queen Victoria, & A Sassy Shoulder
May 17, 2018 • 24 min
What do Opals, Queen Victoria, and a sassy shoulder have in common? Find out as we introduce Part One of our Opal series. In this episode we discuss the origination of Opals, the science behind their creation, stories and fables from this ancient…
Out Of The Family- The Lotus Garnet Story
May 10, 2018 • 17 min
Gemologists and Jewelry Designers Brecken and Jonathan Farnsworth discuss a new discovery in the gemstone world.