Monthly Archives: December 2016

How Taaffeite was Discovered in a Dublin Antiques Shop

One of the rarest gemstones in the world, very few samples of Taaffeite are known, although there are probably more specimens out there that have been mistaken for spinel. It was discovered in 1945 by Richard Taaffe, an Irish gemmologist and son of Viscount Henry Taaffe. In October of 1945, he was examining a parcel […]