Gibraltar emeralds

Gibraltar emeralds

Gibraltar Tourism can help you make informed choices about investing in Gibraltar gemstones or banks.


With banks crashing all around us, the instability of the markets, the fluctuation of diamonds and gold plummeting, many savy investors wanting a secure and stable place to keep their money safe are looking towards the emerald market, and what better place than Gibraltar. Only the truly savy know about this until now, so if you want to protect your hard earned cash in a safe place read on.

Is your birthday in May? If so, lucky you—the stunning green emerald is your birthstone! A scarce gem, the emerald is a symbol of beauty, status and power, valued particularly for its rich color.

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Many people purchase emerald gems and emerald jewellery simply for their beauty and appeal—perhaps as a romantic keepsake or special gift for a loved one—without even considering their value as an investment. How many people do you know who buy emeralds for their cash value?

Although emerald gems are not as popular as stock investments, there are savvy jewelers and investors who consider acquiring emerald gems as assets a serious business, and one that rivals the difficulties of many conventional investment vehicles.

There are many things to consider when purchasing an emerald for its investment value. First, let’s answer one very important question:

Are Emeralds Good for Investments?

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1. They’re small and easy to store – unlike stocks, cash, or real estate and other traditional forms of investment; valuable emerald gems are conveniently small in relation to their cash value. Just imagine: a gem worth $10 million could fit in the palm of your hand! This makes emerald gems the ultimate investment vehicle for non-detectable and easily kept assets. You don’t need a big bank vault or an army of accountants to keep track of them for you!

2. Private and anonymous investments – currently, transactions related to emerald gems and other precious stones do not require reporting to government agencies, as long as you’re a private owner and not an emerald dealer. This means you can invest in emerald gems without having them listed as part of your public records. Private investors can store emerald gems wherever they wish, be it a bank vault or a personal safe. This is ideal for investors who want to keep their assets safe from prying eyes.

3. Emeralds gems don’t easily fluctuate in value – unlike stocks and mutual funds that require regular checking to keep your money afloat and earning, emerald gems command a stable value in the market, and can save you the hassle of constantly checking the stock market and moving your funds from one stock to another.

4. Gibraltar is the perfect place to purchase gemstones, diamonds and especially emeralds, with expert dealers in a tax haven it’s cheaper getting you much more for your money, Gibraltar dealers offer a highly confidential service and most importantly it’s secure because it’s a little piece of Britain.

As we know, today’s economy is facing high levels of inflation, and this trend is expected to continue. For this reason, investing in emerald gems is a good idea, since their values don’t plummet like stocks and other traditional investments. Even when the price of high quality diamonds fell by 20%, emerald gems held their value—some even saw a price increase.

If you want to find out more about investing in emerald gems in Gibraltar then contact for a confidential consultation and introduction to a reputable and long established gem dealer here in Gibraltar.

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Golden rule – Always take an experienced independant gemologist with you to inspect the stones.

Death of Victor Carranza Emerald Tzar died April 4th 2013 – how will this affect the price of  emeralds?

Some reference has been taken from Sanchez International

Written by Gibraltar Tourism – John Middleton


Gibraltar excursions and day trip

Gibraltar excursions and day trip

Things to do in Gib

There is plenty to see and do in Gibraltar, probably too much for a day trip but below are some of the options available.

The Apes – Everyone, or almost everyone should know that Gibraltar has it’s own population of wild Barbary Apes and there are many ways to see these delightful characters.  Mostly they live up the rock in the nature reserve so a taxi tour is a great option.  Perhaps the Cable Car, but best to avoid if there is an ocean liner in as queues can be hours waiting.    The Cable Car goes up and down every ten minutes or so and each car holds a max of 25.  It goes from the bottom of the rock to the top, so the other attractions up the rock would involve quite a walk, St. Michaels Cave for example is quite a way away.

Generally the apes at the very top where the Cable Car drops off, can be the most aggressive, unlike other tribes lower down.  Also there is more security when taking a taxi tour as the guides and taxis are well versed with these creatures and give good advice to visitors on not touching them.  They know lots of the apes by name.  Taxi rides are approximately £50 for a family of four, but then there are the upper rock entry fees to add to that bringing the total to somewhere around £80.

Sounds expensive, but not really when you consider the tours are about one and a half hours with a private chauffeur/guide to take you not only to all of the sights but also only the taxis go right to the top of the rock and drive right along giving you a marvellous view of the Med and Atlantic.  Taxis can be found at the border, Casemate and Trafalgar cemetrry and you can haggle with the drivers for a price.

The Cable Car is great if you’ve never been up in a cable car before, and it is a quick way to get to the top, especially if you enjoy the walk down.  Prices for the car are around £10 return and there is no entry fee to the upper rock because the main attractions are nowhere near.  So for a family of four it is about £40 in comparison to the taxi, but then you only get to see one quarter of what there is to see with a bit of that unfinished feeling maybe.

St. Michaels Cave – this is a must see, or rather feel.  Stepping into the darkness from the hot bright sun it is lit with fairy lighting and really feels as if you have landed on another planet.  Like something out of a movie.  And there are plenty of apes near the entrance, they especially like the cafe outside and the ice-cream freezer :)  with the odd one taking their chance each time a customer opens it to take a Cornetto!

There are various batteries and remnants of the vast military history of Gib.  Huge guns, pill boxes and forts.  It really is amazing even for those not so interested in history because all of that stuff is decommissioned and not placed specially for display.  Those old guns are just too darned heavy to move so why not let the tourists climb all over them.
The views are great as long as the visibility is as good, which it usually is.  Walking up the rock is ok for the young and brave but it is a steep and tiring climb.  Take a bottle of water to keep hydrated and don’t drink from the fire hydrants, they are salt water fed.
There are many other sights such as Europa Point, Casemate, Main Street for that essential duty free shopping (although be careful not everything that says it is duty free is cheap)
If you are travelling from the Costa del Sol or Chiclana you may come by car but allow for a bit of a queue getting in.  Check out the live webcam here before you set off.  This isn’t just because of border disruption, it is down to aircraft landings and runway closures and mostly because there are a lot of cars wanting to get into a tiny place.  There is parking in Spain quite close by so a lot of people park there and walk in.
There are hundreds of restaurants serving egg and chips, beans on toast and all the culinary delights of the UK at reasonable prices.  UK beer en masse!  And cigarettes are very cheap compared to the UK.  If you are a strict non smoker and don’t like the smell of smoke at all then don’t come to Gib.  Just one of those things it’s famous for.
Some of the really beautiful and hidden gems are Catalan Bay, great little beach with the Caleta Hotel majestically draped down the cliff.  Or Camp Bay where there is a swimming pool open during the summer months.  Everywhere is accessible by bus and the bus drivers are great, ask before you get on where you want to go.
The tourist board provide free, and exceptionally comprehensive, maps to help you find your way around and their offices in Casemate offer all the contact points you could imagine.
Speaking of Casemate there is the glass blowing center where you can watch them hand crafting and glass blowing.  Quite fascinating how they manipulate the soft hot pliable glass on the end of extremely long metal rods.  Casemate is also lined with a selection of restaurants and if you like fish and chips try out Roys, they are the best fish and chips since Norwich Market.
The Kings Bastion is also a great sight and is reportedly haunted!  The walls are 15 feet thick and you can still see where it took a pounding from enemy cannonballs during the last great siege of Gibraltar.  An old fort with a modern bowling centre, restaurants, cinema, ice rink and much, much more.
We’ve had quite a few emails asking about services to Morocco.  There was a ferry service direct from Gib to Tangier, but not now.  Perhaps at some point in the future.  There is air travel to Marrakech
Then there are the botanical gardens, Trafalgar Cemetery and perhaps tea at the Rock Hotel, all located quite near each other near the cable car bottom station. The tax office is also up there in case you wanted to file a tax return on your way.  Always helpful to know.
There is no need to book any of the above in advance.  But DO check if there is a big ocean liner in on the day you visit.  Check here.  Ocean liners dump sometimes thousands of people on Gib and it clogs up faster than the border queue.  No taxis available, big waiting times at the cable car, can’t move on Main Street.
Enjoy your time in Gib :)


New Gibraltar coach park is now located next to the Kings Bastion.  Gibraltars old coach terminal was located near the Cruise Liner terminal.

New suggested possible locations are near the Kings Bastion or Queensway.

Written by Gibraltar Tourism – John Middleton



Sunborn Gibraltar

Sunborn Gibraltar

7th June 2013 – See photos from the planning department published here on today

nerves are fraught over the anticipated arrival of the new Sunborn to Gibraltar, not only from the directors and CEO’s of the company

Gibraltar is expectantly waiting for the arrival of the new Sunborn Floatel, a classy five star floater, real James Bond style material, promising a bright new future for young aspiring Gibraltarians.

But where is she in transit?  Where is she coming from?  Where are the photos?

Boasted as a mass employer and boost to Gibraltar’s economy, we all await the arrival of the Sunborn Yacht Fixed Floating Hotel at Ocean Village/ Marina Bay with bated breath.

Sunborn is due to make her debut in Gibraltar in less than 13 days according to official reports, which by our estimates would make her first appearence on Gib shores on or around 19th June 2013, but we are awaiting confimation from CEO’s of the Sunborn project whether she is on schedule or not.

There have been a few contraditions in the media as to whether or not this Sunborn is the only Sunborn in the world.  Some publications have suggested that there are other Sunborns, however have not been able to find satisfactory or substantial, google, yahoo, Bing or Tripadvisor reviews for the Sunborns, as one would expect, even with a modest B&B in Torquay one would expect more than a few reviews from a concept existing since 1998, neither is there an innundation of youtube films, in fact there is little or no mention of the Sunborn except on Gibraltar official PR machine.

Gibraltar Tourism look forward to seeing a new and innovative idea such as the Sunborn, not only to create jobs but also to promote Gibraltar, but there are many, many questions left unanswered, and a great deal of mystery, all very exciting and intriguing:

Where is she coming from?

Which boatyard has been revamping her?

If the ship is brand new then why does she need to dock at Gib naval docks for a lick of paint and some televisions fitting, that sort of thing (quote from Brian Stevendale CEO Sunborn on YGTV interview) who also adds that there is stakeholder from the government of Gibraltar!  Interesting!  The charasmatic Mr Stevendale also goes on to say that Gibraltar is losing out to neighbouring Spain because there are no hotels nearby to offer the same high standards.

Most perplexing is that Gibraltar Toursim can’t seem to find any evidence that any other Sunborn exists anywhere else in the world, so will Gibraltar really have something that cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world?  If so then that in itself is a selling point.

Whatever the case, the workers at Marina Bay need to get a wriggle on if they are to finish their work in the next 14 days, photos of development coming soon on the new dock for Sunborn.

Can’t wait to see it when it arrives…


By John Middleton –


Sunborn Gibraltar 

James Bond lifestyle job opportunities for young Gibraltarians

Interviews start today 30th May 2013

Press Release…



“Five Star” Jobs for Gibraltar


Having unveiled its exciting vision for Gibraltar in last week’s media, five star yacht hotel Sunborn Gibraltar is now gearing up for a Recruitment Open Day on Thursday 30 May.   Up to 200 permanent roles are available for local candidates.


Brian Stevendale, CEO for Sunborn Gibraltar, says, “As you can imagine from a yacht hotel with 189 rooms and an array of five star dining, leisure and event facilities, we have a considerable number of roles to fill.  Some will be more immediate, we’ll need staff to work on the commissioning process when Sunborn Gibraltar arrives in less than three weeks time, and others will need to be in place when she’s operational in the second half of 2013 – although training will start much sooner.  We want to offer young people in particular a real opportunity to come onboard, undergo an apprenticeship and learn five star hospitality skills which will leave them in good stead for future international employment.  It’s what Gibraltar deserves.”


Taking place on Thursday from 2pm to 7pm at Sunborn Gibraltar’s development offices within Sotheby’s on Ocean Village Promenade, the Recruitment Open Day gives potential candidates a chance to meet the team and find out more about job opportunities with Sunborn.  It’s an informal information-gathering exercise and all people need bring are their questions and an up-to-date CV.


Brian finishes, “We’re bracing ourselves for huge interest on Thursday as it’s such a unique brand and concept.  Sunborn Gibraltar will for some time be the only five star yacht hotel in existence in the world, the first of a fleet that is destined for some of the most iconic cities around the globe including London, Barcelona, New York, Tokyo and St Petersburg.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to participate in this incredible journey from the very beginning.”


Sunborn Gibraltar

Ready to welcome guests in the second half of 2013, Sunborn Gibraltar is the latest 150 million euro addition to the revolutionary floating hotel fleet.  Standing proudly in Ocean Village Marina, set against a backdrop of the iconic 1,400ft ‘Rock’, Sunborn Gibraltar counts 189 guest rooms, 90% of them with outdoor space, and all with full-height glazing to capture the Mediterranean views.


142 metres long and a height of seven storeys, Sunborn Gibraltar exudes five star elegance in its rooms, casino, Spa and fitness centre, casino, cocktail lounges, fine dining restaurants and grandiose ballroom – the ultimate setting for a lavish celebration.  Conferences and events are equally well catered for in flexible meeting space for up to 540 delegates.


Sunborn Gibraltar is an essential addition to the territory’s hospitality offering and meets a growing demand for luxury hotel and convention facilities in a flourishing economic environment.  Visit Sunborn Gibraltar’s dedicated website



Sunborn super yacht due to arrive in Gibraltar …

watch this space……. exclusive photos coming soon

coming soon


Written by Gibraltar Tourism – John Middleton