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A selection of chic, wearable jewelry goes on the block at Sotheby’s Paris this coming Tuesday, March 21st, in a two part sale featuring 347 lots. Of particular note in this sale are pieces incorporating natural pearls.
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated all around the world, particularly in Ireland and among those of Irish descent. It is a day of revelry, merriment, and green-themed festivities. One gemstone that's often associated with St. Patrick's Day is peridot.
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Join us March 15th at 2:00 pm ET for 'Lab Grown Diamonds: What's now? What's new? What's next?' a webinar presented by IGI and THE MVEye, as part of National Jeweler's Supplier Spotlight webinar series.
Students of the Eugenio Montale Institute in Italy participated in a series of learning sessions involving gemstones and human values. Gemologist Francesco Sequino added his professional experience and insight on behalf of the International Gemological Institute.
GQ.com Style Editor Yang-Yi Goh recently published 'The Wild New Era of High-End Men's Jewelry' covering modern masculine menswear from wallet chains to dental 'grills.' We found the photos masterful, employing vivid context to bring life and personality to the jewelry items described.
Aquamarine may be more widely known, but March babies have the luxury of two birthstone choices. Both have a historic association with protection and healing, yet they look distinctly different.
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The world's largest diamond cutting and polishing center exists in Surat, the second largest city in India’s Gujarat province. There are well over 5,000 cutting and polishing factories, ranging from family run businesses to many of the diamond industry's biggest players.
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Australian mining company Lucapa has unearthed a 150 carat D color Type IIa rough diamond at their Lulo alluvial mine in Angola. Last year five rough crystals over 100 carats were recovered from the Lulo deposit, including crystals weighing 113, 131 and 160 carats in September alone.
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The lab grown diamond market is projected to reach nearly $50 billion in 2030. Earlier this month CBS' Nancy Chen investigated lab grown diamonds and the reasons behind one young couple's choice.
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Amethyst, the birthstone of February, is an appealing gemstone with a long and fascinating history. Throughout the centuries, amethyst has been valued for properties other than its purple aesthetic. Here are some fun facts about amethyst.
IGI recently joined the membership of the World Diamond Council (WDC), an industry association dedicated to protecting the integrity of natural diamonds and their distribution chain.
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IGI recently certified a timepiece which now holds a Guinness World Record. Created by Renani Jewels of India, the piece is adorned with 17,524 diamonds, the most ever set on a watch.
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IGI's grading laboratory and school of gemology in Antwerp, where the institute was first established in 1975, have been declared carbon neutral according to PAS 2060 standards by SCS Global Services (SCS), a world leader in third-party sustainability certification.
Since the 15th century the diamond ring has been the celebrated symbol of faithfulness, love and commitment. Starting in 1975, when IGI was first established in Antwerp, the world capital…
From a starting pool of more than 500 submissions, IGI is pleased to present the Accessory designs selected as finalists from the 2022 IGI Expressions™ Jewelry Design Competition.
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The Year of the Rabbit officially begins January 22, marking the start of holiday festivities celebrated by nearly two billion people around the world. To everyone who is celebrating Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year and Spring Festival this week, IGI wishes you health, prosperity and a joyful year ahead.
From a starting pool of more than 500 submissions, IGI is pleased to present the Statement Piece designs selected as finalists from the 2022 IGI Expressions™ Jewelry Design Competition.
From a starting pool of more than 500 submissions, IGI is pleased to present the Lightweight Jewelry designs selected as finalists from the 2022 IGI Expressions™ Jewelry Design Competition.
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The 71st Miss Universe competition occurs this evening in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event will showcase almost 90 women from around the world, vying for the job of Miss Universe. The champion of this year's event will wear a crown created by Lebanese Jeweler Fred Mouawad, valued at nearly $6 million.
As lab grown diamonds gain popularity consumers have questions about the "post-growth treatment" comment seen on many IGI grading reports. Post-growth treatments are commonly used to reduce, eliminate or change the diamond's color-appearance. Logically, people want to know "are the treatments permanent?"