Impressions and reactions from IGI Worldwide
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In November 2020 industry analyst Edahn Golan correctly predicted a positive US holiday season for jewelry. After analyzing trends in 2021, Mr. Golan has again forecast a booming holiday season.
IGI congratulates Sanaz Ghafari, honored for her winning IGI Expressions™ design. Selected from 555 submissions representing 21 countries, this year's creative works were all designed as interpretations of the word “dream," the competition's theme.
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Each year the Natural Diamond Council projects the latest jewelry trends, as identified by their "Style Collective," a group of leaders across jewelry, fashion and media.
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The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is a standalone, one-of-a-kind experience and should be on the visit list for all lovers of diamonds, gemstones and jewelry.
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While travel between the United States and Central and South America is slow for the airlines right now, it poses a potential opportunity for savvy consumers.
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When you compliment a lady on her diamond the response can vary from a bright smile to a proud origin story. But are younger generations learning “lab-grown lifestyle habits” which will increasingly inform their diamond decisions?
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Amidst continuing waves of uncertainty, fostered by Covid variants, travel restrictions, climate change and supply shortages one thing that's certain is the importance of diamonds and jewelry to consumers.
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Sapphire is the birthstone of September and the gem of the 45th anniversary. Second in hardness only to diamond, its mineral species, corundum, is well suited for jewelry. Let's enjoy some scrumptious sapphire pieces.
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IGI Graduate Namita Naik was recently featured in The Pune Mirror, a publication by The Times Group, an Indian mega conglomerate which also publishes the largest selling English-language daily in the world.
It's doesn't quite sizzle, does it? "Fire Spinel" is far more electrifying, and that's how it's named in Bangkok gemstone shops. But Clinohumite, by any other name, is still Clinohumite.
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IGI is partnering with Virtual Diamond Boutique on an auction of lab grown diamonds and jewelry to benefit Jewelers For Children. The auction begins prior to JCK Las Vegas and concludes the night of the Facets of Hope Dinner. We are accepting product or cash donations and encourage you to join us in this important mission.
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Happy Birthday, July Babies. You crabs and lions of the zodiac. You lovely summer souls. You, who enjoy a special birthstone with special, distinctive color. The birthstone of July - the ruby!
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Proposal season in the USA runs from Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day. Of course suitors should choose the month and day best suited to their situation, but 40% of engagements normally occur between November and February. Prepare yourself with this information on recent trends, pricing and preparation.
A diamond's journey through our laboratory is one of sophisticated assessment and analysis. From intake through inscription, every step is performed with careful attention to detail and thorough, transparent reporting. See how Your Diamond Story may be told to the world with confidence, in this descriptive video.
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While you're preparing for the big celebration, I thought it would be nice to share some videos featuring iconic dazzling red, white and blue gemstones... Two pieces sold by Christie's and Sotheby's - and a little something to tempt you with, at the end. Enjoy!
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Less than 90 days after Tiffany's Instagram account pulled an April Fools' Day prank, the company made good on their promise of "coming excitement" by fulfilling the Fools' Day foreshadowing with a yellow makeover of their Rodeo Drive boutique. What else are we in store for?
IGI's laboratory in Mumbai, India, recently graded a large, heart shaped laboratory grown diamond. The choice of fancy shape, top color grade and exceptional craftsmanship combine to make this large, heart-shaped specimen unique.
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Last November Kay Jewelers introduced us to a sparkling sterling silver version of "The Child" from the hit Star Wars series. The jewelers at Kay have now forged six additional pieces commemorating The Mandalorian and its popular characters and icons.
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Harvard Magazine, a publication founded by university alumni more than 100 years ago, recently published a piece covering Aether Diamonds, a company founded by 2011 Harvard University graduate Bob Hagemann which uses IGI's certification services.
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Diamond lover Joanna Park-Tonks founded CHELSEA ROCKS to deliver 'the creme de la creme of laboratory grown diamonds.' Offered as an alternative to natural diamonds, the London-based company sells 18…