The year is 1905. The stage is set. Enter De Beers and a shrewd trickster - and what unfolds is history's first Lab-Grown Diamond scam. Played in reverse.
Our planet's supply of diamonds were produced by four different processes. One took over a million years to achieve results. The next have been working in laboratories and factories, with increasing success, since the 1950s. But until this month man had never replicated that final process.
Jewelers of America and IGI are pleased to present an educational webinar at 2:00 PM Eastern Time Wednesday December 2. Learn physical differences, distinctive characteristics and quality-factors attributable to growth methods and timelines.
An anonymous bidder, buying over the phone, was the winner of the 14.8 carat 'Spirit of the Rose' sold at auction in Geneva, Switzerland one week ago. The largest purple-pink diamond ever to be auctioned, the gavel fell at a final price of 24,393,000 Swiss francs, or 26,700,871 dollars.
As the weather grows colder and night comes faster I find myself reaching for my favorite sofa-blanket and channel-surfing more often. Here are a few more movies for jewelry lovers to put on the playlist. There are now more than 30 sparkling hours of jewelry themed movies listed below. So bookmark this post, pop some popcorn, settle in and enjoy the bling.
Following a similar benchmark set three months ago, IGI Hong Kong recently certified the largest laboratory-grown diamond received to date. With a finished weight of 12.75 carats, this collection-quality man-made gemstone was fashioned from a staggering 46.20 carat CVD-grown rough crystal
Shopping by computer and smartphone is on the rise, with no sign of stopping. In the interest of serving consumers and retailers alike, IGI recently introduced a new digital platform for loose or mounted diamonds, gemstones and jewelry items.
Yesterday, while Americans woke to cast their votes for president of the USA, a quiet retirement took place in the land down under. Australia’s famous Argyle Mine, which has produced 90% of the world’s pink diamonds since 1983, officially closed her doors on November 3.
Check out these hairy, scary, wearable masterpieces. Delicious as Halloween candy, these eerie-sistible designs are fit for the world's finest boo-tiques! So share this post with other jewelry lovers and give 'em pumpkin to talk about.
Make some popcorn, pour a beverage and settle in for another visual tour of exotic and enchanting jewelry. The pieces herein are well-covered and splendidly described. 13+ minutes of glorious and uplifting creations from the artists of iconic Richemont Maison: Van Cleef & Arpels.
Rob Bates is a highly regarded diamond and jewelry industry journalist. Now, drawing on his wealth of knowledge and experience involving the worldwide trade of gemstones and jewelry, Rob has created a fun, fictional work... A mystery novel entitled "A Murder Is Forever."
Anglo American is reporting that DeBeers' rough diamond sales during the eighth cycle of 2020 brought in $467 million USD. Not only is this is a significant surge over 2020's seventh cycle, which brought in $334 million, it's a noteworthy increase of 57% over the $297 million realized during the same cycle in 2019.
A private, anonymous collector bidding by phone from Japan is the new owner of the first high-value item of its kind ever offered "without reserve" by Sotheby's. Originally a 271 carat rough diamond unearthed in 2018 at the Victor Mine in Ontario, Canada, it was cut into this 102.39 carat D Flawless oval shape by Diacore.
Today we turn our attention to the optical phenomenon of iridescence, that is the display of dispersive prismatic colors caused by the interference of light - generally due to thin films of gas or liquid - like Iridescent Quartz, Iridescent Agate and Ammolite.