On October 5 Sotheby's Hong Kong will present the 11.28 carat "Infinite Blue" diamond, with a low pre-sale estimate of $26 million, and high estimate of $37 million. The final carat weight, ending in "8," was deliberately planned, as it's considered highly auspicious in Asian culture.
IGI has joined the Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030 (WJI 2030) as a partner member. Founded in 2021 by Kering and Cartier WJI 2030 is guided by the Ten Principals of the United Nations Global Compact and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Sir Gabriel (Gabi) Tolkowsky, one of the most accomplished diamond cutters of all time, has passed away at the age of 84. Knighted by the Belgian government in 2002 for service and contributions to the jewelry industry, Sir Gabi was trusted with cutting some of the world's most iconic diamonds.
Just days after certifying a record-setting 35 carat lab grown diamond, IGI has certified a 50.25 carat specimen measuring 22.95 x 18.45 x 11.57 millimeters - the first lab grown diamond to surpass the significant “half-century” mark in carat weight.
IGI has analyzed and graded a 35.00 carat laboratory grown diamond measuring 23.37 x 15.24 x 9.06 millimeters, the largest to date. Produced by Maitri Lab Grown Diamonds (Maitri), the new record holder was grown using the Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) process.
Take note of IGI's daily schedule for the upcoming JCK show, where we will offer onsite diamond screening and grading, provide education at two "JCK Talks" sessions, conduct demos and host happy hours daily, and provide information to attendees at two separate booth locations.
Feriel Zerouki, a trailblazer in the diamond industry, made history last week as she officially assumed the role of president of the World Diamond Council (WDC). She becomes the first woman to hold this highly regarded position.
The 11.16 carat Bulgari Laguna Blu, the most valuable gemstone ever sold by Bulgari, will go to auction in Geneva May 12, with a pre-sale estimate of more than $25 million. With this announcement, Sotheby's is poised to complete a trifecta of extraordinary, record breaking colored stone sales.
Tiffany & Co. has made a comeback in New York after four years of construction and relocation, and will open to the public tomorrow, with a number of changes. The Fifth Ave location is now called "The Landmark," setting it apart from other locations.
Last week the "Lion of Merelani," a spectacular 116.76 carat tsavorite garnet, was unveiled at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. This exquisite gemstone has been recorded as the largest tsavorite ever cut in the United States and the largest precision-cut tsavorite in the world.
A fancy intense pink rough diamond weighing 108.39 carats has been recovered in the Kingdom of Lesotho, at the Kao mine operated by Storm Mountain Diamonds. This rare Type IIa gemstone is one of the largest pink diamonds in history to have been recovered.
The first international edition of the popular IGI D Show will take place from May 5-7 in Dubai, UAE. Over 100,000 designs from 33 jewelry manufacturers will be on display for representatives from more than 150 prominent retail brands and chain stores.
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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.