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Colored Stones: All About Emerald, Birthstone of May

Emeralds, with their captivating green hue, have been cherished for thousands of years as one of the world’s most popular gemstones. These stunning gems are known for their vibrant color, unique clarity, and remarkable durability. From their formation within the Earth to their rich history and cultural significance, emeralds have captivated the hearts of gemstone enthusiasts and collectors alike.

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Todd Powell

Todd Pownell on Pin Setting Diamonds

Hand-fabricating jewelry in his Cleveland, Ohio studio, designer Todd Pownell is always thinking of new ways to set stones. His recent inspiration comes from loose diamonds. “I’m inspired by those little parcels that hold diamonds,” comments Pownell.

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Rapaport GemTalks with IGI

Join IGI & Rapaport May 15 for ‘Seeing the Light:’ All about light performance in diamonds

Following the recent launch of IGI’s new science-based Light Performance Reports for round brilliant diamonds John Pollard, Senior Director of Education for IGI, and Garry Holloway, developer of the Ideal-Scope, will speak with Rapaport’s Leah Meirovich about what light performance is, how it can add value beyond the 4Cs, and why light performance reports can be helpful for selling diamonds.

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Polish Students at IGI Antwerp

IGI Provides Customized Instruction for Polish Students

For the first time, IGI is instructing a private diamond course to 12 members of the Polish Association of Jewelry Appraisers, Stowarzyszenie Rzeczoznawców Jubilerskich (SRJ). The students are jewelers, dealers and enthusiasts who wish to sharpen their skills at expert analysis and accurate grading of diamonds.

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Pearl farm baskets

Colored Stones: All About Cultured Pearls

Unlike most gems, formed beneath the surface of the earth or in a laboratory, pearls are created by living organisms. And the reason pearls are available in abundance today is because the vast majority are “cultured” in pearl farms, guided by human assistance.

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FairMined Gold, Miners

Fairmined Gold – Building Community

When jewelry designer Dana Bronfman first started her eponymous business she was interested in learning more about ethics and sustainability…

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Platinum’s White Wave

If you follow fashion at all, you can’t help but notice the plethora of white metallics that have come down the runways – whether its clothes, handbags, shoes or accessories the white wave is here.

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Five Trailblazing Jewelry Designers for International Women’s Day

Today we reflect on some past pioneers who redefined the boundaries of craftsmanship and artistic expression in the world of jewelry, leaving behind a legacy of innovation, elegance, and timeless beauty – and smashing through the glass ceiling on behalf of women everywhere.

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Leap Year Proposal

Leap Year Proposal Folklore and More

Leap year, the calendar’s quirky cousin, pops in every four years with the stealth of a ninja but the impact of a leapfrogging elephant.

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Amethyst

Unveiling the Mystique of Amethyst

Amethyst, the birthstone of February, has a history steeped in legend and lore and has enchanted civilizations for centuries. With its striking purple hues, it has become not only a symbol of beauty but also holds deep symbolic meanings across various cultures.

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Year of the Dragon

Enter the Dragon

As the Lunar New Year arrives, millions around the world celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Wood Dragon in 2024. This auspicious occasion, deeply rooted in tradition and culture, brings with it a sense of renewal, hope, and prosperity for the months ahead.

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IGI Expressions

IGI Expressions Surges to Over 1,000 Entries from 40 Countries

IGI Expressions, the free jewelry design competition hosted by IGI, has attracted 1,141 unique entries, the highest total by far. The submissions period, which ended on January 31, was extended by a week due to surging popular demand.

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Cartier

Richemont Reports Surging 4Q Jewelry Sales

Richemont’s best performing division was jewelry during the the last quarter of 2023. Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Buccellati collectively experienced a 6% year-on-year increase in sales, reaching $4.31 billion for the three months ending December 31.

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Suzanne Martinez

Color On The Rise

Color is an important part of our lives, it speaks to us and allows us to express our individuality, something we can define though our favorite colored gemstones.

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Surat Diamond Bourse

Surat Diamond Bourse Surpasses the Pentagon in Size

On December 17th Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India officially inaugurated the Surat Diamond Bourse in the state of Gujarat, India. Boasting a constructed area of 6.6 million square feet, the Surat bourse becomes the world’s largest office complex, surpassing Washington D.C.’s Pentagon which opened 80 years ago and covers 6.5 million square feet.

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Season's Greetings

Season’s Greetings from Our IGI Family to Yours

As the year draws to a close many will gather at home, spending time with those we cherish, and those who cherish us. These gatherings will occur around the world, spanning many geographies, languages and cultures.

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Chris Ploof

Mokume Gane: From Swords to Jewelry

An ancient Japanese sword making technique, Mokume Gane, has become a uniquely modern jewelry making process.

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Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali 2023 from IGI

IGI wishes a joyful Diwali to everyone celebrating, Nov 12-16. Diwali, the festival of lights, is India’s largest and most […]

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The Importance Of IGI

Did You Know? The Vital Role of IGI

First published in National Jeweler. Over the past 10 years the diamond and jewelry industry has evolved at a dizzying […]

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Page and Lussier

Prager replaces Lussier as NDC Chair

David Prager, Chief Brand Officer of De Beers is taking on the role of Chairman at the Natural Diamond Council (NDC). He replaces outgoing Chairman and Director Stephen Lussier, one of the NDC’s co-founders.

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Single Stone Repurposes Vintage Diamonds for a New Life

There’s been a lot of excitement around vintage these days. Celebrities are showing up on the red carpet in vintage […]

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