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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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Colored Stones: All About Garnet – Rock Star of Gems

Alright, buckle up because we’re about to take a road trip on the gemstone bus to the land of garnets! If you imagine gemstones had personalities garnets would be the rock stars crashing around the stage. Garnet is truly the ‘wild child’ of gems!

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Colored Stones: All About Aquamarine

Once upon a time, in a mystical underwater kingdom, there lived a gemstone with the most enchanting tale to tell. This gem was none other than the illustrious aquamarine, an ancient treasure that has long captivated hearts and minds with its mesmerizing beauty and fascinating oceanic mythology.

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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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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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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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December birthstones

Exploring the Enchanting Quartet of December Birthstones

December, the last month of the year, brings with it a sense of celebration and reflection. Additionally, December’s babies are […]

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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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74 ct Diamond Necklace Headlines HK’s Magnificent Jewels Auction

See the internally flawless fancy vivid yellow diamond set in a diamond studded necklace that will headline Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction this weekend, with a high estimate of $5.1 million USD, and more popular lots.

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What A Gem – Get to Know Jewelry Designer Ray Griffiths

Born in Sydney and now based in New York City, designer Ray Griffiths is known for his bold, gem-forward pieces, which always give the stone or stones pride of place, from kaleidoscopic opals to turquoise the size (and color) of robin’s eggs.

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Inclusions

Inclusions: A Road Map to Beauty

You could say that minerals and gemstones are in the DNA of artist Naomi Sarna,  who grew up in Montana, […]

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7 Fun Facts about Sapphire, Birthstone of September

As the leaves begin to change color and summer’s warmth yields to the crispness of autumn, September ushers in a new season of beauty and wonder. It is a month of transition, and fittingly, its birthstone, the sapphire, embodies the very essence of this change. Here are several fun facts and historical points of interest about this remarkable gemstone.

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4 Fun Facts about Peridot, Birthstone of August

Peridot, with its vibrant green hue, is a gem that has captivated human hearts for centuries. Celebrated in ancient times as the “gem of the sun,” peridot’s color ranges from deep green to yellow-green or greenish-yellow. Beyond its visual allure, peridot enjoys a fascinating history and an association with metaphysical and healing properties.

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5 Must-See High Jewelry Collections From Paris Couture Week

Every year, while Americans are celebrating the Fourth of July over fireworks, sparklers of an entirely different variety descend on Paris around the same time. Known as Paris Couture Week, this important summertime event is when some of the most influential fine jewelry houses unveil their high jewelry collections to buyers, press and other VIPs.

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Fancy Colored Diamonds

21 Fun Facts – What Causes Diamond Color?

Only about 1 in 10,000 natural gem quality diamonds is fancy colored. Within that small percentage, some colors are more common than others, making certain of the colors extraordinarily rare. So, what causes us to see these various colors, and why are some so rare?

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The Earthly Mystery of ‘Super Deep’ Diamonds

Mother Nature continues to amaze and delight us. Just as mankind seems to have “cracked the code” on the complexities of diamond creation up here, in our laboratories, she smiles and presents more earthly mysteries we have yet to solve.

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Join IGI at JCK Las Vegas – Daily Schedule

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.

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Watch! Video Shorts of Model Shoots from IGI D Show

Enjoy a series of video shorts featuring some of the beautiful jewelry models and dazzling adornments appearing at the first international IGI D Show this weekend at the Hilton Dubai, Al Habtoor City in Dubai, UAE.

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Tiffany & Co. Reopens New York ‘Landmark’ on Fifth Avenue

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.

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Largest Ruby Ever Auctioned Could Command $30M

On June 8, a 55.22 carat ruby discovered by Canadian company Fura Gems in Mozambique will be up for auction in New York. Named Estrela de Fura (or Star of Fura in Portuguese) it’s expected it to fetch “in excess of” $30 million.

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IGI GemBlog Climbs to Feedspot’s Top 5

The IGI GemBlog has improved its position among thousands of blogs and websites, ranked by traffic, social media followers, domain authority & freshness according to Feedspot, the internet’s largest human-curated database of bloggers.

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