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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The Unique Beauty of Inclusions

It all started in 2008/2009 when the global economy went into a downward spiral that launched a new jewelry trend. Many people were unemployed and those who were employed chose to wear jewelry that was more understated. Enter the highly included diamond.

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IGI Resumes Diploma Programs in Turkey

IGI has resumed classes in Istanbul, again providing Middle East residents with training and paths to careers in the diamond, gem, and jewelry industry. Students from Turkey, Syria, and Iran attended the first classes to recommence last month.

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Feriel Zerouki

World Diamond Council Elects First Woman President

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.

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Rio Tinto Debuts Argyle Rose™

Rio Tinto recently unveiled a stunning new creation featuring pink and blue diamonds from the Argyle Mine. The Argyle Rose TM Ring features a 1.36-carat fancy deep pink radiant cut, a surround of blue diamonds from Argyle and 2.80-carats of white diamond “petals.”

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Record Setting 116 carat Tsavorite Unveiled at Smithsonian

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.

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108 carat Pink Diamond Discovered in Lesotho

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.

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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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150 ct Rough Diamond Recovered in Angola

Australian mining company Lucapa has unearthed a 150 carat D color Type IIa rough diamond at their Lulo alluvial mine in Angola. Last year five rough crystals over 100 carats were recovered from the Lulo deposit, including crystals weighing 113, 131 and 160 carats in September alone.

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The Top 10 Diamonds from 2022 Auctions

Natural diamond continue to command record breaking prices at auction. Looking back at 2022 we see a diverse set of exceptional diamonds, spanning a range of sizes, which the fall of the gavel transferred to new owners.

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The Golden Canary

This $12M Masterpiece Was First Discarded as Rubbish

In the 1980s a young young girl in the DRC decided to explore a pile of rubble located near her uncle’s house. While playing she found a large golden-colored rock in the pile and took it home to her uncle…

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47 carat Pink Eternity

Record Breaking 47ct ‘Pink Eternity’ Sold in Lesotho

Storm Mountain Diamonds recently sold a 47.80 carat rough pink diamond. Extracted at the Kao mine in Lesotho, the largest […]

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35,000th Diamond Found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas has now yielded 35,000 diamonds to visitors – and counting – since opening to the public 50 years ago. The park’s 37.5-acres field is the world’s only diamond-bearing site accessible to the public.

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IGI Presents Seminars at HardRock Summit

Over 400 exhibitors gathered at the Colorado Convention Center, many for the second consecutive year, to take part in the only USA show to bring mineral & fossil dealers and jewelry & gemstone companies together under one roof.

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Sotheby’s Selling ‘Historic’ 11.15 carat Williamson Pink Star

The 11.15 carat Williamson Pink Star is the second largest internally flawless fancy vivid pink diamond to appear at auction. The cushion cut diamond, estimated at $21 million, will be sold in a single-lot auction in Hong Kong on October 5.

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Will Gem Diamonds Do This in 2022?

Gem Diamonds, with offices in the United Kingdom and Belgium owns the Letšeng Diamond mine in Lesotho and the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana. Year on year those operations produce a number of delightfully large, white, exceptional rough crystals.

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Can this ‘Wizard of Oz’ Restore Diamond Magic Down Under?

The spellcaster in L. Frank Baum’s fictional land of Oz may have been a charlatan, but the appropriately named Merlin diamond mine in Australia could potentially restore gem-quality diamond sparkle to that country.

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New Cobalt Blue Spinel from Tanzania

Mahenge is a small village in the Morogoro region of Tanzania, East Africa. In 2007 deposits of high quality pink and red spinel, discovered there revived the spinel market. Last year a deposit of cobalt blue material was discovered in the same region.

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Polar Bear Diamonds Revived in Canada

Diamonds de Canada (DdC) has been awarded the Polar Bear Diamond™ license, allowing them to bring the iconic trademark back into the market with a renewed look and feel.

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Great American Diamonds

‘Great American Diamonds’ Unveiled at Smithsonian

A new exhibit has been unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. “Great American Diamonds,” featuring four of the most significant diamonds found in the United States.

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Mothae rough diamond

204 carat Diamond Unearthed in Lesotho

Lucapa Diamond Company has just recovered a 204 carat rough diamond from its Mothae mine in Lesotho. This 204 carat […]

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Vitruvian Man

Will ‘DaVinci’ Change Diamond Cutting?

In 2020 Synova, introduced the “Da Vinci Diamond Factory,” an automated system capable of transforming rough diamonds into fully polished round brilliants. Synova has continued to increase its range and recently made it possible for rough diamond scans, used by many entities, to be incorporated into its planning and execution.

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Koffeifontein Mine Processing

Diamond Mine For Sale in South Africa

Petra Diamonds, owner of the legendary Cullinan diamond mine, is looking to sell their Koffiefontein mine, a sister operation acquired from DeBeers’ in 2007. Established in 1870, Koffiefontein is one of South Africa’s oldest diamond mines, located just 50 miles south of Kimberley.

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