What’s 150,000 times more rare than diamond?
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What’s 150,000 times more rare than diamond?

An extremely rare variety of beryl which gets its red color from trace amounts of manganese, the Utah Geological Survey estimated that one crystal of red beryl is found for every 150,000 gem-quality diamonds. In 2006 the Jewelers Association designated red beryl as the world's rarest colored gemstone.

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The French Blue, a story of travel, treasure and diamonds
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The French Blue, a story of travel, treasure and diamonds

Just imagine - a humble mapmaker’s son travels the ancient world, discovers fantastic treasures, rescues a damsel and rises to the highest levels of French aristocracy. If you don't know the story, “The French Blue" is a terrific read for true-lovers of diamonds, gemstones, travel, excitement and romance. 

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Rough diamond sales go digital
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Rough diamond sales go digital

Rough sellers are partnering with technology providers to facilitate digital-scans, videos and potential polishing plans for rough diamonds to their customers. Originally intended to facilitate pre-selection of choices ahead of traditional tenders, remote-purchasing has now become an option.

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Diamond teleportation? Beam me up, Scotty!
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Diamond teleportation? Beam me up, Scotty!

Did you know whatever device you're using to read this post - mobile, tablet or desktop - wouldn't exist without lab-grown diamonds? Did you know diamonds are being used for medical imaging, quantum entanglement and (you read it right) teleportation? Read on.

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The Esperanza Diamond is still for sale
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The Esperanza Diamond is still for sale

Did you ever wonder what happened to the incredible Esperanza Diamond? After a charmed journey, but a failed auction, this national treasure is still for sale. Let’s re-visit her unique story and see where things stand today.

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Nasa, SpaceX and mining diamonds
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Nasa, SpaceX and mining diamonds

As the world watches the engaging achievements of NASA and SpaceX - and Boeing sits in the wings hungry to make their own space-shots - let's take a fanciful look at the landscape ahead for diamond and jewelry enthusiasts.

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A loose diamond within a diamond
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A loose diamond within a diamond

Nature never stops providing the extraordinary, unexpected and unique. This adamantine oddity was unearthed at an open-pit mine 200 miles north of Nyurba, Russia last October. Specialists immediately passed it to ALROSA's Research and Development Geological Enterprise.

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Phenomenal cat’s-eye and color-change chrysoberyl
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Phenomenal cat’s-eye and color-change chrysoberyl

When someone says "Cat's-Eye" reference to a colored gemstone they are referencing a specific variety of chrysoberyl. Cat's-Eye chrysoberyl and its cousin Alexandrite, also known as Color-Change chrysoberyl are gemstones which can display the following phenomenal optical properties.

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Cut Quality Cliffs Notes

Last weekend I was asked to provide guidance for a quarantined self-gifter buying a diamond online. In order to make this online purchase she wanted a no-fail combination of weight, color, clarity and (drum roll, please) cut-quality.

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Natural diamond? Lab-grown diamond? How to choose?
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Natural diamond? Lab-grown diamond? How to choose?

“A diamond is forever,” but the makers of that slogan considered it a two-way street, connecting a diamond’s billion-year past with an infinite-future. They never imagined someone proposing with a “forever” diamond that’s younger than the bride.

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