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Paintings or gemstone inclusions?
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Paintings or gemstone inclusions?

Are close-ups of gemological inclusions actually works of art, painted by Mother Nature in anticipation of our creative human inspirations? When exploring the mysterious spaces of crystals we must sometimes ask ourselves whether we've stepped into another area, the field of real art.

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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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X-Ray diamond sorting ‘behind the scenes’
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X-Ray diamond sorting ‘behind the scenes’

Have you heard of X-Ray diamond sorting? If not, be my guest and travel behind the scenes to an alluvial diamond-mining operation overseen by our friends at Alrosa. They have provided an amazing video example of this efficient method of separating the wheat from the chaff, as it were.

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Extraordinary and unusual stones
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Extraordinary and unusual stones

Humans need variety right now. We're always hungry for something new, sick of eating the same old thing. So let's change things up. Set out your tableware, put on the candles and prepare for a nouvelle experience in three courses. Bon appétit!

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And the 4.4 billion-year-old winner is –
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And the 4.4 billion-year-old winner is –

The oldest earth-born object known to man, this tiny item is a part of our planet's crust which crystallized an astounding 4.4-billion-years ago. Older than our planet's diamonds. Older, even, than extraterrestrial iron and crystal that fell to earth from the sky.

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Gambling with colored stones?
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Gambling with colored stones?

This fascinating game gets played where the resources are rich, but the people are poor. It is like being on the stock market floor, I suppose. A point upward or downward can quickly bring delight - or defeat.

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Can you solve this heist online?
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Can you solve this heist online?

Living in our world's new normal, is there a chance the thieves who shattered the Green Vault and plundered Dresden Castle would turn to e-Fencing or even outright anonymous sale?

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Dear humans, you’re welcome.
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Dear humans, you’re welcome.

Considered a gift from the mermaids, this translucent gemstone became worn by ancient sailors for the protection it was thought to offer at sea. As we bring March to close it's fitting to visit the wonderful aspects of this month's birthstone, the aquamarine.

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A matter of expression
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A matter of expression

I was visiting with my esteemed colleague Luigi Costantini in Italy - practicing safe social email-distancing of course - and the topic of expressions came up. Namely, how the internet has influenced symbology.

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