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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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America’s patriotic jewelry
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America’s patriotic jewelry

On this USA holiday, when we honor and remember those who serve our country, I thought it would be appropriate to visit symbolic tokens along the same lines. Patriotic jewelry has traditionally connected sweethearts, wives, mothers and families at home to loved ones fighting overseas.

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Millions of tiny diamonds cause candlelight
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Millions of tiny diamonds cause candlelight

Did you know that the sparkle of candlelight is actually created by millions of tiny, brightly burning nano-diamonds? In fact, around 1.5 million microscopic diamonds are created per second in the flame of a candle as it burns.

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The Lost and Found Arrows of Cupid
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The Lost and Found Arrows of Cupid

An exciting discovery was made by Gemologists examining a beautiful red ruby under the microscope. The arrows and needles they found don't just give hints as to the country of origin, they can also indicate when the gemstone has undergone treatment.

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A ballet of joy and hope in jewelry
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A ballet of joy and hope in jewelry

Van Cleef & Arpels' iconic ballerina clips danced onto the American stage in the early 1940s and were immediately embraced by the public, who saw them as refreshing symbols of joy and hope during the uncertain days of World War II. We could all use a bit of joy and hope right now, so let's revisit some of these beautiful jewels.

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The big pink disappointment
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The big pink disappointment

They had been smacking their lips at the Argyle diamond mine. They were hungry to receive the $10 million that beautiful, rare rough pink diamond would bring them. Alas, evil fate!

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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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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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A barrel of beryl
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A barrel of beryl

You know it as emerald, the birthstone of May. Today's post celebrates all Maybies and Mayple (May babies and May people) with a focus on "your stone." The largest high-quality rough emerald ever found, and the poetic story behind its provenance and sale.

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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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