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Scientific first – Diamonds created without heat
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Scientific first – Diamonds created without heat

Our planet's supply of diamonds were produced by four different processes. One took over a million years to achieve results. The next have been working in laboratories and factories, with increasing success, since the 1950s. But until this month man had never replicated that final process.

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Register for our Dec 2 Lab-Grown Diamond Webinar

Jewelers of America and IGI are pleased to present an educational webinar at 2:00 PM Eastern Time Wednesday December 2. Learn physical differences, distinctive characteristics and quality-factors attributable to growth methods and timelines.

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998 carat diamond unearthed by Lucara
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998 carat diamond unearthed by Lucara

Lucara's Karowe Diamond Mine in Botswana just produced one of the five largest diamonds ever found, continuing a series of noteworthy diamond recoveries on those premises.

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‘Spirit of the Rose’ commands $26.7 million at auction
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‘Spirit of the Rose’ commands $26.7 million at auction

An anonymous bidder, buying over the phone, was the winner of the 14.8 carat 'Spirit of the Rose' sold at auction in Geneva, Switzerland one week ago. The largest purple-pink diamond ever to be auctioned, the gavel fell at a final price of 24,393,000 Swiss francs, or 26,700,871 dollars.

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IGI Hong Kong certifies largest CVD grown diamond to date

Following a similar benchmark set three months ago, IGI Hong Kong recently certified the largest laboratory-grown diamond received to date. With a finished weight of 12.75 carats, this collection-quality man-made gemstone was fashioned from a staggering 46.20 carat CVD-grown rough crystal

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See IGI’s new Digital Report Platform

Shopping by computer and smartphone is on the rise, with no sign of stopping. In the interest of serving consumers and retailers alike, IGI recently introduced a new digital platform for loose or mounted diamonds, gemstones and jewelry items.

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The Argyle mine closes. Goodbye, Dear Friend.
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The Argyle mine closes. Goodbye, Dear Friend.

Yesterday, while Americans woke to cast their votes for president of the USA, a quiet retirement took place in the land down under. Australia’s famous Argyle Mine, which has produced 90% of the world’s pink diamonds since 1983, officially closed her doors on November 3.

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Lab-grown diamonds in rainbow colors
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Lab-grown diamonds in rainbow colors

Do you remember when our friends at Diamond DNA had us grade that incredible 10-carat lab-grown diamond transformed from intense yellow to vivid pink using an electron beam? This time…

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‘Spirit of the Rose’ dances to auction Nov 11
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‘Spirit of the Rose’ dances to auction Nov 11

In just 20 days this 14.83 carat Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink diamond will find a new home, when it's offered via live auction by Sotheby's Geneva. The auction house estimates this incredibly rare find could command up to $38 million.

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Diamond jewelry sales rising in USA and China
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Diamond jewelry sales rising in USA and China

The easing of COVID-19 restrictions, combined with growth in online shopping, has seen a steady rise in diamond jewelry sales across the USA and China. This marks several months of improvement across a broad spectrum of shoppers.

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