Impressions and reactions from IGI Worldwide

Keeping diamond color in context
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Keeping diamond color in context

Where do you start seeing color in diamonds? Can you see the difference between F and H color? Can you see the difference between D and E color? In full context those answers will become diamond-specific.

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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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Diamond journalist Rob Bates turns author
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Diamond journalist Rob Bates turns author

Rob Bates is a highly regarded diamond and jewelry industry journalist. Now, drawing on his wealth of knowledge and experience involving the worldwide trade of gemstones and jewelry, Rob has created a fun, fictional work... A mystery novel entitled "A Murder Is Forever."

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Phenomenal, prismatic, iridescent Ammolite

Today we turn our attention to the optical phenomenon of iridescence, that is the display of dispersive prismatic colors caused by the interference of light - generally due to thin films of gas or liquid - like Iridescent Quartz, Iridescent Agate and Ammolite.

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IGI publishes ‘New Normal’ advice via JCK online

IGI has provided insight and advice to diamond, gem and jewelry industry professionals in tandem with JCK Online's sponsored-content initiative: "Solving New Trends in the New Normal" addresses explosive growth in two disruptive industry areas.

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IGI diamond grading among the world’s strictest
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IGI diamond grading among the world’s strictest

Another independent analysis has concluded that IGI's loose diamond grading ranks among the world's strictest. In an independent comparison of dual-certified diamonds IGI's color grading was stricter than that of GIA in a majority of cases, with clarity the same or stricter in most cases, as well.

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Americans are buying diamonds instead of vacations
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Americans are buying diamonds instead of vacations

USA jewelry sales are climbing. Signet Jewelers, the parent of Kay and Jared, saw sales rise at the end of the last quarter and continue to climb in August. Tiffany & company reported the same trend. And diamond jewelry was one of the top product categories at both Macy's and Bloomingdale's during the quarter ending August 1.

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This 102.39 carat D Flawless diamond will make history
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This 102.39 carat D Flawless diamond will make history

An exceptionally rare, clear diamond "the size of a lollipop" is being offered without reserve at auction by Sotheby's. According to the auction house, an item of this historic importance and value has never been offered with no-reserve before.

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Noblesse Oblige

No matter if I am Black, Crystal, White, Fire, Water or in a Matrix, depending on the basic color and in a decreasing progression of red, violet, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo... The title of Noble Opal is the one that I deserved and I still deserve.

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