Read more about the article See video of this 15,858-diamond world record watch!
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See video of this 15,858-diamond world record watch!

Last year, Hong Kong based Coronet, a division of Aaron Shum Jewelry, set the Guinness World Record for most diamonds set on a watch at Baselworld, with "Mudan," adorned with an astonishing 15,858 diamonds weighing 50.01 carats.

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Read more about the article 236 carat fancy-colored diamond breaks records
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236 carat fancy-colored diamond breaks records

The Ebelyakh mine in Yakutia has yielded a number of remarkable colored diamonds in the past several years, including this newcomer. A 236 carat yellow-brown crystal which is the largest colored rough diamond ever extracted in Russia.

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Read more about the article IGI Jewelry Design Contest in National Jeweler
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IGI Jewelry Design Contest in National Jeweler

"IGI Is Holding a Jewelry Design Contest And It’s Free to Enter," declares the headline of National Jeweler's coverage of IGI's "Collision and Fusion" Jewelry Design Contest. Fashion Editor Ashley Davis provides a concise overview in her article and, importantly, reiterates the event's fundamental premise.

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Read more about the article eBay India announces its association with IGI
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eBay India announces its association with IGI

Emphasizing their commitment toward buyers and sellers alike, eBay India has announced the Gems and Jewelry Certificate program (GJC) in cooperation with IGI. Under this program, Indian eBay sellers can have their products independently graded by IGI at competitive prices, empowering confidence for consumer-buyers.

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Read more about the article RESOLVE and DDI merge to advance Responsible Sourcing
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RESOLVE and DDI merge to advance Responsible Sourcing

RESOLVE, an early pioneer in the area of environmental conflict resolution, and the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), responsible for facilitating more efficient, formal and environmentally responsible approaches in the African diamond mining sector, will integrate their programs to strengthen their efforts going forward.

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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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Read more about the article Diamond miners & producers going carbon neutral
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Diamond miners & producers going carbon neutral

Several years ago industry giant DeBeers went on-record with plans to go carbon-neutral at some of its mines by 2022. Now nine of DeBeers' sightholder-producers are pledging to work toward the same goal of carbon-neutrality.

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Read more about the article IGI invites the world to ‘Collision and Fusion’ Jewelry Design contest
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IGI invites the world to ‘Collision and Fusion’ Jewelry Design contest

A chance to win awards, cash-prizes, education, recognition and exposure: The 2020 IGI JEWEL Jewelry Design Contest invites jewelers, artists, teachers, students and fans alike to submit design-concepts in four categories by August 20. Participation is free of charge and open to anyone, whether professional or not.

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Read more about the article Everybody loves the BLUES
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Everybody loves the BLUES

Maynard Ferguson had a different blues in mind when composing his jazz masterpiece for the 1993 album "It's My Time," but blue diamonds have a special appeal and character all their own. Like the call and response motifs which characterize blues jazz, blue diamonds seem to call out to each other in their individual but harmonious combinations of hue, tone and saturation.

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IGI gives advice in World Bride Magazine

Stacey Marcus recently offered a number of Trends and Tips on the Modern Way to find your Dream Diamond for World Bride Magazine. One of the experts approached for advice was Scott Friedman, Master Gemologist Appraiser with IGI North America.

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Read more about the article A Heart-to-Heart about these auction items
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A Heart-to-Heart about these auction items

The July Sotheby’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels auction did not disappoint, in items offered or bids commanded. I thought I would share a few of my favorite jewelry items sold - and sprinkle in another genre or two, just for fun.

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Read more about the article Chicken cleaning and heat treatment. What?
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Chicken cleaning and heat treatment. What?

Treatments have been used to enhance the appearance of gemstones since ancient times.  The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used dyes, coatings, oils and other methods to improve the color, durability and luster of their gemstones and pearls. But the most fascinating and fanciful tool used for enhancements may very well be the humble chicken.

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IGI President Avi Levy featured on Smiling Rocks podcast

Discussing the world situation, the need to evolve and the importance of education, transparency and authority, Avi Levy, President of IGI North America provided diamond industry insight to Smiling Rocks CEO and Co-founder Zulu Ghevriya on their company podcast.

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How the gemstone ‘Color Universe’ works

Gemstones and fancy-colored-diamonds appear in all the colors of the rainbow, at different shades, with different intensities. Since the human eye can distinguish around 13 million shades and nuances of color, gemologists have developed a consistent method of mapping a gemstone's proper position in the broad 'Color Universe.'

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Read more about the article Trapiche gemstones and Carmel Sapphire
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Trapiche gemstones and Carmel Sapphire

Have you ever heard of “trapiche” gemstones? Those elegant six- pointed stars, so unique, so rare, so peculiar, such as emerald-beryl, ruby-corundum and sapphire-corundum, garnet, tourmaline and chiastolite? What about Carmel Sapphire, never found before on the whole terraqueous globe

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