IGI India starts 2021 with a Cut Grade workshop

Earlier this month IGI conducted a two-day workshop on Cut Grading for more than 50 diamond experts in Surat, India. The courses, instructed on January 5th and 6th, were attended…

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Uplifting Lost and Found Ring Stories
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Uplifting Lost and Found Ring Stories

It happens. People lose their wedding rings. What doesn't often happen is to find them again, especially in circumstances like those below. Here are three of my favorite, uplifting "lost and found" stories which prove that you should never give up hope.

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Practically Prioritizing the Diamond 4Cs
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Practically Prioritizing the Diamond 4Cs

If you know anything about diamonds it's probably the 4 Cs - Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat Weight. There's plenty of information about the 4Cs which can be found online and learned in conversations with professionals and enthusiasts, but prioritizing them is not always easy. Here are my suggestions.

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IGI President appointed to the Board of Diamonds Do Good
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IGI President appointed to the Board of Diamonds Do Good

IGI North America President Avi Levy is one of 10 new members appointed. Founded Diamonds in 2007, Diamonds Do Good's mission is supporting programs that develop and empower people in countries with significant economic dependence on the natural diamond trade.

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Lucara begins 2021 with a 341 carat stunner
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Lucara begins 2021 with a 341 carat stunner

The hits keep on coming for Lucara at their Karowe mine in Botswana. The Vancouver based company has kicked off the new year with a 341 carat top white gem quality diamond, recovered from the mine's South Lobe over the holiday period.

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Holiday E-Commerce Sees Signet Sales Soar
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Holiday E-Commerce Sees Signet Sales Soar

Signet's stock climbed more than 6% after reporting its same store sales during the holiday season were up 5.6% compared to 2019. Most notably, the jeweler's e-commerce sales rose nearly 61% year over year.

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First Mothae rough sale in 2021 yields $5.6 million
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First Mothae rough sale in 2021 yields $5.6 million

4,676 carats of rough diamonds from Lucapa's Mothae kimberlite mine in Lesotho have been sold in Antwerp. Commanding a record price of $1,198 per carat, the parcel contained a number of larger pieces, including the 101 carat D colored crystal unearthed at the end of 2020.

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7 Staple Items for Every Jewelry-Loving Girl (and Boy)
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7 Staple Items for Every Jewelry-Loving Girl (and Boy)

What the Tiffany Solitaire is to bridal jewelry, the seven staples pictured here are to daily fashion. Each is a versatile classic which has stood the test of time. Easy to accessorize, suitable for nearly any occasion, we return to these popular pieces again and again.

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Same Carat Weight – Visible Size Differences

Different 1.00 carat diamonds can look different sizes. This is because we typically view diamonds from a single direction: Above. Imagine cooking a 1 pound meatball and a 1 pound pancake. On your scale they weigh the same. But the meatball's weight is distributed in a deeper geometry.

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