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Identifying isotropic vs anisotropic gemstones

When the Great Imperial Crown was made for the coronation of Catherine the Great in 1762 the court jewelers believed they were topping over 5,000 diamonds and pearls with an enormous 398 carat ruby. But it was never so. They had been fooled by a charming imposter.

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IGI Shanghai ribbon-cutting ceremony, January 9, 2020

IGI Shanghai opens new headquarters

On January 9, 2020, IGI Shanghai opened new offices in the prestigious Bund Finance Center. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by industry and business leaders, along with principals and personnel…

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The ‘Secret’ of black diamonds

History’s most famous black-diamonds may be those included in the Fantasy Bra worn by Adriana Lima at the 2008 Victoria’s Secret fashion show.. That's perfectly fitting, since black-diamonds have a “Secret” of their own, as we will reveal below...

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2020 vision

From the beginning the International Gemological Institute has had total commitment to understanding consumer concerns. So it’s appropriate, at the beginning 2020, that we are launching another means of reaching,…

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IGI Italy launches coral course & student scholarships

Marcianise, Italy (May 28, 2019) – Traditionally a topic included in seminars on organic stones, the International Gemological Institute (IGI) – Italy will now offer its first coral class. As…

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This record-breaking perfume bottle is covered in 3,500 diamonds

A perfume bottle boasting more than 3,500 diamonds has been unveiled in Dubai. Called SHUMUKH, the perfume now holds the record for most diamonds set on a perfume bottle with 3,571. The new…

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IGI to hold first jewelry design course in Antwerp

Due to continued popularity among students, the International Gemological Institute (IGI) will host its first Jewellery Design course in Antwerp this spring. Historically offered in Shanghai, India and Dubai, the…

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IGI Launches Progressive Diamond ID Report

Antwerp, Belgium (October 23, 2017) – The International Gemological Institute (IGI) today formally announced its diamond evaluation card – the Diamond ID report. Unlike other reports where the diamond is…

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IGI Launches two associations

NAPLES (June 12, 2017) – The International Gemological Institute (IGI) will launch two new associations this week during a one-day workshop to update attendees on the technical and commercial impact…

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