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Proposing this season? Arm yourself with information.

Proposal season in the USA runs from Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day. Of course suitors should choose the month and day best suited to their situation, but 40% of engagements normally occur between November and February. Prepare yourself with this information on recent trends, pricing and preparation.

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Home Jewelry Cleaning – Seven Steps to Sparkle

First things first: A friendly reminder not to expose your gemstone jewelry to mechanical cleaners. Traditional oil treatments can be driven out, dulling transparency or color, and many gems can crack or shatter when exposed to sudden temperature changes or ultrasonic bubble implosions. Use these SEVEN STEPS TO SUCCESS for safe home cleaning.

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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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Read more about the article 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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Some Clarity on Diamond Clarity

Nature's birthmarks? Or unsightly specks? What do you think? There are many different philosophies regarding natural diamond and gemstone clarity. What do you think? Should a diamond be allowed to have few blemishes, or should it be as clean as the pure driven snow?

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Read more about the article Diamonds and Holidays. For Moments Like No Other.
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Diamonds and Holidays. For Moments Like No Other.

At the height of the pandemic The Natural Diamond Council launched "For moments like no other," a campaign emphasizing diamonds as powerful every day symbols beyond adornment, underscoring the benefit natural diamond purchases bring to indigenous people in the upstream value chain.

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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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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 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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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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Cut Quality Cliffs Notes

Last weekend I was asked to provide guidance for a quarantined self-gifter buying a diamond online. In order to make this online purchase she wanted a no-fail combination of weight, color, clarity and (drum roll, please) cut-quality.

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Read more about the article Diamond music to ROCK you. Which is your favorite?
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Diamond music to ROCK you. Which is your favorite?

Join me, music lovers! Click the playlist below. Put your earbuds on. Connect your Bluetooth speaker. Stream it all through your supernova-sized speakers and share this earth-shattering collection of diamond studded songs around the block. Let's share this musical journey together, and tell me your favorites.

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IGI North American President featured in INSTORE

Advocating proactivity during the ongoing crisis, IGI North American President Avi Levy champions the premise that this can't be an 'only the strong survive' scenario.

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Why IGI? Why now?

The new normal is here. We are quarantined and the future is unclear. IGI is not involved in health or government. However, as the world’s largest organization of our kind we can speak with authority about the current situation.

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