For just a handful of years now, "Ethiopian Emeralds" have been appearing on the world stage. It still seems strange that we had to wait for such a long time.
Around the world, IGI celebrated the arrival of New Year's Day over a period of 16 hours. As we celebrated from one location to the next and the next - stepping into January with anticipation and excitement - we thought it would be nice to start the new year with these positive expressions and sentiments.
The valuable asteroid composed entirely of iron and nickel drew to within 1.6 astronomical units (AU) of Earth over the weekend. If you're in the USA grab your telescope, escape light-pollution, find an elevated position and look to the north. 16 Psyche will be in the constellation of Taurus tonight.
Did you know whatever device you're using to read this post - mobile, tablet or desktop - wouldn't exist without lab-grown diamonds? Did you know diamonds are being used for medical imaging, quantum entanglement and (you read it right) teleportation? Read on.
Are close-ups of gemological inclusions actually works of art, painted by Mother Nature in anticipation of our creative human inspirations? When exploring the mysterious spaces of crystals we must sometimes ask ourselves whether we've stepped into another area, the field of real art.